Virginia braces for another winter storm

RICHMOND, Va. (AP/WAVY) — Another winter storm is bearing down on Virginia. Winter storm warnings are in effect for most of the state Monday, prompting school closings across the state and flight cancellations.

The storm began early Monday as freezing rain, followed by sleet and then snow. Winter storm warnings are in effect for most of the state.

The National Weather Service says snow accumulations could range from 2 inches to 4 inches in the southern part of the state and Hampton Roads to between 8 inches and 10 inches in northern Virginia.

The storm is already knocking out power to customers.

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The Virginia Department of Transportation says it is monitoring conditions and crews were planning to treat roadways. Rain on Sunday and overnight prevented crews from pre-treating roads. The department says pre-treatment wouldn’t be effective because the rain would wash the brine off the roads.

The department is advising motorists to delay travel if possible.

Photos: Warm weather before the storm

WAVY News’ Liz Palka was in Suffolk Sunday evening, where public works trucks started treating the roads. Diana Klink with the City of Suffolk said crews focused on bridges and overpasses for now, treating them with a brine solution. Klink added that the Public Works Department has replenished the salt and sand mixture since the last snow storm the area had.

People enjoying the warm weather Sunday, March 2. (WAVY/Liz Palka)
People enjoying the warm weather Sunday, March 2. (WAVY/Liz Palka)

A Virginia Beach City spokesperson told WAVY.com they are watching the forecast, but have no plans to send out their “frost patrol” Sunday night. The “frost patrol” only treats roads when temperatures drop below 35 degrees.

However, the Virginia Beach Public Works Department is paying close attention to the forecast, and said road crews are schedule to come in at 6 a.m. even if there is no precipitation falling at that time.

Crews in Newport News prepared their plows and spreaders Sunday morning.12-hour shifts begin at 7 a.m. Monday, and they will work around the clock as needed. A spokesperson told WAVY.com the City replenished its salt and sand supplies since the last storm. They are not worried about a shortage.

The City of Hampton also has plenty of salt and sand according to a spokesperson WAVY News checked in with Sunday. Hampton Public Works crews will start treating the roads at 6 a.m. Monday.

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Sunday evening, several school districts announced they would be closed Monday due to the threat of inclement weather.

North Carolina crews are also preparing for winter weather. North Carolina Department of Transportation crews plan to treat bridges and overpasses. North Carolina is expecting sleet and freezing rain in some areas and up to a foot of snow in the western part of the state.

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