Inclement Weather

1/14/19 12:58 AM Update

County Offices

Due to inclement weather, the county will open at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 14. All employees are expected to report to work, unless they elect to take liberal leave as permitted in Administrative Procedure 6-12. Employees who cannot report to work, when the county offices open at 10 a.m., will need to take PTO or annual leave.

Please use the sidewalks when walking in the county complex. Snow removal teams focus on these areas to make them as safe as possible. Snow removal in parking lots is focused on opening up travel lanes and parking spaces so please use caution because there may be icy patches.

Employees are encouraged to check for updates prior to reporting to work due to potential changing weather conditions.

Courts

All Chesterfield Courts will open at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 14.

All morning dockets (anything set from 8 a.m. -12:30 p.m. will be rescheduled. Afternoon cases will be heard.

Drivers License Ceremony is cancelled. Make up date is 1/24/19.

Convenience Centers

Chesterfield County Northern and Southern Convenience Centers will open at 10 a.m.

Important Phone Numbers During Severe Weather

Winter Driving Tips

  • Give yourself extra travel time and check road conditions before you leave.
  • Check tire pressure, tread depth and antifreeze.
  • Remove all snow from your vehicle, including the top, before driving.
  • Slow down. Leave space between you and other vehicles.
  • Always buckle up!

The Virginia Department of Transportation is responsible for clearing state-maintained roads in Chesterfield County, including primary and secondary roads.

VDOT's customer service center can be reached at 1-800-FOR-ROAD. Here are some plow tips to keep in mind when it snows. 

  • Don't crowd the plow.
  • When shoveling your driveway, dig out about 10 feed to the left of your drive as you face the road. The plows are less likely to push snow in your drive that way.
  • Shovel snow after the plow has been by, and shovel it to the right of your driveway.
  • Be patient until the plows get to you; VDOT follows a road-clearing priority list.

Be A Good Neighbor

Remember to check on elderly or disabled neighbors in your community during an emergency.

Winter Pet Safety

  • Bring pets inside; don't leave a pet outside or tied up during a storm.
  • Wipe salt and other chemicals off of pet's feet and stomachs.
  • Make sure your pet is microchipped and the information is up-to-date. Also include contact information for an out-of-town friend.
  • Create a buddy system in case you are not home – ask a neighbor to check on pets.
  • Build an emergency kit: food, water, medicines, important documents, a pet carrier and familiar items.

Cold Weather Home Tips

  • If you use an electric heater, be sure not to overload the circuit.
  • Have your furnace and chimney inspected annually.
  • Never use a range or an oven as a supplemental heating device.
  • Make sure your home has working smoke alarms, and practice an escape plan with your family.

Snow Shoveling Safety Tips

Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. Overexertion can cause a heart attack.

  • Use caution.
  • Take frequent breaks.
  • Push snow instead of lifting it.
  • If you must lift snow, lift lighter loads.
  • Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat.
  • Walk carefully on snowy, icy walkways.

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Emergency kits should contain supplies that will last each person and pet for at least three days. Be sure to include:

  • Food and water for each person and pet for three days
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • Cash
  • Blankets
  • Extra clothes
  • Cell phone chargers
  • Weather radio
  • Medications and toiletries
  • Full tank of gas in your vehicle

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