HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — Southeast Virginia and parts of North Carolina experienced scattered snow flurries Tuesday as a winter storm passed through the East Coast overnight.
As temperatures dropped Monday night, scattered rain showers turned into scattered snow flurries and continued into the morning. The snow showers tapered off by the mid-morning hours. 10 On Your Side’s Meteorologist Tiffany Savona reported, on average, most areas saw a dusting up to an inch of snow. However, some areas close to the Chesapeake Bay saw between 1 and 2 inches. There were also reports of snow as far south as Kill Devil Hills along the Outer Banks.
Around 9 a.m., drier air started to push in from the north, shutting down the snow by noon. Hampton Roads had been under a winter weather advisory until 1 p.m. However, the weather advisory was lifted an hour early.
In the Hampton Roads area, snow gradually accumulated on grassy surfaces in the morning, but not so much on the roads. The highs will be in the 30s through Wednesday, and drier conditions are expected beyond Tuesday.
Hunter Phelan, who works at a hardware store, said people started to get ready for the snow earlier in the week.
“I think they’re starting to pick up a little bit now because they’re buying the ice melt and just leaving it in the trunk of their car, leaving it in the garage,” Phelan said.
He said many people bought shovels, even if they didn’t really need them this time.
“Pretty much everybody was saying, ‘Well, I hope I don’t need this! Going to buy the shovel, but I hope I don’t need it.’ Within the last ten days, I’ve probably sold a pallet and a half, so there’s somewhere around 120 bags of ice melt,” Phelan said.
Perhaps the biggest problem came from snow hundreds of miles away. Rodrigo Lacerda and his friend had traveled from Brazil and were trying to get to New York. WAVY News talked to them on Monday, right before they spent the night at Norfolk International Airport. On Tuesday, they were still there.
“It’s sad, because we lost two days in New York, but we are happy because we are going to arrive tomorrow,” Lacerda said.
They were hoping to get there on a 1:30 flight Wednesday, which meant they would spend another night sleeping in the airport.
“I can’t wait. I want to take a shower and lay down in a bed,” Lacerda said.