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Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle Should Prepare Now for Winter Weather

Charlottesville, Va. -- Most of Virginia is likely to experience winter weather this weekend, and people should take actions now to be ready for possible power outages and challenging road conditions. This weekend's forecast includes sleet, light snow, and potentially significant freezing rain. With these types of conditions we encourage all citizens to gather and update emergency supplies and pay close attention to weather forecast. Follow these safety tips for winter weather:

Be prepared at Home

Heavy snowfall and ice can isolate you in your home, sometimes for long periods of time. Your primary concerns are the potential loss of heat, power, phone, and a shortage of supplies if the storm conditions continue for more than a day. Here are some tips to help out at home during severe winter weather

  • Have supplies at home to take care of yourself and your family for at least three days.
  • A three-day supply of food includes a gallon of water per person per day and food that does not require electricity to prepare it.
  • A battery powered and/or hand-crank radio and extra batteries will provide emergency information. Be sure to listen to local stations for weather and emergency information.
  • Have flashlights and extra batteries on hand. Don't use candles when the power is out.
  • Stay inside where it is warm and dry.
  • If there is no heat, close off unneeded rooms, stuff towels, rags or extra clothes in cracks under doors, and cover windows at night to reduce heat loss.
  • Wear layers of loose-fitting, light-weight, warm clothing. Remove layers as needed to avoid overheating, perspiration, and subsequent chill.
  • Get more details and an emergency supply checklist at or on the Ready Virginia mobile app.

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