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Latest Storm Information
1/22/2016

Sunday, January 24, 2016  ///  11AM

The EOC for this event will operate with minimal staff beginning at noon today. The 979-INFO line will be deactivated at noon. Non-emergency calls should be directed to the ECC non-emergency number 434-977-9041.

Snow and ice are still posing hazardous conditions. Charlottesville City and VDOT crews are working around the clock to clear snow and will continue to do so throughout the weekend and into next week if necessary. A clear sky does not equal clear roads.  Please stay home today and let crews continue to work.

Snow removal operations are severely limited when roadways are blocked with abandoned or disabled vehicles and public safety officials urge all to refrain from heading out and walking, sledding, or skiing in the streets. Not only is this a significant risk to your safety, but such activity impedes plow-operators and other workers who have been on duty around the clock to clear streets and sidewalks as they are able. Please help them out and ensure that you do not add greater stress or risk to an already difficult job. The streets remain snow-packed and are starting to develop icy areas, Travel by vehicle should occur only for true emergencies.

Please clear sidewalks that abut or front your property.  City Code requires at that property owners/occupants who have paved sidewalks fronting or abutting their property must clear snow within 24 hours of the declared end of snowfall.  The declared end of snowfall for this event was 8AM Sunday.  Sidewalks must be cleared by 8AM Monday.  Please clear the whole width of the walk.  If you are able, please assist neighbors or nearby friends who may need help clearing their sidewalks.

Homeowners are asked that if they have a fire hydrant near their residence to please help out our local fire departments and clear the snow from around the fire hydrant. Attached is a photo that provides information on the suggested method for clearing snow from around a fire hydrant.

Before starting a vehicle parked outside, make sure the exhaust pipe is cleared of snow.  Blocked exhaust pipes can cause carbon monoxide poisoning.

Road Conditions

Primary road conditions in Albemarle and Charlottesville are currently considered to be in moderate condition. Secondary roads are listed as being in severe condition. They will be plowed as soon as possible but VDOT urges patience since it will take some time to reach all the rural roads and neighborhood streets.

Current reported road closures include:

  • Mountainwood Road & Lockesley Terrace
  • West High Street Hill from McIntire

A reminder that emergency snow routes in the City of Charlottesville went into effect at 6:00 am Friday and will remain in effect until the snow emergency is lifted. When the snow emergency is in place, on-street parking is suspended along these routes. All snow routes have signage in place. The routes are Market Street, High Street, and Water Street in the downtown area, and the West Main corridor. All vehicles parked in snow routes are subject to towing. The Market and Water Street Garages in Downtown Charlottesville will be free to the public from 1:00 pm on Friday until 1:00 pm on Sunday.

Service Updates

ACPD/CPD remain on a modified response plan for calls and crashes. All City/County Fire/EMS units are also on Modified Response Plan Level 2. Call volume is increasing as more people leave their homes.  Please stay home when possible.

Charlottesville Area Transit will operate on a limited Sunday Service Schedule.  Both the Free Trolley and Route 7 will operate.  Route 7 will not serve areas north of the Barracks Road Shopping Center. Visit CAT on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CharlottesvilleAreaTransit

All Charlottesville Parks & Recreation classes, programs, events and rentals are cancelled Sunday.  All Charlottesville Parks & Recreation facilities are closed on Sunday.

Shelter Information

The shelter at Monticello HS is closed.


Sunday, January 24, 2016  ///  8AM

Snow and ice are still posing hazardous conditions. Charlottesville City and VDOT crews are working around the clock to clear snow and will continue to do so throughout the weekend and into next week if necessary.  A clear sky does not equal clear roads.  Please stay home today and let crews continue to work.

Snow removal operations are severely limited when roadways are blocked with abandoned or disabled vehicles and public safety officials urge all to refrain from heading out and walking, sledding, or skiing in the streets. Not only is this a significant risk to your safety, but such activity impedes plow-operators and other workers who have been on duty around the clock to clear streets and sidewalks as they are able. Please help them out and ensure that you do not add greater stress or risk to an already difficult job. The streets remain snow-packed and are starting to develop icy areas, Travel by vehicle should occur only for true emergencies.

Please clear sidewalks that abut or front your property.  If you are able, please assist neighbors or nearby friends who may need help clearing their sidewalks.

Homeowners are asked that if they have a fire hydrant near their residence to please help out our local fire departments and clear the snow from around the fire hydrant. Attached is a photo that provides information on the suggested method for clearing snow from around a fire hydrant.

Please also be aware of safety issues related to the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning threat from generators, heaters, and vehicles with covered exhaust pipes. Please also stress the need for safety and vigilance when using alternative heating and lighting sources such as fireplaces and candles. 

Power Outages

There are no reported power outages at this time.

Road Conditions

Primary road conditions in Albemarle and Charlottesville are currently considered to be in moderate condition. Secondary roads are listed as being in severe condition. They will be plowed as soon as possible but VDOT urges patience since it will take some time to reach all the rural roads and neighborhood streets. The storm is forecasted to wind down after nightfall and crews should begin to make progress once the snow stops falling.

Current reported road closures include:

  • Mountainwood Road & Lockesley Terrace
  • West High Street Hill from McIntire

A reminder that emergency snow routes in the City of Charlottesville went into effect at 6:00 am Friday and will remain in effect until the snow emergency is lifted. When the snow emergency is in place, on-street parking is suspended along these routes. All snow routes have signage in place. The routes are Market Street, High Street, and Water Street in the downtown area, and the West Main corridor. All vehicles parked in snow routes are subject to towing. The Market and Water Street Garages in Downtown Charlottesville will be free to the public from 1:00 pm on Friday until 1:00 pm on Sunday.

Service Updates

ACPD/CPD remain on a modified response plan for calls and crashes. All City/County Fire/EMS units are also on Modified Response Plan Level 2. Call volume is increasing as more people leave their homes.  Please stay home when possible.

Charlottesville Area Transit will begin service on a Level 4 Inclement Weather Service Schedule.  Only Route 7 will operate. Route 7 will not serve areas north of the Barracks Road Shopping Center. A system map of a Level 4 Inclement Weather Service Schedule can be found by visiting http://goo.gl/Uk1SUW.

All Charlottesville Parks & Recreation classes, programs, events and rentals are cancelled Sunday.  All Charlottesville Parks & Recreation facilities are closed on Sunday.

Shelter Information

The shelter at Monticello HS will be closing at 9:00 AM.

Our non-emergency info line: 434-979-INFO (4636) is activated and will be active until the Emergency Operations Center ends operation.  Please encourage the public to use this line when it is active for non-emergency calls rather than calling 911.


Sunday, January 24, 2016  ///  6AM

Charlottesville City and VDOT crews continue working around the clock to clear snow. Snow removal operations are severely limited when roadways are blocked with abandoned or disabled vehicles. Vehicle traffic has been low through this event, this is appreciated by snow removal and public safety personnel. Please stay home unless absolutely necessary.  When walking, be aware of traffic and avoid walking in roadways when possible. People walking or driving should be alert to unexpected hazards.  Please also be aware of safety issues related to the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning threat from generators, heaters, and vehicles with covered exhaust pipes.  Please also stress the need for safety and vigilance when using alternative heating and lighting sources such as fireplaces and candles.

Power Outages

Isolated outages have been reported sporadically throughout the area.

Road Conditions

Driving conditions continue to be very treacherous this morning.  Emergency officials provided assistance to a number of disabled vehicles last night and into the early morning.  We strongly encourage all residents to stay off the roads today.

A reminder that emergency snow routes in the City of Charlottesville went into effect at 6:00 am Friday and will remain in effect until the snow emergency is lifted. When the snow emergency is in place, on-street parking is suspended along these routes. All snow routes have signage in place. The routes are Market Street, High Street, and Water Street in the downtown area, and the West Main corridor. All vehicles parked in snow routes are subject to towing.

The Market and Water Street Garages in Downtown Charlottesville will be free to the public from 1:00 pm on Friday until 1:00 pm on Sunday.

Service Updates

Several National Guard personnel have been assigned to the region and currently are operating out of the Western Albemarle Rescue Squad.  ACPD/CPD remain on a modified response plan for calls and crashes. All City/County Fire/EMS units are also on Modified Response Plan Level 2.

CAT will evaluate conditions and will announce our service level early tomorrow morning for January 24.  
All Charlottesville Parks & Recreation classes, programs, events and rentals are cancelled for Saturday and Sunday. 

Shelter Information

Monticello HS remains the only shelter set up at this time – 13 people were sheltered at Monticello last night.  A decision as to the status of Monticello as a shelter will be announced later today. The shelter should only be used as a last resort and anyone using it needs to bring their own pillows, blankets, medication etc.  Pets are not allowed.


Sunday, January 24, 2016  ///  4AM

Snow and ice are still posing hazardous conditions. Charlottesville City and VDOT crews are working around the clock to clear snow and will continue to do so throughout the weekend and into next week if necessary.

Snow removal operations are severely limited when roadways are blocked with abandoned or disabled vehicles and public safety officials urge all to refrain from heading out and walking, sledding, or skiing in the streets. Not only is this a significant risk to your safety, but such activity impedes plow-operators and other workers who have been on duty around the clock to clear streets and sidewalks as they are able. Please help them out and ensure that you do not add greater stress or risk to an already difficult job. The streets remain snow-packed and are starting to develop icy areas, Travel by vehicle should occur only for true emergencies.

Please also be aware of safety issues related to the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning threat from generators, heaters, and vehicles with covered exhaust pipes. Please also stress the need for safety and vigilance when using alternative heating and lighting sources such as fireplaces and candles. 

Power Outages

Minimal power outages have been reported at this time.

Road Conditions

Primary road conditions in Albemarle and Charlottesville are currently considered to be in moderate condition. Secondary roads are listed as being in severe condition. They will be plowed as soon as possible but VDOT urges patience since it will take some time to reach all the rural roads and neighborhood streets. The storm is forecasted to wind down after nightfall and crews should begin to make progress once the snow stops falling.

Current reported road closures include:

  • Mountainwood Road & Lockesley Terrace
  • West High Street Hill from McIntire


A reminder that emergency snow routes in the City of Charlottesville went into effect at 6:00 am Friday and will remain in effect until the snow emergency is lifted. When the snow emergency is in place, on-street parking is suspended along these routes. All snow routes have signage in place. The routes are Market Street, High Street, and Water Street in the downtown area, and the West Main corridor. All vehicles parked in snow routes are subject to towing. The Market and Water Street Garages in Downtown Charlottesville will be free to the public from 1:00 pm on Friday until 1:00 pm on Sunday.

Service Updates

ACPD/CPD remain on a modified response plan for calls and crashes. All City/County Fire/EMS units are also on Modified Response Plan Level 2. Call volume has been steady in the County – mostly EMS calls. City call volume has been low.

CAT service is expected to operate at Service Level 4 until 10PM tonight. Service Level 4 is a modified Route 7 between the Downtown Station and Barracks Road Shopping Center. At level 4, all other Route operations are halted. A system map of a Level 4 Inclement Weather Service Schedule can be found by visiting http://goo.gl/Uk1SUW.

All Charlottesville Parks & Recreation classes, programs, events and rentals are cancelled for Saturday and Sunday.  All Charlottesville Parks & Recreation facilities are closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Shelter Information

Monticello HS remains the only shelter set up at this time. The shelter should only be used as a last resort and anyone using it needs to bring their own pillows, blankets, medication etc.  Pets are not allowed.

Our non-emergency info line: 434-979-INFO (4636) is activated and will run through 8:00 PM.  Please encourage the public to use this line when it is active for non-emergency calls rather than calling 911.


Adopt a Fire Hydrant

From Charlottesville Fire Department & Albemarle County Fire and Rescue,

Homeowners are asked that if they have a fire hydrant near their residence to please help out our local fire departments and clear the snow from around the fire hydrant. Attached is a photo that provides information on the suggested method for clearing snow from around a fire hydrant. Any questions can be directed to the following representatives:

  • Deputy Chief Emily Pelliccia: Charlottesville Fire Department (434) 981-9141
  • On Duty Battalion Chief: Albemarle County Fire and Rescue (434) 531-6646

Saturday, January 23  ///  9PM

Snowfall appears to have stopped but driving conditions have deteriorated significantly throughout the day. Charlottesville City and VDOT crews are working around the clock to clear snow. Snow removal operations are severely limited when roadways are blocked with abandoned or disabled vehicles. Vehicle traffic has been low through this event, this is appreciated by snow removal and public safety personnel. Please stay home unless absolutely necessary.

With the snow still posing extremely hazardous conditions, public safety officials urge all to refrain from heading out and walking, sledding, or skiing in the streets. Not only is this a significant risk to your safety, but such activity impedes plow-operators and other workers who have been on duty around the clock to clear streets and sidewalks as they are able. Please help them out and ensure that you do not add greater stress or risk to an already difficult job. The streets remain snow-packed, and travel by vehicle should occur only for true emergencies.

Please also be aware of safety issues related to the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning threat from generators, heaters, and vehicles with covered exhaust pipes. Please also stress the need for safety and vigilance when using alternative heating and lighting sources such as fireplaces and candles. 

Power Outages

There appear to be no power outages at this time.

Road Conditions

Primary road conditions in Albemarle and Charlottesville are currently considered to be in moderate condition. Secondary roads are listed as being in severe condition. They will be plowed as soon as possible but VDOT urges patience since it will take some time to reach all the rural roads and neighborhood streets. The storm is forecasted to wind down after nightfall and crews should begin to make progress once the snow stops falling.

Current reported road closures include:

  • Mountainwood Road & Lockesley Terrace
  • West High Street Hill from McIntire

A reminder that emergency snow routes in the City of Charlottesville went into effect at 6:00 am Friday and will remain in effect until the snow emergency is lifted. When the snow emergency is in place, on-street parking is suspended along these routes. All snow routes have signage in place. The routes are Market Street, High Street, and Water Street in the downtown area, and the West Main corridor. All vehicles parked in snow routes are subject to towing. The Market and Water Street Garages in Downtown Charlottesville will be free to the public from 1:00 pm on Friday until 1:00 pm on Sunday.

Service Updates

ACPD/CPD remain on a modified response plan for calls and crashes. All City/County Fire/EMS units are also on Modified Response Plan Level 2. Call volume has been steady in the County – mostly EMS calls. City call volume has been low.

CAT service is expected to operate at Service Level 4 until 10PM tonight. Service Level 4 is a modified Route 7 between the Downtown Station and Barracks Road Shopping Center. At level 4, all other Route operations are halted. A system map of a Level 4 Inclement Weather Service Schedule can be found by visiting http://goo.gl/Uk1SUW.

All Charlottesville Parks & Recreation classes, programs, events and rentals are cancelled for Saturday and Sunday.  All Charlottesville Parks & Recreation facilities are closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Shelter Information

Monticello HS remains the only shelter set up at this time. The shelter should only be used as a last resort and anyone using it needs to bring their own pillows, blankets, medication etc.  Pets are not allowed.

Our non-emergency info line: 434-979-INFO (4636) is activated and will run through 8:00 PM.  Please encourage the public to use this line when it is active for non-emergency calls rather than calling 911.


Saturday, January 23  ///  7PM

Snowfall is slowing but driving conditions have deteriorated significantly throughout the day. Charlottesville City and VDOT crews are working around the clock to clear snow. Snow removal operations are severely limited when roadways are blocked with abandoned or disabled vehicles. Vehicle traffic has been low through this event, this is appreciated by snow removal and public safety personnel. Please stay home unless absolutely necessary.

With the snow still posing extremely hazardous conditions, public safety officials urge all to refrain from heading out and walking, sledding, or skiing in the streets. Not only is this a significant risk to your safety, but such activity impedes plow-operators and other workers who have been on duty around the clock to clear streets and sidewalks as they are able. Please help them out and ensure that you do not add greater stress or risk to an already difficult job. The streets remain snow-packed, and travel by vehicle should occur only for true emergencies.

Please also be aware of safety issues related to the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning threat from generators, heaters, and vehicles with covered exhaust pipes. Please also stress the need for safety and vigilance when using alternative heating and lighting sources such as fireplaces and candles. 

Power Outages

Most current report indicates four customers without power in the Wildwood area.

Road Conditions

During the past several hours there have been multiple incidents involving tractor-trailer trucks becoming stuck as they ascend I-64 west on Afton Mountain. Once the truck gets stuck traffic backs up behind, blocking snow plows and tow trucks from reaching the vehicle. I-64 and primary routes in Albemarle are currently snow-covered and in moderate condition. Secondary roads are listed as being in severe condition. They will be plowed as soon as possible but VDOT urges patience since it will take some time to reach all the rural roads and neighborhood streets. The storm is forecasted to wind down after nightfall and crews should begin to make progress once the snow stops falling.

Current reported road closures include:

  • Mountainwood Road & Lockesley Terrace
  • West High Street Hill from McIntire
  • I64 WB Over Afton (at the MM 104)

A reminder that emergency snow routes in the City of Charlottesville went into effect at 6:00 am Friday and will remain in effect until the snow emergency is lifted. When the snow emergency is in place, on-street parking is suspended along these routes. All snow routes have signage in place. The routes are Market Street, High Street, and Water Street in the downtown area, and the West Main corridor. All vehicles parked in snow routes are subject to towing. The Market and Water Street Garages in Downtown Charlottesville will be free to the public from 1:00 pm on Friday until 1:00 pm on Sunday.

Service Updates

ACPD/CPD remain on a modified response plan for calls and crashes. All City/County Fire/EMS units are also on Modified Response Plan Level 2. Call volume has been steady in the County – mostly EMS calls. City call volume has been low.

CAT service is expected to operate at Service Level 4 until 10PM tonight. Service Level 4 is a modified Route 7 between the Downtown Station and Barracks Road Shopping Center. At level 4, all other Route operations are halted. A system map of a Level 4 Inclement Weather Service Schedule can be found by visiting http://goo.gl/Uk1SUW.

All Charlottesville Parks & Recreation classes, programs, events and rentals are cancelled for Saturday and Sunday.  All Charlottesville Parks & Recreation facilities are closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Shelter Information

Monticello HS remains the only shelter set up at this time. The shelter should only be used as a last resort and anyone using it needs to bring their own pillows, blankets, medication etc.  Pets are not allowed.

Our non-emergency info line: 434-979-INFO (4636) is activated and will run through 8:00 PM.  Please encourage the public to use this line when it is active for non-emergency calls rather than calling 911.


Saturday, January 23  ///  5:45PM

CAT service will resume, service Level 4, at 5:45 PM, and is expected to operate until 10PM. Service Level 4 is a modified Route 7 between the Downtown Station and Barracks Road Shopping Center. At level 4, all other Route operations are halted. A system map of a Level 4 Inclement Weather Service Schedule can be found by visiting http://goo.gl/Uk1SUW.


Saturday, January 23  ///  5PM

Snow is predicted to stop tonight but driving conditions have deteriorated significantly this afternoon. Charlottesville City and VDOT crews are working around the clock to clear snow. Snow removal operations are severely limited when roadways are blocked with abandoned or disabled vehicles. Vehicle traffic has been low through this event, this is appreciated by snow removal and public safety personnel. Please stay home unless absolutely necessary. When walking, be aware of traffic and avoid walking in roadways when possible. People walking or driving should be alert to unexpected hazards. Please also be aware of safety issues related to the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning threat from generators, heaters, and vehicles with covered exhaust pipes. Please also stress the need for safety and vigilance when using alternative heating and lighting sources such as fireplaces and candles.

Power Outages

Most current report indicates four customers without power in the Wildwood area; one reported in Free Union.

Road Conditions

During the past several hours there have been multiple incidents involving tractor-trailer trucks becoming stuck as they ascend I-64 west on Afton Mountain. Once the truck gets stuck traffic backs up behind, blocking snow plows and tow trucks from reaching the vehicle. I-64 and primary routes in Albemarle are currently snow-covered and in moderate condition. Secondary roads are listed as being in severe condition. They will be plowed as soon as possible but VDOT urges patience since it will take some time to reach all the rural roads and neighborhood streets. The storm is forecasted to wind down after nightfall and crews should begin to make progress once the snow stops falling.

Current reported road closures include:

  • 800 Block of Old Lynchburg Road
  • West High Street Hill from McIntire
  • Louisa Rd, South of Hunt Club
  • 2300 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy
  • I64 WB Over Afton (at the MM 104)

A reminder that emergency snow routes in the City of Charlottesville went into effect at 6:00 am Friday and will remain in effect until the snow emergency is lifted. When the snow emergency is in place, on-street parking is suspended along these routes. All snow routes have signage in place. The routes are Market Street, High Street, and Water Street in the downtown area, and the West Main corridor. All vehicles parked in snow routes are subject to towing. The Market and Water Street Garages in Downtown Charlottesville will be free to the public from 1:00 pm on Friday until 1:00 pm on Sunday.

Service Updates

ACPD/CPD remain on a modified response plan for calls and crashes. All City/County Fire/EMS units are also on Modified Response Plan Level 2. Call volume has been steady in the County – mostly EMS calls. City call volume has been low.

Due to deteriorating conditions,  CAT will temporarily suspend service.  We will announce when service is restored.

All Charlottesville Parks & Recreation classes, programs, events and rentals are cancelled for Saturday and Sunday.  All Charlottesville Parks & Recreation facilities are closed Saturday.

Shelter Information

Monticello HS remains the only shelter set up at this time. The shelter should only be used as a last resort and anyone using it needs to bring their own pillows, blankets, medication etc.  Pets are not allowed.

Our non-emergency info line: 434-979-INFO (4636) is activated and will run through 8:00 PM.  Please encourage the public to use this line when it is active for non-emergency calls rather than calling 911.


Saturday, January 23  /// 4PM

Due to deteriorating conditions,  CAT will temporarily suspend service.  We will announce when service is restored.


Saturday, January 23  /// 2PM

Snow is predicted to keep falling Saturday, and driving conditions have deteriorated significantly this afternoon.  Charlottesville City and VDOT crews are working around the clock to clear snow. Snow removal operations are severely limited when roadways are blocked with abandoned or disabled vehicles. Vehicle traffic has been low through this event, this is appreciated by snow removal and public safety personnel. Please stay home unless absolutely necessary.  When walking, be aware of traffic and avoid walking in roadways when possible. People walking or driving should be alert to unexpected hazards.  Please also be aware of safety issues related to the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning threat from generators, heaters, and vehicles with covered exhaust pipes.  Please also stress the need for safety and vigilance when using alternative heating and lighting sources such as fireplaces and candles.

Power Outages

Earlier report of 30 customers out of power in the Keswick area, most recent report is 18 customers currently out of power in that area.

Road Conditions

Emergency officials are reporting that road conditions are worsening quickly this afternoon, with even fire engines and snow plows having significant trouble navigating the roads.  We strongly encourage all residents to stay off the roads this afternoon and evening.

Route 53 at Buck Island in Albemarle County is currently closed.

A reminder that emergency snow routes in the City of Charlottesville went into effect at 6:00 am Friday and will remain in effect until the snow emergency is lifted. When the snow emergency is in place, on-street parking is suspended along these routes. All snow routes have signage in place. The routes are Market Street, High Street, and Water Street in the downtown area, and the West Main corridor. All vehicles parked in snow routes are subject to towing.

The Market and Water Street Garages in Downtown Charlottesville will be free to the public from 1:00 pm on Friday until 1:00 pm on Sunday.

Service Updates

ACPD/CPD remain on a modified response plan for calls and crashes. All City/County Fire/EMS units are also on Modified Response Plan Level 2. Call volume has been steady in the County – mostly EMS calls. City call volume has been low.

CAT will operate Level 4 services for the remainder of the day today. Only Route 7 will operate on a limited schedule.  All other routes will remain suspended until further notice.  A system map of a Level 4 Inclement Weather Service Schedule can be found by visiting http://goo.gl/Uk1SUW.  We will end services at 10PM tonight (January 23). We will evaluate conditions and announce our service level early tomorrow morning for January 24.  
All Charlottesville Parks & Recreation classes, programs, events and rentals are cancelled for Saturday and Sunday.  All Charlottesville Parks & Recreation facilities are closed Saturday.

Shelter Information

Monticello HS remains the only shelter set up at this time. The shelter should only be used as a last resort and anyone using it needs to bring their own pillows, blankets, medication etc.  Pets are not allowed.

Our non-emergency info line: 434-979-INFO (4636) is activated and will run through 8:00 PM.  Please encourage the public to use this line when it is active for non-emergency calls rather than calling 911.


Saturday, January 23  /// 10AM

Snow is predicted to keep falling Saturday.  Charlottesville City and VDOT crews are working around the clock to clear snow. Snow removal operations are severely limited when roadways are blocked with abandoned or disabled vehicles. Vehicle traffic has been low through this event, this is appreciated by snow removal and public safety personnel. Please stay home unless absolutely necessary.  When walking, be aware of traffic and avoid walking in roadways when possible. People walking or driving should be alert to unexpected hazards – for example a man-hole cover at CARS was displaced by a snow plow. This could have occurred in other instances.

Power Outages

Currently there are no power outages reported in the Charlottesville/Albemarle area.

Road Conditions

Albemarle County road conditions are still classified as “moderate” by VDOT. This means you should expect snow and/or icy coverage over major parts of the roadways.  Primary routes in the City are in fair condition, some secondary roads are still somewhat challenging.  Please do not drive unless absolutely necessary.

A reminder that emergency snow routes in the City of Charlottesville went into effect at 6:00 am Friday and will remain in effect until the snow emergency is lifted. When the snow emergency is in place, on-street parking is suspended along these routes. All snow routes have signage in place. The routes are Market Street, High Street, and Water Street in the downtown area, and the West Main corridor. All vehicles parked in snow routes are subject to towing.

The Market and Water Street Garages in Downtown Charlottesville will be free to the public from 1:00 pm on Friday until 1:00 pm on Sunday.

Service Updates

ACPD/CPD remain on a modified response plan for calls and crashes. All City/County Fire/EMS units are also on Modified Response Plan Level 2. Call volume has been steady in the County – mostly EMS calls. City call volume has been low.

At 6:30 AM, Charlottesville Area Transit initiated a Level 4 Inclement Weather Service Schedule.  Only Route 7 will operate on a limited schedule.  All other routes will remain suspended until further notice.  A system map of a Level 4 Inclement Weather Service Schedule can be found by visiting http://goo.gl/Uk1SUW

All Charlottesville Parks & Recreation classes, programs, events and rentals are cancelled for Saturday and Sunday.  All Charlottesville Parks & Recreation facilities are closed Saturday.

Shelter Information

Monticello HS remains the only shelter set up at this time. The shelter should only be used as a last resort and anyone using it needs to bring their own pillows, blankets, medication etc.  Pets are not allowed.

Our non-emergency info line: 434-979-INFO (4636) is activated and will run through 8:00 PM this evening.  Please encourage the public to use this line when it is active for non-emergency calls rather than calling 911.


Saturday, January 23  /// 6AM

Snow is predicted to keep falling Saturday.  Charlottesville City and VDOT crews are working around the clock to clear snow. Snow removal operations are severely limited when roadways are blocked with abandoned or disabled vehicles. Vehicle traffic has been low through this event, this is appreciated by snow removal and public safety personnel. Please stay home unless absolutely necessary.  When walking, be aware of traffic and avoid walking in roadways when possible.

Power Outages

Currently there are 0 power outages reported in the Charlottesville/Albemarle area.

Road Conditions

Albemarle County road conditions are still classified as “moderate” by VDOT. This means you should expect snow and/or icy coverage over major parts of the roadways.  City roadways also have ice and snow coverage.  Please do not drive unless absolutely necessary.

A reminder that emergency snow routes in the City of Charlottesville went into effect at 6:00 am Friday and will remain in effect until the snow emergency is lifted. When the snow emergency is in place, on-street parking is suspended along these routes. All snow routes have signage in place. The routes are Market Street, High Street, and Water Street in the downtown area, and the West Main corridor. All vehicles parked in snow routes are subject to towing.

The Market and Water Street Garages in Downtown Charlottesville will be free to the public from 1:00 pm on Friday until 1:00 pm on Sunday.

Service Updates

ACPD/CPD remain on a modified response plan for calls and crashes. All City/County Fire/EMS units are also on Modified Response Plan Level 2.

Charlottesville Area Transit will begin service on Saturday, January 23 at 6:30am at Snow Route Level 4.  This is limited Route 7 from Downtown to Barracks Road Shopping Center and back Downtown.

All Charlottesville Parks & Recreation classes, programs, events and rentals are cancelled for Saturday and Sunday.  All Charlottesville Parks & Recreation facilities are closed Saturday.

Shelter Information

Monticello HS remains the only shelter set up at this time. The shelter should only be used as a last resort and anyone using it needs to bring their own pillows, blankets, medication etc.  Pets are not allowed.

Our non-emergency info line: 434-979-INFO (4636) is now closed. The line will activate again at 8:00 AM Saturday and run through 8:00 PM.  Please encourage the public to use this line when it is active for non-emergency calls rather than calling 911.


Saturday, January 23  /// 4AM

ACPD/CPD remain on a modified response plan for calls and crashes. All City/County Fire/EMS units are also on Modified Response Plan Level 2. Call volume has been nominal. Fire being dispatched in 4x4 vehicles to all EMS calls. They are beginning to have issues with stuck apparatus.

Currently, Charlottesville road conditions look good. Public Works crews are waiting for the foot or more of snow and will begin plowing again once road coverage gets to be two inches. Crews are working 12 hour shifts, round the clock.

Albemarle County road conditions are still classified as “moderate” by VDOT. This means you should expect snow and/or icy coverage over major parts of the roadways.

Both hospitals are operating normally.

Monticello HS is still the only shelter set up at this time. They haven’t served anyone yet.

Our non-emergency info line: 434-979-INFO (4636), is now closed. The line will activate again at 8:00 AM Saturday and run through 8:00 PM.


Friday, January 22  /// 9:20PM

ACPD/CPD remain on a modified response plan for calls and crashes. All City/County Fire/EMS units are also on Modified Response Plan Level 2. Call volume has been nominal. Fire being dispatched in 4x4 vehicles to all EMS calls. They are beginning to have issues with stuck apparatus.

Currently, Charlottesville road conditions look good. Public Works crews are waiting for the foot or more of snow and will begin plowing again once road coverage gets to be two inches. Crews are working 12 hour shifts, round the clock.

Albemarle County road conditions are still classified as “moderate” by VDOT. This means you should expect snow and/or icy coverage over major parts of the roadways.

Both hospitals are operating normally.

Monticello HS is still the only shelter set up at this time. They haven’t served anyone yet.

Our non-emergency info line: 434-979-INFO (4636), is now closed. The line will activate again at 8:00 AM Saturday and run through 8:00 PM.


Friday, January 22, 2016  ///  7:22 PM

We continue to be pleased and thankful on how things are going so far with winter storm Jonas. However, we encourage everyone to be mindful of the overnight threat of another foot or more of snow and high winds.

Please continue steer clear of any unnecessary travel. Albemarle County, Charlottesville and UVa are all are on a modified response, responding to calls as needed. Fortunately, things are relatively quiet at the moment. Calls for service at the Emergency Communications Center peaked around Noon today.

So far, there are no power outages to report. If you do lose power, please call their power company, not 9-1-1.

Monticello High School is still the only operating shelter at this time, but additional shelters will be set up if need be throughout the duration of this winter storm.


Friday, January 22, 2016  ///  5:00 PM

 Right now, we have three road closures:

  1. West High Street Hill from McIntire
  2. 800 block of Old Lynchburg Road
  3. Mountainwood Road and Lockesley Terrace

**Around 7 disabled vehicles around the region.

Monticello High School is now open as a shelter. Remember this is a last resort. Folks need to bring their own supplies: pillows, blankets, food, diapers, medications, etc. No pets are allowed.

CHO has cancelled all remaining flights for Friday and all outbound flights for Saturday.

Moderate conditions are being reported on the roadways right now meaning you should expect snow and/or ice on major portions of roadways. According to CPD and ACPD, there are no major crashes to report, just cars sliding into each other or into ditches.

No power outages to report at this time.

Emergency Operations Center has activated a non-emergency info line that will be open until 8 PM tonight and again tomorrow from 8 AM- 8 PM. It’s being manned by CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) volunteers. That number: 434-979-INFO (4636).

Don’t forget to monitor ECC on Twitter and Facebook for all of the latest public safety messages.


Friday, January 22, 2016  ///  2:20 PM

The Emergency Operations Center has activated the 979-INFO line, a non-emergency information line. The line will be open until 8PM tonight, January 22 and from 8AM – 8PM tomorrow, January 23. The line is manned by CERT volunteers.

Call 434-979-info (4636) for non-emergency questions or needs.


Friday, January 22, 2016  ///  2:00 PM

Road conditions are continuing to deteriorate and emergency personnel have responded to multiple crashes, blocked roads, and abandoned vehicles. Snow removal operations are severely limited when roadways are blocked with abandoned or disabled vehicles. Please stay home unless absolutely necessary.

Power Outages
Currently there are no outages reported in our area.

Road Conditions and/or Closures
The 800 block of Old Lynchburg Road is closed and Mountainwood Road (off Old Lynchburg Road) are closed due to disabled vehicles. There is a path for emergency vehicles if needed.

Emergency snow routes in the City of Charlottesville went into effect at 6:00 am Friday and will remain in effect until the snow emergency is lifted.  When the snow emergency is in place, on-street parking is suspended along these routes. All snow routes have signage in place. The routes are Market Street, High Street, and Water Street in the downtown area, and the West Main corridor. As of 6:00 am, all vehicles parked in snow routes are subject to towing. 

The Market and Water Street Garages in Downtown Charlottesville will be free to the public from 1:00 pm on Friday until 1:00 pm on Sunday.

Service Updates
Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville Fire Rescue Departments are currently operating in a modified response plan, meaning they will respond only to calls with confirmed injuries or hazards.

Albemarle County Police Department are also on modified crash response, meaning they are responding only to vehicle crashes with injury or road hazards (road blockage). If vehicle accidents have moved out of the road and are without injury, please hold off reports until Sunday.

Charlottesville Area Transit has implemented a Level 3 Inclement Weather Service Schedule. Routes 1, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10 and 11 have been pulled from service. Only the Trolley, Route 3, Route 5, and Route 7 are operating. Route 3 will only serve East Market Street, Water Street, Ridge Street, 5th Street, and 5th Street Extended.  Service to Belmont has been discontinued. A system map of a Level 3 Inclement Weather Service Schedule can be found by visiting http://goo.gl/Uk1SUW.

CAT Routes 5, 7, 8, and 9 are experiencing significant delays. Route 8 has been involved in a minor accident in the Hydraulic Road area. CAT Management is evaluating moving to Inclement Weather Level 4 during the next hour. Level 4 reduces service to only a modified Route 7 between the Downtown Station and Barracks Road Shopping Center. At level 4, all other Route operations are halted. Conditions in the lower neighborhoods are deteriorating rapidly. While it's CAT's goal to maintain service as long as possible, deteriorating road conditions may require CAT to pull all service from the road.

Shelter Information
Shelters have not been opened but should one become necessary, we are prepared.


Friday, January 22, 2016  ///  11:44 AM

People are urged to stay off the roads.

Conditions are deteriorating fast and emergency personnel are already responding to crashes, blocked roads, and abandoned vehicles. Snow removal operations are severely limited when roadways are blocked with abandoned or disabled vehicles. Please stay home unless absolutely necessary.

Emergency snow routes in the City of Charlottesville went into effect at 6:00 am Friday and will remain in effect until the snow emergency is lifted.  When the snow emergency is in place, on-street parking is suspended along these routes. All snow routes have signage in place. The routes are Market Street, High Street, and Water Street in the downtown area, and the West Main corridor. As of 6:00 am, all vehicles parked in snow routes are subject to towing. 
The Market and Water Street Garages in Downtown Charlottesville will be free to the public from 1:00 pm on Friday until 1:00 pm on Sunday.


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