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Snow storms shut down Fauquier County

Tuesday, Dec. 10 | By Hannah Dellinger
Saturday night’s snowstorm, Sunday’s wintry mix, Monday’s icy roads, and Tuesday morning’s snowfall affected the entire county.

Fauquier County Public Schools were shutdown on Monday and Tuesday morning because of dangerous road conditions. Monday night’s scheduled school board meeting was postponed until Monday, Dec. 16. Both the Federal Government and Fauquier County Government shutdown due to snow on Tuesday. Many local businesses had a delayed start or were also closed all day on Monday and Tuesday. Widespread power outages across the county affected thousands.

According to Dominion Power, there were initially 4,723 costumers in Fauquier County with out power after Sunday night’s storm. As of 4 p.m. on Monday there were still 1,900 customers in the county with out power. As of Tuesday morning, there were only 140 costumers with out power in the county. Genest anticipates that as long as Tuesday’s storm doesn’t worsen, nearly all dominion customers will have power back by Tuesday afternoon. Customers in locations that are hard to reach will most likely have power back by Wednesday morning.

Dan Genest, a spokesperson for Virginia Dominion Power, said that crews were on the job trying to get power back for customers all day on Monday. However, since the county is so widespread and rural in areas, it will be difficult to get to everyone. He assured that Dominion brought in crews from other areas to help.

Genest urges that if you don’t have power at your property, you must call Dominion to let them know. He said that you can’t rely on whether or not your neighbors have called, since a lot of times houses in the same proximity are connected to different lines.

Genest advises that if you don’t have power please report the outage online at http://www.dom.com or call 1866-366-4357.

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