RICHMOND, Va. (WVEC) — Gov. Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency in advance of the expected winter storm in Virginia.

The storm could bring snow and ice accumulations, transportation issues, and power outages, Northam said in the news release.

"State action is required to protect the health and general welfare of Virginia residents. The anticipated effects of this situation constitute a disaster wherein human life and public and private property are, or are likely to be, imperiled ..."

As a coastal system skirts the coastline Sunday into Monday, a wintry mix is possible across the Commonwealth and North Carolina.

Governor Ralph Northam has placed state agencies, including the Virginia Departments of Transportation and Emergency Management, and State Police, on alert.

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Preparations are being made to have crews in place on extended shifts and in greater numbers to address expected slippery roads, power outages, and other public safety concerns throughout the weekend.

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