Agencies Prepare for Ice Storm Sunday

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

Tips from Governor McDonnell (Press Release):

Harrisonburg, Va. (WHSV) Moisture from the south and cold air from the northwest could combine for an ice storm on Sunday. Friday, Governor Bob McDonnell asked Virginians to get ready for what's in store. Icy conditions could impact travel on the roadways, at airports and in homes.

"Mostly what we get is not so much local people, it's people stranded on 81," said Capt. Duane Burleigh with the Salvation Army in Harrisonburg.

Burleigh is preparing for the worst on Sunday. With icy conditions expected, his center may be called on by the state to be used as a shelter.

"We would take an emergency shelter open here at our church. We'd clear these tables out of our facility here and put cots and blankets," said Burleigh.

Friday, Gov. McDonnell warned that the wintry mix could cause power outages in parts of area.

VDOT and the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport are preparing for problems with travel.

"That involves taking some advantage measures to make sure that all of our deicing equipment is working; that all of our snow removal equipment is ready to go," said Greg Campbell, the Executive Director of SHD.

"You never know in this part of the country, when things are going to start, we've had other years we've gotten almost nothing," said Ken Slack, who is a spokesman with VDOT.

With the forecast expected to be drier Saturday, VDOT is hoping to prep the roadways.

"That will allow our crews up and down the Staunton District, to do some pretreating," said Slack.

Right now, VDOT is stressing that people to stay off the roadways.

"Spend some time at home and alter your schedule a little bit if you don't have to be out on the roads," said Slack.

Governor McDonnell also encourages downloading the emergency preparedness app, 'Ready Virginia', which is available for iPhones and Androids.

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