Hampton Roads and North Carolina Prepares for more Snow
Hampton Roads is set for more snow this afternoon, making for a potentially slippery and hazardous commute home on the highways.
WAVY.com reported that crews around Hampton Roads, as well as the Virginia Department of Transportation, have started treating roads ahead of snow that is expected to fall Friday afternoon.
The City of Norfolk started pre-treating bridges and some primary roads on Thursday and is continuing today and crews will be available through Friday night.
Virginia Beach’s Public Works’ “Frost Patrol” was out in the early hours of Friday to pre-treat bridges and overpasses, the first places where black ice can form.
City spokesman Drew Lankford told WAVY.com eight trucks and operators were already assigned for today’s expected weather.
Another Cold Weather Front Hits Hampton Roads
The snow event is markedly different than January’s storm in which the Peninsula and Williamsburg saw the highest totals and Washington DC was buried.
Friday’s storm is expected to be primarily snow rather than a wintery mix. Parts of northeast North Carolina will see as much as 2 to 4 inches of accumulation. The southside of Hampton Roads will see more than the Peninsula with parts of Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach and Norfolk currently forecast to receive as much as 2 inches.
The Virginian-Pilot reported that a winter weather advisory is in force for South Hampton Roads and the Eastern Shore of Virginia while the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for northeastern North Carolina.
The snowfall will not be as prolonged as in January’s weather event and is forecast to peter out this evening. Nevertheless, there will be inherent risks for drivers. Last month Hampton Roads saw less snow than the rest of Virginia but more accidents.
While the roads are typically the most dangerous places, Virginia Beach officials are urging parents to keep their children away from ponds and lakes where thin ice has formed. The ice is too thin to hold the weight of a child, they say.
Homeless people are also at risk. In Portsmouth the overnight shelter for the homeless at St. Therese Catholic Church, 4137 Portsmouth Blvd is open through the weekend. The intake location at 7 p.m. is Oasis Social Ministry, 800 Williamsburg Ave.
You should only drive in snowy conditions if you really have to and heed our Virginia and North Carolina cold weather driving tips.
Catch up on the latest forecast on WAVY’s Super Doppler 10 Online. You can also check the latest road conditions through WAVY 10’s Traffic Cams or check the predictions of the National Weather Service in Wakefield, VA.
If you are hurt due to the fault of a driver who loses control in bad weather, call us at (757) 455-0077 for a free consultation or see CooperHurley.com.