Governor declares storm emergency in SW Va

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Blizzard-like conditions have prompted Gov. Bob McDonnell to declare a state of emergency for parts of western and southwestern Virginia.

A storm that began Thursday night has produced snow drifts, low visibility and extreme cold temperatures in Bland, Grayson, Smyth, Tazewell and Highland counties.

McDonnell said Saturday he has directed state agencies, including the Virginia National Guard, to be ready to respond to requests for help.

He said travel is extremely hazardous. The storm is expected to continue through the weekend.

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