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Volunteers Save Stafford $1 Million

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Stafford County government volunteers have made a big impact in saving the county funds, volunteering up to $1 million of time in full-time staff expenses. The volunteer program for the local government has been active for several years, but this is a new milestone for the group.

More from a Stafford County release:

In 2013, volunteers gave more than 40,674 hours of service to the County. Those hours of service equate to $1,057,524 worth of full-time staff costs, including benefits. These figures are determined by taking the volunteer rate ($26.00 with benefits) that is dictated by the state’s Bureau of Labor statistics and multiplying that by the total number of hours that are volunteered.

“Our volunteers are truly one of our best assets,” said Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Jack Cavalier, Griffis-Widewater District. “They provide a high level of customer service and their efforts contribute greatly to the daily work of Stafford County. We are grateful for each and every one of them.”

The volunteers operate out of the Citizens Assistance Office in the George L. Gordon, Jr., Government Center.

Often the first person visitors see, volunteers staff the reception desk, answer phones and provide ombudsman services in the Government Center. They help with data entry support, traffic and transportation services for the Sheriff’s Office, and clerical and reception support at the Circuit and District courts and other offices. Currently, there are 188 volunteers on the roster. Two of the volunteers donated more than 1,000 hours of service last year alone.

 

Stafford, Prince William Police Surround Neighborhood

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11:30 a.m. 

A search of a neighborhood was prompted by driver fleeing police.

Police in Prince William County attempted to stop the driver of a Cadillac but the driver sped away. When the driver drove out of Prince William County and into Stafford County, Virginia State Police and deputies from the Stafford sheriff’s office set up a perimeter to search for the suspect.

Virginia State Police are assisting Prince William police in their investigation said Sgt. F.L. Tyler. No charges have been filed in the case.

11:50 p.m. 

NORTH STAFFORD, Va. — A Cadillac that jumped the curb, drove through the front lawn of town homes, knocked down a road sign, and narrowly missed a parked car was the focus of a police investigation late Tuesday night.

Stafford County Sheriff’s deputies, Prince William County police officers, and Virginia State Police descended onto the Townes of Tall Oaks neighborhood off Barrett Heights Road in North Stafford about 11 p.m. Witnesses said they saw a Cadillac drive into the town house development, drive onto a curb, and then come to a complete stop at the end of Tall Oaks Court. One witness said he saw a man jump out of the car and flee the scene on foot.

Stafford County Sheriff’s Deputies set up a perimeter around the scene, posting police cruisers along nearby streets and Barrett Heights Road. Stafford and Prince William law enforcement officers also brought in K9 dogs to the area.

We don’t have details from police on what prompted this search. We’ll bring you them as soon as we have them.

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Winter Weather Expected Today and Tomorrow

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The National Weather Service has forecasted for winter weather in the Stafford area for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Snow today is expected to begin before noon, with less than half an inch of accumulation. More snow is expected overnight into Wednesday morning, with less than an inch of accumulation.

More from a National Weather Service release:

DAY ONE…TODAY AND TONIGHT

LIGHT SNOW IS POSSIBLE THIS MORNING THROUGH MIDDAY ACROSS THE

OUTLOOK AREA.

DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY

LIGHT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ARE LIKELY LATE TONIGHT THROUGH

WEDNESDAY MORNING ACROSS THE OUTLOOK AREA.

A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR THE TIDAL POTOMAC AND

MARYLAND CHESAPEAKE BAY WEDNESDAY.

 

Stafford Traffic Hotspots for the Week

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As crews repair potholes from the recent string of winter weather, and some area roads are currently under construction, look out for these traffic hotspots, from a VDOT release:

Interstate 95

Monday – Tuesday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; crews will be repairing potholes on I-95 north and south between mile marker 148 in Stafford County and mile marker 160 in Prince William County. One lane will be closed in this mobile work zone.

Tuesday and Thursday, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.; crews will be repairing potholes on I-95 north and south between mile marker 148 in Stafford County and mile marker 160 in Prince William County. Two lanes will be closed in this mobile work zone.

Route 1208 (Furnace Road)

(Update) Sunday – Saturday, 24-hour closure. The road is closed to all traffic for an emergency repair. Crews are replacing two drainage pipes and repairing the road surface. Motorists should use Joshua Road or the most convenient alternate route as a detour.

Under Construction

Stafford County

Route 17

Route 17 is being widened from four to six lanes between McLane Drive and Stafford Lakes Parkway, a distance of nearly 2 miles. The speed limit is reduced from 45 mph to 35 mph on northbound and southbound Route 17 between Cardinal Forest Drive and International Parkway. Motorists should be alert for periodic overnight lane closures. Project completion date is December 2016.

Route 1 Bridge over Aquia Creek

Crews are replacing the Route 1 bridge at Aquia Creek, located just south of Telegraph Road. Motorists should be alert to construction equipment entering and exiting the work zone and periodic lane closures. Estimated completion date is August 2015.

Falmouth Intersection (Route 1/Route 17/Route 218)

Utility relocation work is underway. Motorists should be prepared for brief delays and periodic lane closures on Route 1 just north and south of the Falmouth intersection. Construction work will begin in March 2014.

 

Snow Possible Tuesday & Wednesday

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Following the spring-like temperatures we saw over the weekend, might see some snow Tuesday and Wednesday.

Flurries mixed with rain are possible Tuesday morning, mainly before noon. Temperatures were forecast to drop into the mid 20s Monday night and rise into the high 30s Tuesday. Up to an inch of snow is possible on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

More snow is expected to move into the region after 3 a.m. Wednesday. It will taper off about 9 a.m. bringing about a inch of total accumulation to the region.

The remainder of week will be sunny and cold with high temperatures in the 30s and 40s.

 

Chain Reaction Crash Injures 5

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STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. — A crash that closed a portion of Interstate 95 Sunday injured five people. A tractor trailer driver is now charged.

Here’s more in a press release from Virginia State Police:

Virginia State Police investigated a multiple vehicle crash that resulted in five injuries Sunday (Feb. 23) in Stafford County. At 4:01 p. m., state police responded to the crash in the northbound lanes of I-95 at the 137 mile marker.

A tractor-trailer is traveling in the northbound lanes of I-95, when it brakes suddenly and swerves to the left to avoid slowed and stopped traffic ahead of it in the northbound lanes. As the driver tries to avoid striking vehicles, it ran off the left side of the roadway and struck a guardrail. The tractor-trailer then came back into the roadway and struck several vehicles causing a chain reaction that ultimately involved a total of seven vehicles being involved.

A total of five individuals in seven vehicles were injured. Two were treated at the scene by medical personnel and 3three were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment for injuries sustained in the crash.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, Dwight Deon Smith, 53, of Elizabethtown, NC, was not injured. He was charged with reckless driving by Trooper H. Jamie who investigated the crash..

Northbound lanes of I-95 were re-opened by 5:21 p.m.

 

Investigation Continues on Multi-Vehicle Crash on I-95

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The 11-vehicle crash that happened on I-95 North yesterday morning is still being investigated by the Virginia State Police. The crash took place at 11:03 a.m. at the 144-mile marker in Stafford. 

The accident happened when a tractor-trailor braked suddenly and swerved to avoid traffic congestion ahead. The driver of the tractor-trailer attempted to avoid hitting vehicles, and when driving between the center and left lanes, he sideswiped 10 vehicles before stopping.

More from a Virginia State Police release:

A total of five individuals in four of the 10 vehicles are transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, Antolin Francia, 61, of Miami, Fla., was not injured. He was charged with reckless driving. 

Northbound lanes of I-95 were re-opened by 1:44 p.m.

Harrell Road Closed Due to Flooding

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Due to high water, Harrell Road (Rt. 623) will be closed to Stafford residents at the Claiborne Run. Harrell Road is located between Rt. 627 and Rt. 607.

As the snow begins to melt throughout the region, other areas may experience flooding and high water.

No details have been released on when traffic will resume on the road, and steps to deal with the high water.

 

Commemorative Coin to be Sold for Stafford’s 350-Year Celebration

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To continue celebrating its 350-year anniversary and rich history, the 350th Blue Ribbon Committee has released a commemorative coin, which will be sold at the Olde Virginia in North Stafford.

Local artist Jason Breidenbach was the designer of the coin, and winner of the coin design contest for the Stafford 350 site, which was announced this past summer.

More on the commemorative coin from the Stafford 350 website:

The coins are $10.00 and proceeds from the sales support the year-long anniversary celebration. Olde Virginia Gourmet specializes in food, wine, and other gifts from around Virginia with a focus on Stafford County and the surrounding localities. The store is located at 261 Garrisonville Road, Suite 109 and is open Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. You may reach Olde Virginia Gourmet at (540) 720-3901.

Coins may also be purchased in the Citizens Assistance Office of the George L. Gordon, Jr., Government Center, 1300 Courthouse Road, Stafford, VA 22554.

Board of Supervisors Revisit Waste-to-Energy Plant

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The Stafford County Board of Supervisors voted to amend a previous ordinance in the County Code that will now halt the proposed construction of a waste-to-energy plant in Stafford.

The waste-to-energy plant was to be built on leased land where the regional landfill in Stafford is currently located on Eskimo Hill Road. The plant would have changed how the County would handle some of their waste disposal, using a process of pyrolosis, which heats waste to convert it into electricity.

The proposal brought forth included a $100,000 lease per year for the facility, which would cover 120,000 square feet, employ 60 people, bring $65 million to the area, and an provide an advance of $1 million to make modifications to Eskimo Hill Road, which leads up to the plant.

Originally the Board voted in March of 2013 to allow for the power generating facility to be built on the site. While the plant had potential to heat up to 1,300 homes in the area, strong environmental concerns were brought up by Stafford residents and elected officials, with a request to revisit the issue.

In October of 2013, the Board conferred with the Planning Commission, asking them to consider a repeal of the approval of power generating facilities on the site. The revision was recommended by the Planning Commission, and the Board amended their earlier decision to provide permissions on the site at their February 4 meeting. This revision will require a conditional use permit (CUP) for the project to move forward.

While the development of the waste-to-energy plant is still possible, developers of the site will need to go through the CUP process. The CUP will allow for public hearings to take place, where residents can address their concerns about the plant. More information on speaking in a public hearing can be found here.

No hearings have been officially set for the project to date.

 

 

Stafford Schools on Two Hour Delay, County Government Opens on Time

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With the icy conditions in the Stafford area, the Stafford County schools have decided to start on a two hour delay for today.

Stafford County Schools will operate on a two hour delay today, Tuesday, February 18. Inclement weather conditions will be reassessed at 7:15 a.m. There will be no a.m. preschool classes. No change to p.m. preschool classes.

Stafford County Government offices will be open at normal times for today.

 

Stafford Resident Wins National Writing Contest

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Stafford resident and author Brett Lane was awarded first place in “The Novelist Writing Contest” for his e-book, “The Cain Children.”

Lane, who has been living in Stafford for five years, has worked as a law enforcement agent across the Northern Virginia area which helped to inspire his work.

“Many of the graphic images described in my book come from actual situations that I have had dealings with in my career, obviously changed to fit the story line,” Lane said.

Being inspired to write by his line of work, Lane began looking for story ideas and came across an iPad application called “The Novelist.” The app was advertising a writing contest, and Lane decided to give it a shot. To his surprise he made it through the first round.

“The first cut after the “auditions” [took] the group down to ten authors and the public [began] voting for their favorite each week. The writer with the least amount of votes [was] removed from the contest. Each week, the hosts of the contest [gave] the writers a topic to write about, a minimum and maximum number of words, and a dead line to turn it in,” Lane said of the contest.

After fierce competition, Lane won the competition. His prize was the publication of “The Cain Children.”

“I thought of an idea for a book while riding the VRE. ‘What if there were genes in us that made us turn out bad?’ That idea snowballed into my novel,” Lane said.

The novel is currently available on Amazon, and Lane has made plans to begin working on the second book in the series.

“My book is not for the faint of heart, but has received very good reviews and was named on the Amazon.com’s Best Seller in Horror list. My dream would be to become the next Stephen King.”

 

4 p.m. Burn Law Takes Effect in Stafford

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To help maintain air quality for Stafford residents, a 4 p.m. Burn Law has been enacted to regulate open burning in the county.

Open burning on residential property includes the burning of wood, brush, grass and leaves. All burning of garbage and waste is prohibited throughout the county.

For the allowed usage of open burning, a permit is required by the Stafford Fire and Rescue Department.

If you intend to burn you must notify Stafford County Communications Center at 540-658-4440.

PERMIT REQUIREMENT A permit is required for open burning for the purpose of land or site

clearing operations. This permit may be obtained from the Fire and Rescue Department. No permits will be issued between June 1 and August 31 (see below). Open burning for the purpose of land clearing operations for such things as constructing roads and highways, buildings and building areas, parking areas, and power and communication lines are prohibited in the Northern Virginia Volatile Organic Compounds Emissions Control Area during the months of June, July, and August. This area encompasses northern Virginia localities, including the County of Stafford (see 9 VAC 5-40-5630 and 9 VAC 5-20-206).

The burn law will be effective from February 15 to April 30 every year, where residents will only be allowed to open between 4 p.m. and 12 a.m.

More information on open burning from a Stafford Fire and Rescue release:

PROHIBITED OPEN BURNING The burning of garbage, refuse, trash, rubbish and other forms of

liquid or solid waste is prohibited at all times.

RESIDENTIAL BURNING The burning of wood, brush, grass trimmings or leaves is permitted in all areas of the County, provided the following conditions are met:

1. The fire must be a minimum of 50 feet from any structure and be 300 feet from any

occupied dwelling. If you wish to burn within 300 feet of an occupied dwelling you MUST

have written permission from those who occupy those dwellings; AND 2. You MUST

constantly attend the fire at all times; AND 3. Burning MUST be conducted in such a

fashion as to minimize any nuisance to neighbors.

OPEN BURNING FOR LAND AND SITE CLEARING Open burning for land and site clearing

operations resulting from commercial, industrial, or residential development is prohibited in all areas of the County designated as R-1, R-2, R-3, R-4, PD-1 and PD-2 on the County’s zoning maps.

Open burning for these purposes is permitted in all other areas of the County, provided certain

conditions are complied with, as required by the Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services.

RECREATIONAL FIRES Bonfires and campfires are permitted if the fuel consists only of seasoned dry hardwood, ignited with a small quantity of paper. Fires will be no more than 5 feet by 5 feet in dimension and will not burn more than 3 hours at any one time. At no time shall bonfires or campfires be used for waste disposal purposes.

HELPFUL HINTS FOR LEAF BURNING

• Burn only dry leaves. Wet leaves produce unnecessary smoke generation.

• Burn only small piles no more than 3 feet wide and 2 feet tall. Large, long piles

do not completely burn.

• Never use gas, lighter fluid or any other fuel to kindle or rekindle a fire. If the

leaves need fuel to burn, they are too wet to burn and may create potential for

injury.

• Start the fire in your leaf pile against the wind. This will allow the fire to burn

slower and burn deeper into the leaf pile.

• Keep small children away from the fire and out of the smoke. • Keep a garden

hose handy in case of sudden, uncontrolled fire spread. Violation of these

regulations is a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine up to $2500 and possible jail

time.

DEFINITIONS

BONFIRE – An outdoor fire used for ceremonial purposes.

SITE & LAND CLEARING – The process of clearing land of trees, brush and

other debris for the purpose of making way for streets, roads and/or buildings.

GARBAGE – Animal and vegetable matter such as that originating in houses,

kitchens, restaurants and hotels or produce markets which is accumulated in the

course of ordinary day-to-day living.

RECREATIONAL BURNING – An outdoor fire which is used to cook food for

human consumption, such as camp fires, warming fire and bonfires.

REFUSE – Trash, rubbish, garbage and other forms of solid or liquid waste,

including but not limited to wastes resulting from residential, agricultural,

commercial, industrial, institutional trade, construction, land clearing, forest

management and emergency operations.

A Guide to Open Air Burning For further information on Stafford County open burn laws, please

contact the Fire & Rescue Department at (540) 658-7200 Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

 

Stafford County Government Offices, Courts Closed Monday for President’s Day

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Stafford County Government offices will be closed on Monday, February 17, in observance of President’s Day.

In addition to local government offices, the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, Circuit Court, and General District Court will also be closed on Monday.

During this closure, the following offices will be open, from a Stafford County release:

Fire and Rescue Information (540) 658-4400

Emergency 9-1-1

 
Sheriff’s Office Information (540) 658-4400

Emergency 9-1-1 

Magistrate (540) 659-2968

Woodlands Pool Regular Hours – 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The Regional Landfill and Belman Road Recycling Center in Fredericksburg will be open during normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

 

Cellular Company Seeks to Lease County Water Tank

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New Cingular Wireless, a communications business, is seeking a lease on Stone River Water Tank in Stafford. The company is seeking to rent the property and use the water tower to transmit and receive communication signals.

If permitted, New Cingular Wireless will hold a five-year lease of the property, and pay $2,850 monthly for the first year, with a 3% rent increase each following year.

More from a Stafford County documents:

Under the terms of the lease, New Cingular Wireless will have access to the tank site at all times for regular maintenance and repairs, as well as for emergency purposes, with the stipulations that they must notify designated County staff prior to entering the site. Utilities staff will have the option of accompanying them to the site.

The Utilities Commission considered this matter at its January 14, 2013 meeting. The Utilities Commission voted 4 to 0 to recommend leasing the county property at the Stone River Water Tank for a cellular communications facility.

Leasing of County property requires a public hearing to consider public comments on the proposed lease. Staff recommends approval of proposed Resolution R14-19, which authorizes the County Administrator to authorize a public hearing on the proposed lease of County property at the Stone River Water Tank site.

 The Stafford County Board of Supervisors voted and approved a public hearing on their February 4, 2014 meeting. This public hearing will allow Stafford residents to address concerns with the lease.

For resident’s wishing to speak about their concerns with the lease, there are two opportunities at the Stafford County Board of Supervisors meetings to do so; when there is a public presentation at the meeting, or when there is a public hearing on the issue.

The date of the public hearing for the lease has not yet been announced.

More information on the guidelines to speak at the BOS meetings.

Storm Warning Still in Effect, VDOT Urges Motorists to Stay Home

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The snow that has accumulated overnight shows no sign of stopping, as the National Weather Service has extended the Winter Storm Warning for the region into 5 a.m. Friday.

With accumulations of 12-18 inches in many parts of Stafford County, conditions will continue to be dangerous on roads, and power outages are still expected.

VDOT has been working through the night to clear the roads, but conditions are still extremely dangerous, and they are urging motorists to stay off of the roads.

More information from a Stafford County release:

Snow and freezing rain continues to fall throughout the 14- county Fredericksburg District. Road conditions are extremely hazardous and motorists are urged to stay off the roads until conditions improve.

During the overnight hours, VDOT and snow removal contractors battled periods of heavy snow and high winds resulting in blowing and drifting snow and poor visibility. These conditions hampered the snow removal operation.

Crews are using plow trains, multiple trucks staggered in each lane plowing and pushing snow off to the shoulder, to clear the travel lanes as quickly as possible.

Interstate 95, primary and secondary routes throughout the district remain snow and ice covered.

Crews will continue to focus on clearing the interstate, primary and high volume secondary routes before turning their attention to low volume secondary routes and subdivision streets.

And more information on the Winter Storm Warning from the National Weather Service:

…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM EST FRIDAY…

* PRECIPITATION TYPE…HEAVY SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS…12 TO 18 INCHES.

* TIMING…SNOW WILL BE HEAVY AT TIMES THROUGH MID-MORNING.

SNOWFALL RATES MAY DECREASE LATE THIS MORNING INTO EARLY THIS

AFTERNOON. HOWEVER…ANOTHER ROUND OF MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW

IS EXPECTED LATE THIS AFTERNOON INTO TONIGHT.

* TEMPERATURES…RISING INTO THE LOWER TO MIDDLE 30S.

* WINDS…NORTH 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 30 MPH.

* IMPACTS…ROADS WILL BE SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY. TRAVEL WILL

BE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. HEAVY WET SNOW COULD LEAD TO POWER

OUTAGES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT

AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS.

ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL…KEEP AN EXTRA

FLASHLIGHT… FOOD…AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN

EMERGENCY.

 

VDOT Issues Warning on Road Conditions

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As snow falls throughout the region tonight, and into tomorrow, VDOT has issued a release, warning of current hazardous road conditions for drivers.

VDOT is continuing to plow and treat the roads as the snow progresses.

More from a VDOT release:

At this time, there are patches of ice and snow on the primary routes in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula areas. Interstate 95 and primary routes in the Fredericksburg area are wet. These conditions are expected to change as the snow intensifies. Motorists are reminded that bridges, overpasses, ramps and turn lanes freeze first.

VDOT crews and contractors are applying chemicals on the interstate, primary and high volume secondary routes as needed and will continue to treat roads throughout the night. Plowing operations will begin once there is at least two inches of snow on the pavement.

 

VDOT Prepared for Incoming Storm

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With weather forecasts projecting 6-10 inches of snow in the Stafford area, VDOT has mobilized and prepared to clear major roadways across the state.

More than 800 pieces of equipment are available in the Fredericksburg area, Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula to plow roads and apply sand and salt. Approximately 70 trucks are dedicated to clearing Interstate 95’s travel lanes and ramps.

Yesterday, VDOT pre-treated the interstate, primary roads and high-volume secondary roads with an anti-icing solution of salt brine. Anti-icing prevents ice from bonding to the pavement during inclement weather, which reduces the risk of hazardous travel conditions.

VDOT plans to work non-stop once the snow begins, making sure that all state-maintained roads are safe to travel. The goal is to have all major roadways cleared and passable within 48 hours after the storm has finished.

They have encouraged drivers to limit their time on the roads during the storm.

 

6-10 Inches of Snow Projected, State of Emergency Declared

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As Stafford and surrounding areas prepare from 6-10 inches of snow starting this evening, the Governor of Virginia has declared a state of emergency.

In declaring a state of emergency, the governor authorizes state agencies to identify and position resources for quick response anywhere they are needed in Virginia.

“Now is the time for Virginia to get ready for this storm,” said Governor McAuliffe. “This state of emergency declaration will empower the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the Department of Transportation, the Virginia National Guard, and our electric and cable utilities to prepare for a storm that is predicted to create power outages and significant travel challenges across the Commonwealth over the next few days.

“Just as state government is preparing for this storm, I urge every Virginian to take proper preparations. Prepare to limit unnecessary travel during the storm, have emergency supplies on hand and be ready in the event that power in your area goes out.”

More information for residents to be weather-ready.

The National Weather Service has placed the area under a Winter Storm Warning, projecting more than 6-10 inches with a potential of 12 inches in areas elevated above 800 ft.

Because the snow will begin this evening, road conditions may be dangerous, although VDOT has already begun pre-treating the roads

Power outages are also possible over the course of the storm. More information about power outages from a Stafford County release:

Dominion Virginia Power – Customers who lose power can also report the outages through Dominion’s toll-free customer service line, 866-DOM-HELP (866-366-4357). The company will also issue periodic updates on Facebook and Twitter (DomVaPower).

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative – Should any power interruptions result from this storm, members may report their outages online at www.myrec.coop by clicking the Report Outage button at the top of any page. Those who prefer to phone in their outage report can call toll-free: 1-800-552-3904. Please keep in mind that increases in REC call volume may make it more convenient to use a smart phone and report outages online.

Also keep in mind that downed power lines are extremely dangerous. If you see one, stay away, and call 911 or REC immediately at 1-800-552-3904. For information about REC, please visit us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or our website, www.myrec.coop.

While there are no reported closings, cancellations or delays at this time, Stafford Local will be posting updates throughout the storm for any closings that occur.

More information from a National Weather Service release:

…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM THIS EVENING

TO 8 PM EST THURSDAY…

* PRECIPITATION TYPE…HEAVY SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS…6 TO 10 INCHES…WITH UP TO 12 INCHES AT

ELEVATIONS ABOVE 800 FEET.

* TIMING…SNOW WILL OVERSPREAD THE AREA FROM THE SOUTH BETWEEN

8 PM AND 10 PM WEDNESDAY EVENING. SNOW WILL BE HEAVY AT TIMES

WEDNESDAY NIGHT INTO THURSDAY MORNING. SNOW IS EXPECTED TO

TAPER OFF LATE THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING.

* TEMPERATURES…IN THE UPPER TEENS TO LOWER 20S WEDNESDAY

NIGHT…SLOWLY RISING INTO THE LOWER 30S THURSDAY AFTERNOON.

* WINDS…NORTHEAST 5 TO 15 MPH WEDNESDAY EVENING…BECOMING

NORTH AND INCREASING TO 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 30 MPH LATE

WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY.

* IMPACTS…ROADS WILL BECOME SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY. TRAVEL

WILL BE DANGEROUS WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY. HEAVY WET SNOW

COULD LEAD TO SOME POWER OUTAGES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER

CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW

ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN

EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL…KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT…

FOOD…AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

More than 12-inches of Snow Possible for the Region

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Stafford is currently under a Winter Storm Watch, as snow is projected to begin on Wednesday evening and continue into Thursday evening.

While Stafford is expected to have more than 5 inches of accumulation, some models from the National Weather Service project more than 12-inches of accumulation throughout the region.

There is concern that heavy, wet snow could lead to some power outages during the storm.

More information from a National Weather Service release:

…WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY EVENING

THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING…

* PRECIPITATION TYPE…SNOW AND SLEET

* ACCUMULATIONS…THE POTENTIAL FOR 5 OR MORE INCHES OF SNOW AND

SLEET.

* TIMING…SNOW IS EXPECTED TO MOVE IN FROM THE SOUTH WEDNESDAY

EVENING. SNOW MAY MIX WITH SLEET AND RAIN LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT

AND THURSDAY. THE SNOW COULD BE HEAVY AT TIMES WEDNESDAY NIGHT

AND THURSDAY.

* TEMPERATURES…IN THE MID TO UPPER 20S WEDNESDAY NIGHT…

SLOWLY RISING INTO THE LOWER AND MIDDLE 30S THURSDAY AFTERNOON.

* WINDS…NORTH 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH.

* IMPACTS…ROADS MAY BECOME SNOW AND SLEET COVERED AND

SLIPPERY. TRAVEL MAY BE DANGEROUS WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND

THURSDAY. HEAVY WET SNOW COULD LEAD TO SOME POWER OUTAGES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT

SNOW AND SLEET ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL. CONTINUE TO

MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.

 

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