Snow Storm Preparations
8:46 am
Wed February 12, 2014

State of Emergency: What Does It Mean?

The season’s first major snow storm is well on its way and as a result, Governor Terry McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency. 

A state of emergency means that state agencies are at the ready to assist local governments, and provide a quick response wherever and whenever they are needed in the state.

State agencies include the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the Department of Transportation and the Virginia National Guard, just to name a few. It also means electric, phone and cable utility companies are standing by to assist with any and all outages.

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Expect Cancellations
4:53 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Airports Prepare for Winter Storm

Sandy Hausman reports.

Airports around the Commonwealth are preparing for snow and pledging to keep their runways clean, but flights are already being canceled for reasons beyond control.

Charlottesville’s airport sees 40-50 flights a day, and spokesman Jason Burch says it’s no problem to keep the runway open.  A team of about 30 people has been planning for winter weather since July.

“As soon as we start to see a forecast with a lot of accumulation, we’ll begin to activate the snow team.  We’ve got a lot of equipment out here to make sure that runway and taxiway stay open.”

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Kevin Myatt's Weather Journal
11:57 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Digging Out

Virginia State Police emergency dispatch centers have already fielded more than 6,000 calls for service since late Wednesday afternoon.

Kevin Myatt, who writes the Weather Journal for the Roanoke Times, tells us what to expect in the coming days.

Many airline flights are grounded, so sure to check with your  airline for the latest information.  There are also rapidly changing mass transit schedules, so check also with companies.

Airport Links

Roanoke Blacksburg Regional Airport

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Blood Donations Needed
8:29 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Polar Vortex Leads to Blood Shortage

Last week’s polar vortex and resulting sub-freezing temperatures forced many Virginia businesses and schools to close, and many events to be cancelled or rescheduled… including a number of all-important blood drives. Now a blood shortage is a big concern.

Approximately 280 blood drives across 25 states were cancelled last week due to the extreme cold weather conditions… and THAT has the American Red Cross scrambling for blood donors and donations.  Kristen Hatfiled is with the Red Cross Mid-Atlantic Region.

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National Weather Service
2:13 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Upper Air Observations

Credit NOAA

It is most common at this time of year for scientific weather instruments to be found in the woods and forests.

Phil Hysell of the National Weather Service says what goes up-in this case miniature weather stations known as radiosondes-does come down.

Radiosondes are launched into the atmosphere twice a day across the country and can reach heights of over 100,000 feet. During their ascent, these devices send back valuable measurements of temperature, humidity, pressure and wind direction and speed that go into weather forecast models.

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