HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) – WAVY.com is On Your Side with tips as a large snow event moves into the area Tuesday night.
Snow started to fall around 3 p.m. in eastern North Carolina and will continue to move northward. By 5 p.m., the snow was well into the region and will continue through 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. Wednesday.
Snow totals are predicted to be 5 to 10 inches for most of Hampton Roads with a band of more than 10 inches from Southern Virginia Beach to the southwest toward Bertie County.
With temperatures hovering below freezing through Wednesday, to keep your pipes from freezing, allow water to drip from your faucets.
The significant snowfall is expected to create difficult driving conditions. If you have road hazards to report or road-related questions, call VDOT’s 24-hour Customer Service Center at 800-FOR -ROAD (800-367-7623).
The Virginia Department of Transportation and the public works departments in several cities are out in full gear clearing the roadways. Avoid traveling, but if you need to be out on the roads, slow down, use extreme caution and keep plenty of distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.
Clear all snow from your windows, lights and the roof of your vehicle. Any snow on the roof may cause hazardous conditions on the roadways for other drivers.
If you must drive, VDOT issued the following tips:
•Make sure your vehicle is winter ready – be sure to completely clear all windows, lights, and side mirrors before driving.
•Keep an emergency driving kit in your car.
•Wear your seatbelt and don’t drive distracted.
•Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles.
•Keep headlights on to increase visibility.
• Allow extra time for travel.
•Be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots and bridges.
•When driving on ice, don’t slam on your brakes. Travel gently. Turn slowly. Sudden changes can cause your car to spin out of control.
•Drive smart and pay attention.
Some flights may be delayed or canceled altogether. Check with your airline and monitor Norfolk International Airport here and Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport here.
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