Gov. Northam declares state of emergency for winter storm

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RICHMOND, Va. (WHSV) — Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency on Saturday as a winter storm began to impact much of the commonwealth.

The executive order from Richmond allows the state to mobilize resources and deploy people and equipment to assist in response and recovery efforts, according to the governor's office.

The First Alert Storm Team predicts 7 to 12 inches of snow to fall before Sunday night in the Shenandoah Valley, with higher amounts in some spots.

“Virginians should take precautions to stay safe as we begin experiencing winter weather effects," said Northam.

The emergency declaration does not apply to individuals or private businesses, according to the governor's office.