RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Here’s a quick look at the stories you need to know before you start your day.
The area’s second ice storm of the year has already started. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect through Friday morning to cover the freezing rain threat along with a little snow and sleet at the start of the storm.
Here is the breakdown of our ice totals. Notice the area highlighted in the black line. This area could near 3/4″ of ice in some spots.
Before the storm hit, almost all school districts and many government offices in our area closed for today. Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, Hopewell, Louisa, Petersburg, Powhatan, and Richmond public schools are all closed - among several others.
See the full list here. And keep it bookmarked for tomorrow.
Work got underway Wednesday to ease the treacherous road conditions likely to come from this round of winter weather.
Transportation crews are gearing up for more ice, and of course, more trees to fall over roadways, and they’re telling drivers to avoid travel Thursday.
We have a high level of concern that power could go out in many places again. Please prepare now.
Meanwhile, power crews are still working to restore power to those still in the dark from last weekend’s ice storm. Most of the outages remaining are coming from Southside Electric, with 23,000 customers still without power. Dominion is down to 1,500.
A fire tore through a Henrico home early Thursday morning, leaving most of it a charred mess.
Officials called the fire a “9 out of 10″ in terms of how bad it was; the roof collapsed and walls burned through. At this point, they say the cause is not weather-related.
The water is back and flowing once again for some customers, but a boil water notice remains in effect for more than 9,000 people.
And because of today’s weather, there will be no water distribution.
Virginia American Water says you need to boil water for a least a minute before using it for cooking or drinking. They’re still testing it to make sure it’s safe.
750 live agents will be available to answer questions about where to get a vaccine in the state. To pre-register, call 877-VAX-IN-VA or click here.
Keep in mind, vaccine supply is still very limited and pre-registering likely won’t result in immediate access to one. For full coverage of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Virginia, click here.
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“He who cannot put his thoughts on ice should not enter into the heat of dispute.” - Friedrich Nietzsche
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