Richmond Report: Sixth Week & SNOW!
As of today, the Virginia General Assembly has officially "crossed over," which means that each chamber now must work exclusively on bills that came over from the other chamber during the past 30 days of the legislative session.
Because of the low volume of Senate bills that are ready to be voted on by the House at this early stage, today's session on the House floor was remarkably short.
Additionally, because of the impending snow storm throughout Virginia, all House committee and subcommittee meetings for the remainder of today and tomorrow morning were canceled.
The latest weather forecast predicts 8-14 inches of wet snow, sleet and freezing rain starting this afternoon, February 12, through Thursday afternoon, February 13.
There is potential for higher amounts of snow across areas of Central Virginia, Northern Virginia and Western Virginia, with potential ice accumulations up to a quarter-of-an-inch, and gusty winds that could create transportation issues and significant power outages.
Yesterday, Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a State of Emergency, and VDOT is deploying thousands of trucks and applying anti-icing treatment to major roadways across the Commonwealth.
We should all expect heavy traffic conditions, delays in snow removal, power outages, possible school closings or delayed start time, and other inconveniences.
Below is some useful contact information for you to keep nearby in case of emergencies. Consider printing out this email in case of power outage.
* For ALL emergencies, please dial: 9-1-1
* Fairfax County Emergency Information Line: 703-817-7771, TTY 7-1-1
* If you need snow removal from public roads around you (those that are maintained by the state through Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), not by your private homeowners' association), please call 1-800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623). This number is answered 24/7 by a live person, and all calls will be logged and addressed appropriately.
* Residents can also e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with details on your location and the snow situation you need addressed.
* VDOT has developed a real-time online tracking tool to help you better understand the agency's snow removal process. Click here to learn more about their northern Virginia's snow removal program.
* Dominion Virginia Power outages and downed wires: 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357), TTY 7-1-1. Dominion Twitter @DomVAPower and Facebook www.facebook.com/dominionvirginiapower will provide updates throughout the storm.
* Pepco Power outages and downed wires: 1-877-737-2662
* Downed Trees in Fairfax County (numbers vary based on situation): http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/recover/tree-removal.htm
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* Fairfax County Public Schools: http://www.fcps.edu
* Federal Government Operating Status: http://www.opm.gov
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* Cox Communications: 703-378-8422
* Verizon: 1-800-837-4966
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* My personal mobile phone is 703-999-2782 and I have it with me at all times so please feel free to call if you can't get through to anyone else.