Governor addresses storm response, asks drivers to stay home

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Saturday afternoon, Gov. Terry McAuliffe met with some of the VDOT workers that have been working non-stop for the past 36 hours to clear and treat roads across the state, even hopping in at one point to take one of the trucks around for a spin. He says thousands of pounds of salt and sand have been put on the roads already and that number will rise as crews continue to work into next week.

Virginia State Police have responded to 1,100 accidents. Five troopers were injured but are expected to be OK. At least one death has been attributed to the storm. At a news conference, the governor says things could be worse, thanking many Virginia drivers for making the decision to stay home.

“We’re monitoring close to a 1,000, cameras, most of the roads, there’s nobody on any of the roads,” said McAuliffe.

But officials stress that while they’re expecting the storm to move out by midnight, it will be just as important for people to stay off the roads tomorrow, possibly even Monday, as they get everything cleaned up.

“This is the critical part. I’m just cautioning everybody tomorrow could be sunny it’s going to be a lot of snow and people are going to feel i gotta get outside. We’re fine with you going outside, but just don’t go out in your car,” McAuliffe said.

The governor says that Sunday he will meet with the state superintendent of schools to discuss whether or not school systems should consider closing on Monday.

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