Weather Forecasters Predict Warmer and Drier Winter; VDOT Standing By with Equipment and Personnel…Just in Case.
Top state officials are hoping there will not be a repeat of the Winter of 2009, that paralyzed traffic, brought down power lines, and cost 14 lives. The forecasters say it should not be that bad, but as Charles Fishburne reports, offer no guarantees.
Highway, safety, emergency and law enforcement officials said they were prepared, but hoped for better weather.
Sammler: I suspect all of you probably have one question on your mind to start off with, and that is, 'will we have a repeat of last winter?'
Bill Sammler, National Weather Service.
Sammler: The short answer to that is 'no.'
He predicts warmer and drier, and here’s why.
Sammler: La Nina, which means colder than average temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean, is going to be a primary influence this winter. In general, that means that for the mid-Atlantic region and Virginia, winters tend to be warmer than average and drier than average.
But he says the ocean/atmosphere configuration is exactly the same as it was the winter of 2008.
Sammler: Many folks remember a fairly significant ice storm just before Christmas that winter.
VDOT is standing by with 2900 workers, 8,000 pieces of equipment and 115 million dollars, and Deputy Commissioner Charlie Kilpatrick says:
Kilpatrick: We feel very confident that we're ready.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News
State officials ask that you go to the emergency website www.readyvirginia.gov and download a checklist to be sure your family is ready for emergencies.