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Posted on: March 13, 2017

Four Things to Know Ahead of the Winter Storm in Loudoun

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Loudoun County encourages members of the community to take steps to prepare for the impact of a forecasted winter weather event. Here are four things for every resident to know ahead of the snow storm.

1. Know the Forecast
  • The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Loudoun County and the region in effect from 7:00 p.m., Monday, March 13, 2017, through 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, 2017. Snow accumulations ranging from 6 to 12 inches are in the forecast. Get updated weather information online from the National Weather Service at www.weather.gov/lwx, Facebook, or Twitter.  
2. Know About Road Safety and Snow Removal Efforts
  • Don’t Crowd the Plow: The Virginia Department of Transportation urges motorists to stay off the roads during the winter storm. Track snow removal efforts and get real-time traffic information by visiting www.virginiadot.org. Follow VDOT on Facebook and Twitter. Call VDOT for more information at 1-800-FOR-ROAD.
  • If you have to travel on snow-covered roads, be sure to review driving safety and preparedness tips from the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office before heading out on the road. 
  • Who Plows Your Road? Loudoun County has a new interactive online tool to help residents determine who is responsible for the maintenance of their roads. Learn more at www.loudoun.gov/roads.  
3. Know How to Be Prepared 
  • Know Your Utility Contact Information: Heavy snow may cause power outages due to the weight of the snow on tree limbs and power lines. Loudoun County emergency management officials suggest that you take time to charge cell phones and other electronics ahead of the inclement weather. If you need to report outages, make sure you have contact information for local utilities, which is posted at www.loudoun.gov/winter.
  • Make a Plan and Build an Emergency Kit: Every family is encouraged to review family emergency plans and have an emergency supply kit with items such as flashlights and batteries, battery-operated radio, water, first aid supplies, canned food and can opener, etc. Learn more about emergency preparedness at www.loudoun.gov/ready.  
4. Know How to Stay Informed 
  • Loudoun County’s Winter Weather web page at www.loudoun.gov/winter provides a full range of links to helpful resources, including links to VDOT, local utilities and more.
  • Sign up for Alert Loudoun to receive a broad range of information from the Loudoun County Government. 
  • Follow Loudoun County Government on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Find out about Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) operational status at www.lcps.org or via the LCPS Facebook and Twitter.

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