Winter Weather

Winters in Virginia can mean snow or subfreezing temperatures, strong winds or icy rain storms. Winter weather can knock out heat, power and communications services to your home or office, and sometimes for days at a time.

Get your home ready for winter weather

  • Know the terms:
    • There are warnings, watches and advisories for winter weather, freezing rain and wind chill.  Learn what they mean at the National Weather Service.
  • Thoroughly check and update your family’s emergency supply kit before winter approaches. Include warm clothing and blankets.
  • Fill your car’s gas tank.
  • The safest place during winter weather is inside.
  • If you have a wood burning fireplace, consider storing wood to keep you warm if winter weather knocks out your heat.
  • Be safe when using generators and space heaters.
  • Keep a car emergency kit.

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Know the road conditions before you leave

  • Know the road conditions before you leave. Go to 511 Virginia or dial 511 to get real-time traffic information and road conditions.
  • The Virginia Department of Transportation offers the latest road reports and closures.

Be ready. Be mobile.

VDEM Ready Virginia Mobile App

Prepare for any type of emergency situation. Find out about disasters in advance with local weather and public health alerts. Locate hurricane evacuation routes and nearby open shelters. Preparing for disasters is one of the most important things you can do for the safety of you and your family. The Ready Virginia app provides you with up-to-the-minute information that affects every Virginian.

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