HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) – With a winter storm warning in effect for Hampton Roads, WAVY news crews on the Peninsula saw the first snowflakes around 5 p.m. Tuesday and snow accumulation continued through the evening.
Most of the metro area saw rain in the early evening along with a dusting of snow in some areas, but precipitation quickly changed over to snow as the cold air continued to rush in.
Some schools and businesses closed early Tuesday and more announced closings and delays for Wednesday as the night wore on.
From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., snow north of the Peninsula slowly moved southward into the metro area. From 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., the snow continued to push southward into North Carolina and across the Hampton Roads area. Later in the evening, the snow got drier and heavier with wind chills in the teens, but between midnight and 4 a.m. Wednesday, the snow tapered off.
Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation responded to affected roads, applying sand and salt. They continued overnight to give drivers traction and to melt snow and ice. VDOT said snow removal began on interstates and primary roads, and then shifted to secondary roads as conditions improved.
VDOT crews pretreated Interstate 64 from Interstate 295 to Mallory Street in Hampton on Monday, according to Marshall Herman with VDOT. The pretreatment includes chemicals which prevent a bond from forming between the pavement and the snow and ice.
In Newport News, city road crews installed nine sand spreaders and 17 snow plows on trucks. Public work crews are working around the clock to clear priority 1, 2 and 3 roads, which includes about 541 miles of city roadways.
Virginia Natural Gas told WAVY.com they were prepared to meet heating needs during the severe weather, with crews strategically situated throughout Hampton Roads to respond quickly to any natural gas emergencies.
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.
Thousands of flights have been impacted by the winter weather across the country. Airlines suggest you check with them first before heading out.