The News Desk is a collection of news, notes and breaking items affecting the Fredericksburg community.
ROUND 2 OF SNOW, SLEET LIKELY TODAY
Don’t put that ice scraper and bag of road salt away just yet, Fredericksburg.
Though parts of the region are still dealing with the dangerous road conditions and power outages wrought by Sunday’s storm, another one’s a-comin’.
Today’s weather forecast calls for snow and sleet throughout the morning, with an accumulation of 1 to 2 inches. Highs should be around 33 degrees.
But on the bright side, the sun will come out tomorrow. It’ll be chilly on Wednesday and Thursday with highs in the 30s, but forecasts are predicting sunny skies and no snow.
The Virginia Department of Transportation and area power companies say they’re prepared for the storm. VDOT has more than 850 pieces of equipment working to apply sand, salt and chemicals as well as plow snow as needed.
The Monday commute was not greatly affected by the weekend storm, but Virginia State Police responded to more than 500 crashes statewide on Sunday, nearly 300 of them in the Fredericksburg region. There were no fatalities.
A VDOT press release urged all those planning to travel today to check updated road conditions on 511Vir
ginia.org and to avoid all nonessential driving if hazardous conditions persist.
VDOT crews are not the only ones prepping to deal with the storm.
Power crews were busy Sunday and Monday working to restore electricity to thousands after ice-laden tree limbs knocked out power lines across the area, particularly affecting Culpeper and Stafford counties.
The Rappahannock Electric Cooperative reported a peak of 13,500 outages and was still working to restore power to more than 6,000 customers Monday night.
The Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative was also working to restore power to about 6,000 customers last night, including many in Stafford County. Crews struggled with replacing downed utility poles and dealing with outages in the woods or remote areas. Dominion Virginia is also still working to restore power to about 120 Stafford customers.
Town of Culpeper Light and Power crews wrestled with repeat outages affecting over 2,000 customers on Monday, as falling limbs knocked out power in some areas after the crews had already restored it once.
The power companies encourage customers to be prepared in case today’s storm causes more outages.
If you lose power:
- Report all outages immediately to the appropriate service provider.
- In anticipation of an outage, be sure to charge mobile devices.
- Those with special medical needs should have a backup source of electricity or a plan to seek shelter.
- Stay clear of downed power lines, as they could be energized, and report them to the police.
- Do not connect a portable electric generator directly to household wiring, as this could result in electrocuting anyone who comes in contact with power lines.
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Bridget Balch: 540/374-5417