RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia state workers are heading home for the day as a winter storm continues to pile on snow in central and western portions of the state.
Gov. Bob McDonnell said at a news briefing Wednesday that the workers were given the green light to go at 1 p.m., and he warned that the storm that has buried nearly one-fourth of the state will likely cause more power failures.
More than 200,000 customers are without power. Utility officials said they can't say when power will be restored as snow continues to fall, hampering crews' assessments.
Snow depths range from several inches in the Richmond area to about 20 inches in the Shenandoah Valley and the mountains.