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VA Gov. McAuliffe declares State of Emergency due to snow

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Governor Terry McAuliffe on a conference call with statewide emergency responders preparing for snow. (Source: Twitter/GovernorVA) Governor Terry McAuliffe on a conference call with statewide emergency responders preparing for snow. (Source: Twitter/GovernorVA)
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a State of Emergency Monday afternoon as a serious snowstorm makes its way into the Commonwealth.

The declaration allows the state to mobilize its 12,000 pieces of equipment and 2,500 personnel to respond to the emergency. The governor also urged Virginians to stay off the roads, if possible, to allow emergency vehicles passage and to cut down on the potential for accidents.

"Every part of the Commonwealth is going to be impacted by this storm," Gov. McAuliffe said. "Every single part of the Commonwealth."

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The governor hopes to have every major road open within 48 hours of the storm, beginning with the interstate and highest priority roadways. Salt and brine treatment is already underway with 500,000 tons of salt and 500,000 gallons of brine available.

Around 38,000 Virginians lost power over the weekend due to high winds and cold weather, though the majority are now back online. There are concerns of more outages as this storm makes its way across the state.

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VDOT trucks are already in place across the state awaiting the first flakes, which are already falling in parts of the Commonwealth. 

"We are prepared. Our trucks have been deployed, we've got the teams out there, we have the materials we need on the road," said McAuliffe. "We're ready to go."

The governor called off a meeting to meet Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to deal with the storm.

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