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Posted on: March 20, 2018

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 Winter Storm Warnings for Loudoun County and the region that are in effect until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Get updated weather information online from the National Weather Service at www.weather.gov/lwx, Facebook or Twitter.  

2. Know the Status of County Facilities 

  • Check www.loudoun.gov for timely information on county operations, including the status of county facilities. 
  • Follow Loudoun County Government on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Sign up for Alert Loudoun to receive information alerts from the Loudoun County Government, including a change in status of county facilities.
  • Find out about Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) operational status at www.lcps.org or via LCPS Facebook and Twitter.

3. 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 an interactive online tool to help residents determine who is responsible for the maintenance of their roads. Learn more at www.loudoun.gov/roads

4. Know How to Be Prepared 

  • Know Your Utility Contact Information: Heavy, wet snow could 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.  

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