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Northern Virginia state offices to close Monday

Anita Kumar

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced today that state offices will be closed Monday in snow-covered Northern Virginia. Others around the state, including those in Richmond, will delay their opening until 10 a.m.

McDonnell said the Virginia Department of Transportation strives to clear roads within 48 hours, but it will take longer than that after this storm.

"It is a significant weather event and it is going to take a little longer than normal to finish the plowing and all of the recovery,'' he told reporters on a conference call this afternoon.

McDonnell said the state experienced record amounts of snow, including 37 inches in the Front Royal area and 33 inches in Fairfax County and the surrounding region.

About 108,000 houses remain without power. The Virginia State Police have responded to more than 4,600 calls, including 1,500 crashes, and two fatalities. All interstates are passable.

McDonnell declared a state of emergency Wednesday. About 500 members of the National Guard are assisting state officials with the storm, with larger numbers in Northern Vrginia. About 40 large vehicles were sent to the Fairfax County emergency operation center and should be in place by this afternoon.

"Our concern right now obviously is making sure people still stay off the road...for the snow removal equipment to get in,'' he said. "It is important for people to try to stay off the roads. It's much harder to clear when there is a heavy volume of traffic."

By Anita Kumar  |  February 7, 2010; 3:39 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Robert F. McDonnell  
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