Four Things to Know for the Snow
Posted 12:45 p.m.
A winter storm is coming our way. The map to the right from the National Weather Service shows the forecasted snow accumulations through Thursday morning. Depending on your location in the county – from Mount Vernon in the east to Chantilly in the west — accumulations may vary.
To prepare for the storm:
1.) Power Outages: Be ready for power outages. The predicted heavy, wet snow and strong winds could lead to numerous outages.
- Report any power outages. You can find phone numbers for utility companies and other organizations on our emergency phone numbers page.
- Have a battery-operated radio.
- Get your phones and tablet devices charged. Be digitally prepared.
- Be ready with flashlights and extra batteries.
- Make alternative plans if you or a family member need power for medical purposes.
2.) House Supplies: Get the supplies you need today while the weather is still calm. Get the basics you need for your household (expect long lines at grocery stores!), but especially focus on prescription or over-the-counter medicine you may need. Check in on neighbors or elderly friends who may need something.
3.) Road Snow Removal: When the snow begins to fall, removal on most county roads is handled by the Virginia Department of Transportation. Keep an eye on its new snow plow map so you know the status of snow removal operations. VDOT is deploying 4,000 trucks in Northern Virginia; learn more about VDOT’s plan for Wednesday and why staying off the roads will be important.
4.) How You Can Help With Snow Removal: Here are 10 tips to think about and plan for in your neighborhood to remove the snow. This snow will be very heavy to shovel, so older adults and those with heart conditions should seek help.
The National Weather Service also provided these best and worst case scenario maps: