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Winter storm useful links and tips from Your Hometown News Leader

Published On: Feb 12 2014 12:00:00 AM EST

With impending winter weather, Your Hometown News Leader has put together some helpful links and tips for when the snow begins to fall. Our meteorologists have the latest First Alert Forecast details here.

Useful links:

Click here for Appalachian Power Outage Information & Map

Click here for Roanoke-Blacksburg Airport Delays

Click here for Lynchburg Regional Airport Delays

Click here to access VDOT's Virginia 511 Traffic Information Map

Click here for the latest on possible AMTRAK delays.

Helpful tips and reminders:

Crews will be out on primary roads plowing interstates and major highways first. Salt/brine mixture down on roadways ahead of storm.

Virginia National Guard to stage readiness centers along the Interstate 81 corridor, along Route 29, Interstate 64, and Interstate 95.  

Winterize your home by installing weather insulation and storm windows.
    --- Clean out gutters and repair any leaky roofs..
    --- Check your heating system and make sure its professionally serviced for proper ventilation.
    --- Have a safe alternate heating source, in case you loose heat.
    --- Always make sure to have a working smoke detector.

Doctors say lower back injuries are the most common injuries during snow removal.
     --- Those with heart disease are at risk when shoveling too.
     --- Experts say always make sure you warm up before heading out as well.
     --- And if you're tired, simply take a break.