RICHMOND – Gov. Bob McDonnell declared a state of emergency this morning, authorizing state agencies to assist local governments in responding to the snow storm that is pelting Virginia.
Over 12 inches of snow already has been reported in several locations along the northern Interstate 81 corridor.
About 170,000 utility customers are without power, and that number will likely increase. Due to the nature of this storm, power companies expect it will take days to restore power to some customers.
State agencies have been responding to the winter storm since last night.
The Virginia Department of Emergency Management has held weather conference calls with the National Weather Service, state agencies and local governments and VDOT crews have been working to keep roads clear of snow.
State Police have been responding to hundreds of traffic accidents and disabled vehicles, mostly in the Richmond area and the Augusta County-Charlottesville region.
State Police are still advising motorists to avoid traveling on the roads as the storm system continues to produce additional amounts of snow in the western, central and northern regions of the state.
If you must travel, check road conditions by calling 511 or logging in to www.511Virginia.org
VDOT says road conditions in the Fredericksburg are in moderate to severe condition.
Portions of Route 1, Route 2, Route 3, Route 17, and Route 208 in Spotsylvania County are in severe condition with a significant amount of snow and slush covering the roadway.
Interstate 95 and other primary roads in the Fredericksburg region remain in moderate condition. Snow and slush are covering sections of the travel lanes, and these roads are passable with caution.
VDOT crews are targeting roads that carry the most traffic, focusing on clearing interstate and primary roads as snow accumulation intensifies.