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The East Coast is bracing for a major weather event that will likely result in widespread snow and rain from Thursday through Saturday, the National Weather Service said.
A complex storm system moving west to east across the mid-Atlantic has the potential to drop as much as 2 feet of snow for some locations, including Washington D.C. and Baltimore, but should have significantly smaller impact on the Historic Triangle.
The National Weather Service, which has placed the region under a winter storm watch from Friday morning through Sunday morning, is currently predicting parts of the Historic Triangle to receive 2 to 4 or more inches of snow, but that number could increase if the storm tracks farther east.
While the exact track of the storm remains uncertain, snow is expected to spread across the region, including parts of the Historic Triangle, on Friday.
The storm is predicted to spread across the central Appalachians by early Friday while freezing rain impacts parts of western and central North Carolina. By Friday evening, low pressure is expected to reach the South Carolina coast as heavy snow spreads into the Mid-Atlantic and freezing rain impacts northern Georgia and south central Virginia.
Dominion Virginia Power is encouraging locals to prepare for possible power outages that could come as a result of significant accumulations of snow or high winds that could bring down trees or power lines.
The Virginia Department of Emergency Management is encouraging residents to put together an emergency preparedness kit with needed supplies such as flashlights, water, medicines, portable radios, extra batteries and non-perishable goods.
Virginia State Police offered up tips for driving in potentially hazardous winter weather. Drivers should use headlights when driving, slow their driving speed, keep a safe distance from other vehicles, wear a seat belt and make sure their vehicle is in proper working condition. Drivers should also not leave home without a window scraper, blanket, bottled water, a snack, a cell phone charger and a flashlight.
Additionally, the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Hampton Roads District is asking citizens to give VDOT trucks room to perform road work and to keep a safe distance from trucks plowing snow.