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VDEM Prepares for Snow Storm

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RICHMOND (WRIC) - Officials with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management continue to keep a close eye on the storm but that's not their only concern.

Though Central Virginia has mostly been spared from heavy snow, crews are on standby for the rest of the state - especially with the bitter cold temperatures forecasted.

"The way it looks, this storm may not be as significant event as storms we've had in previous years," says VDEM spokesperson Dawn Eischen. "But at this point, we need to wait and see where resources are needed."

One worry is road conditions further to the west, especially overnight if snow isn't removed and single digit temperatures take over.

Because VDEM is more worried about the cold temperatures following the snow rather than the snow itself, they've actually come up with an app full of tips you to stay safe.

Chief among those tips is what to do should the power go out and having things like flashlights, batteries and radios around to use.

"Do things like charge your devices so you can communicate in a power outage. Get your supplies now," Eischen says.

Officials at Dominion Virginia Power are hopeful the bad weather won't have a huge impact on Central Virginia customers, but they have crews on standby and ready to do.

"They know how to work in these conditions and they will get to all the areas safely and as quickly as they can," says Janelle Hancock.

At last check, Dominion was dealing with several outages in northern and southeastern Virginia.

For the snow that is falling, it shouldn't have much of an effect.

"It won't weight down the limbs of the trees and the lines either," Hancock says. "It's different from an ice storm."

Dominion Power has actually made it easier than ever to report an outage. If you still have cell service at the time, you can visit their website on your phone, report the outage and track the progress as well.

Aside from outages, the biggest challenge Dominion faces is providing more power than usual - especially as temperatures drop.

"It does take more power when it is cold, so we ask our customers to always use electricity wisely," Hancock says.

 

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