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The major winter storm projected to hit the Mid-Atlantic today, with predictions showing the storm will hit the greater Williamsburg area mid-morning.
The National Weather Service is forecasting James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg will see between 2 and 4 inches of snow, with snowfall to begin around 11 a.m. The snow will end around 4 p.m., when rain and sleet is expected to fall.
With the impending snowfall, the National Weather Service has placed the region under a winter storm warning from 7 a.m. Friday through 1 a.m. Saturday.
On Thursday morning, Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency for the impending winter storm, which could dump up to 2 feet of snow, as well as wind gusts of up to 50 mph in Central and Northern Virginia.
“All Virginians should take the threat of this storm seriously and take necessary precautions now to ensure they are prepared for travel disruptions and possible power outages during a cold weather period,” said McAuliffe in a news release.
Because of the state of emergency, Virginia Department of Transportation crews are on 24-hour operations and are pre-treating roads where possible.
Additionally, the Virginia State Police have all uniformed personnel and necessary specialty units ready for a potential spike in traffic crashes and disabled vehicles resulting from the storm.