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Nor’Easter impacts travel out of Richmond

Posted at 6:37 PM, Feb 08, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-08 18:37:59-05

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR)--Jessica Moxey Martinez isn't relishing her drive home. The Brooklyn native and her husband Josh are trying to beat the Blizzard barreling up the east coast.

“That there is snow in New York City and it is supposed to get worse later on,” says the professional musician. “My mom is really concerned about us driving.”

“I guess we’ve heard it could be three to thirty inches on the way back,” says Josh Maxey.  “We’re going to take it slow and see what happens.”

There may be no snow across central Virginia, but Dominion Virginia Power workers are standing by waiting for the call to lend a helping hand to fellow power crews across New Jersey.

“We have crews ready to help out crews in New Jersey. It is going to create havoc if they get that much snow and it’s wet,” says Dan Genest from Dominion Virginia Power.

“If they need help. If we need help they come help us,” says Dominion’s Matt Stanley. “You’re working 14 to 16 hours a day and then sleep 8 hours, but it is very rewarding.”

While the storm may cripple day to day life to the north we should not feel a ripple effect at the pumps.

Michael O’Connor, Chief Executive Officer of Virginia Petroleum Convenience and Grocery Association says prices should not jump because of the snowstorm. “They have a different source than we do. A storm in the northeast is not going to impact Virginia.”

At the Amtrak station on Staples Mill Road in Henrico County some passengers had to alter plans. Amtrak cancelled all trains north of New York City.

Mark Watts needed to take an additional train to get to his final destination of Baltimore. “A little inconvenience but nothing like the folks of what they’re going through in Boston.”

Back along I-95 Josh Maxey and Jessica Martinez Maxey say that if the roads leading to New York becomes dangerous they’ll spend the night in a hotel.

“When it comes to driving in that big snow I don’t want to take that big risk,” says Jessica.

Twenty-five flights leaving Richmond were cancelled. Most of the service to Boston, Toronto and New York was affected. Several more flights are expected to be cancelled on Saturday.