Hampton Roads braces for snow

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) – Several inches of snow are expected to fall around the viewing area Tuesday afternoon, which could cause a messy commute home.

Super Doppler 10 Forecast

Winter Storm warnings have been issued for the entire viewing area. Snowfall is expected to begin in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula areas around 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Some schools and businesses will be closing early Tuesday. Click here for a complete list of closings and delays.

Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation were out pretreating roadways across the Hampton Roads area Monday, on Interstate 64 from Interstate 295 to Mallory Street in Hampton on the Peninsula and on highly traveled interstates in the Southside and Smithfield, according to Marshall Herman with VDOT.

The pretreatment includes chemicals which prevent a bond from forming between the pavement and the snow and ice. The treatment can be put on roads 48 hours in advance and still be effective, Herman said.

Drew Lankford with Virginia Beach Public Works said the city’s frost patrol trucks would hit the roads at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, spreading a sand and salt mixture on the ramps, bridges and overpasses. Lankford says the city has enough of the mixture to last through four or five more storms.

Lori Crouch with the City of Norfolk told WAVY.com there are dozens of workers, 19 trucks with snow plows and 16 salt and sand spreaders ready to go. She said the roads will be treated before they freeze. Once the snow starts to accumulate, crews will start removing snow on bridges and overpasses, downtown streets and main roads throughout Norfolk.

Blog: A messy Tuesday evening commute

VDOT is asking motorists to delay any traveling during winter weather. For those who must travel, use extreme caution and slow down when approaching slow-moving equipment as it treats the roadways.

VDOT said crews will continue to monitor conditions Tuesday morning ahead of the storm.

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Thousands of flights have been impacted by the winter weather across the country. Airlines suggest you check with them first before heading out.

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