Emergency declaration continues in Virginia as winter storm treks up East Coast

By The Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A state of emergency declaration continued in Virginia on Sunday as forecasters predicted up to a foot of snow in some areas.

The Virginia Department of Transportation urged motorists to avoid unnecessary travel, especially in the Hampton Roads area.

Gov. Bob McDonnell declared the state of emergency on Saturday. The Virginia National Guard has about 100 soldiers prepared to assist in the Hampton Roads area and dozens more soldiers were on duty or on standby.

Virginia State Police responded to more than 800 calls on Sunday, including 234 crashes. No deaths were immediately reported.

About 2,500 Dominion Energy customers were without service Sunday afternoon in southeastern Virginia.

Amtrak canceled regional service between Richmond and Newport News on Sunday.