Hampton Roads Snow Driving Conditions Loom Again
For the second time in two weeks, Hampton Roads snow driving conditions are likely as a winter storm hits the region.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is once again gearing up for winter conditions that are expected to hit Hampton Roads tomorrow.
The snow is expected to start falling on Wednesday, possibly between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., reports WAVY.com.
The next round of snow will be less extreme than the first but still has potential to lead to Hampton Roads snow driving conditions.
Drivers in the Tidewater area are ill-prepared for snow. The seven cities often see a spate of wrecks as roads turn slippery.
When as much as 10 inches of snow settled in Hampton Roads during January’s first snowfall, more than 120 weather related crashes were reported.
A report on ABC13 suggested a couple inches of snow is likely for much of the region. More snow is expected further west in areas like Southampton County.
Snow showers will begin Wednesday morning. The Virginia Peninsula will be hit first and the snow will move south and east.
The snow is expected to miss the morning commute but temperatures will hover around freezing point. Hampton Roads snow driving conditions are expected around midday Wednesday.
The snow has potential to cause problems during the evening commute. Light to moderate bursts of snow are expected and snowfall accumulations will generally be around 1-2 inches with some spots closer to 3 inches.
Unlike the previous snowfall, rising temperatures at the end of the week will quickly melt the snow. However, temperatures on Wednesday night will be stuck in the upper teens, raising the prospect of a layer of snow turning to ice.
The second snowfall is expected at a time when VDOT’s coffers to deal with snow events have been drained.
VDOT spokesperson Paula Miller said the department went through its snow and ice removal budget responding to the last storm. The budget is part of VDOT’s overall maintenance budget. It set aside $5.3 million for Hampton Roads.
Miller told local media, snow-clearing materials have been restocked. Crews were out pretreating roads on Tuesday night. VDOT will borrow money from other sections of the maintenance budget.
Although the snow plows will be out again, you should avoid snow covered roads where possible. Tomorrow evening’s commute home from Norfolk may be hazardous.
It’s important to prepare your car for bad weather and to drive defensively. See Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers’ bad weather driving tips.
If you are hurt in an accident caused by another driver, please contact us as soon as possible at (757) 455-0077.