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News to Know for Jan. 3: Snow in RVA; School closures; Mortgage relief program launches

Looks like our first Monday of 2022 will be a snow day. Here's a look at our top headlines,...
Looks like our first Monday of 2022 will be a snow day. Here's a look at our top headlines, along with the latest updates of today's winter weather!(WWBT)
Published: Jan. 3, 2022 at 5:56 AM EST
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - It is the first Monday of the New Year, and it looks like we will kick things off with some snow! Grab your coffee, and take a look at our top headlines!

Snow, Snow & More Snow

Looks like the kiddos will be having an extended day off from school because our first Monday of 2022 will be a snow day! Since it is a First Alert Weather Day, our meteorologists are hard at work breaking down how much snow we could see here in the Commonwealth.

Today we will transition from rain to snow during the morning commute, and it will linger as late as early afternoon.

Lows will be in the low 30s, highs in the mid-30s.

Make sure to download the NBC12 First Alert Weather App to stay updated on today’s winter weather.

The Kids Get Winter Break Extended

(West Memphis School District)

Parents if you are in Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, or Richmond, no need to get the kiddos up for school because they are closed ahead of today’s winter storm.

Virginia State University is also closed today. However, VCU and Randolph Macon are virtual.

To our full list of closures, click here.

VDOT Preps for Upcoming Storm

The Virginia Department of Transportation Staunton District is preparing for an early morning...
The Virginia Department of Transportation Staunton District is preparing for an early morning winter storm on Monday, crews will be on standby beginning at midnight to monitor road conditions and begin plowing.(WHSV)

With wintry weather expected across the state, VDOT and Virginia State Police are prepping for any and everything.

VDOT crews are loading up trucks with sand and salt and will get to work once the snow begins to fall.

VDOT says they will be working around the clock until all roads are safe and passable. However, due to the rain, crews were unable to pre-treat the roads.

VDOT and Virginia State Police are advising drivers to plan ahead and delay any travel if they can.

VDH Closes Community Vaccination Centers

(Jasmin Adous)

Due to inclement weather, all community vaccination centers are closed today.

That includes scheduled events in Richmond and Chesterfield. Anyone with an appointment will be notified and asked to reschedule.

VDH will decide later today whether to open sites up for tomorrow.

City Council Tackles Redistricting

Richmond City Council meeting.
Richmond City Council meeting.((Source: NBC12))

Richmond City Council will tackle redistricting. Tonight, council will talk about the process to look at the city’s nine local voting districts.

The new map will be unveiled Jan. 24, and council will adopt a final redistricting plan on March 30th.

Mortgage Relief Program Launches

(Pixabay)

Today, applications open for Virginia’s mortgage relief program - which aims to help people stay in their homes.

Virginia received nearly $260 million of federal funds to support homeowners facing house instability due to the pandemic.

The program is similar to the rent relief program.

To apply, or learn more, click here.

Final Thought

“Kindness is like snow—it beautifies everything it covers.” - Kahlil Gibran

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