UPDATE: The winter storm watch was canceled Thursday afternoon.
UPDATE 8:28 a.m.: The weather forecast calls for rain turning into snow by evening in Ashburn.
With a National Weather Service winter storm watch in place for Thursday morning for Northern Virginia, personnel at Dominion Power, Loudoun County Public Schools and the Virginia Department of Transportation have their eyes glued to the weather forecasts.
Le-Ha Anderson, a spokeswoman with Dominion Power, said the company is making sure their trucks are gassed up and ready to respond if there are any power outages. She said the utility company has a team of meteorologists that are tracking the storm for them.
“Wet snow with some wind could cause some power outages,” Anderson said. “We do urge our customers to be prepared with an emergency plan with phone numbers and nonperishable food just in case there are some outages.”
As the forecast changes, VDOT will have 650 trucks ready to roll out Thursday morning to pre-treat interstates in Fairfax, Arlington, Loudoun and Prince William counties, agency spokeswoman Jenny McCord said. If the forecast changes and more snow hits the region, McCord said VDOT is prepared to bring in extra manpower.
Mary Shaw, a spokeswoman for FCPS, said they are watching the forecasts and have not made a decision what to do for classes Thursday. Shaw said she is not sure when a decision will be made.
For road updates from VDOT Thursday, click here.
For Loudoun County Public Schools updates, click here.