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Governor Northam issues State of Emergency ahead of wintry weather

MARTINSVILLE, VA – Over the last few weeks, we have seen a double whammy of back to back winter storms, which we have seen anything from snow to freezing rain/sleet this weekend.

According to Ordinance 76 signed from the Governor's office Thursday, Feb. 11, the Commonwealth of Virginia will be in the State of Emergency until March 13, unless Northam decides to amend or rescind the order.

"Accordingly, I direct state and local governments to render appropriate assistance to prepare for this event, to alleviate any conditions resulting from the situation, and to implement recovery and mitigation operations and activities to return impacted areas to pre-event conditions as much as possible," said Governor Northam.

The motion to pass this executive order comes soon after the National Weather Service issued winter weather alerts for much of Virginia, including our coverage area, as a series of winter storms are forecasted to move across the state.

According to the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center, the state could see anywhere from a quarter to a half-inch of ice accumulated over the next two days. This could result in scattered to sporadic power outages.

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