The blizzard of 2018 is underway and all of the roads on the Eastern Shore are blocked by blowing and drifting snow. All motorists are urged not to attempt to drive The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel is closed to all traffic. The heavy winds are piling snow up and blocking most roads. VDOT is out working but for the forseeable future their efforts are focused on Rt 13 and the primary feeder roads leading into the major towns.
911 has been very active overnight answering numerous calls for assistance. Several accidents have been reported all over the Eastern Shore.
A fire destroyed a home in Cheriton last night.
Businesses, schools, the community college are all closed. No one should be out on the roads unless it is an absolute emergency.
ANEC is reporting outages in the Melfa and Cape Charles and the lower Eastern Shore as of 5 a.m. That is likely to change at any time as heavy winds are expected to last throughout the da
Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency at 2:20 p.m. Wednesday authorizing state agencies to assist local governments in responding to the significant winter storm that is expected to impact the Commonwealth over the next 24 to 48 hours.
In declaring a state of emergency, the governor authorizes state agencies to identify and position resources for quick response anywhere they are needed in Virginia. This action does not apply to individuals or private businesses, according to the press release by the Governor’s office.
“The bitter cold that continues to plague the Commonwealth will be joined by a potentially significant winter storm which will blast Hampton Roads, the Northern Neck, Eastern Shore and other areas of Eastern Virginia with snowfall and blizzard-like conditions in some communities,” said Governor McAuliffe. “With this forecast in mind, all Virginians should take the necessary precautions now to ensure they are prepared for the travel disruptions, power outages and other threats to health and safety that could arise during this significant weather event.”
Governor McAuliffe also authorized a limited exemption to hours of service for trucks hauling gasoline and heating oil throughout Virginia.