Gov. Terry McAuliffe is heading to northern Virginia to size up the impact of the fearsome snowstorm that pounded the state.
McAuliffe is scheduled to stop by Fairfax on Sunday afternoon with a contingent of emergency response officials. Scheduled to attend are his transportation secretary, Aubrey Layne, and public safety and homeland security chief Brian Moran.
Local public safety officials are also scheduled to join McAuliffe, who took a spin on a snowplow Saturday in Richmond.
Read more on the latest of the storm here.
— What is it? Possibly one of history’s 10 worst winter storms to hit the East Coast. Heavy snow and high winds are moving across the northern mid-Atlantic region. Washington, Baltimore and New York have been toppled with more than two feet of snow and it’s still falling.
— Why now? All the ingredients have come together to create a blizzard with brutally high winds, dangerous inland flooding, white-out conditions and even the possibility of thunder snow, with Washington at the epicenter, forecasters said. The storm initially picked up warm water from the Gulf of Mexico, then gained much more moisture from the warmer-than-usual Gulf Stream off the East Coast. More here.
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"We want you to give us time," says Montgomery County Council Member Craig Rice. He says we are going to be digging out of this for a while.
As the "Big Dig" continues, plow drivers obviously have their work cut out for them. Once again, you are being asked to let the snow plows plow and once again, motorists and pedestrians are being asked to stay off the roads.
With possible cabin fever setting in and the forecasted sunshine, it might be tempting to head outside, Rice says. But there's a unified message from Virginia, D.C. and Maryland officials. "We want all of our pedestrians to stay off the roads," says Craig Rice, a Montgomery County Council Member.
Snow plow drivers are already battling the mammoth task of getting us out from under all of this snow and they don't need to be battling with pedestrians walking in the street.
It not only slows down the snow removal process, but even bigger, Rice says this is a very serious safety concern. "If you think about these multi-ton vehicles, how difficult it is to stop especially on a snowy road it can create a huge disaster."
He says this is going to be a really long haul even with snow plow crews who are working around the clock. He says, "It's going to take quite a while to get rid of this snow, to make sure we have passable walkways and roads to reach some of our neighborhood streets."
There were relatively few power outages across the Washington metropolitan area during the storm, despite concerns about widespread outages.
"We've been preparing for this for quite some time," Pepco spokesman Bob Hainey told WTOP. "Since 2010, we've trimmed more than 9,000 miles of trees and replaced hundreds of miles of underground cable."
The effort cost the utility millions of dollars, but Hainey said it tries to improve the reliability on a day-to-day basis so when you have a storm the size of this past blizzard, it helps with the recovery effort.
But the power company was also a bit lucky.
"We had expected much heavier snow," Hainey explained. "We got lighter, drier snow. But when the heavier snows did hit, we were spot on."
Hainey cautions that every storm is different and they will take what they have learned from this storm and apply it to any disturbance in the future.
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