HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — The snow started falling in Northeastern North Carolina Friday afternoon then quickly made its way to parts of Hampton Roads. With dropping temperatures throughout the night, ice forming on the roads is now a concern.
Super Doppler 10 Meteorologists are expecting the snow to continue well into the evening hours.
Unlike January’s messy wintry mix, Friday’s storm is expected to be primarily snow.
Portions of northeast North Carolina could see as much as 2 to 4 inches of accumulation. Areas on the southside of Hampton Roads are currently forecast to receive as much as 2 inches from Friday’s snowfall.
That snow is then expected to give way to sub-freezing temperatures on Saturday and Sunday.
Officials across the region began preparing against the expected snowfall earlier this week. Road crews from area cities as well as the Virginia and North Carolina Departments of Transportation have been pre-treating primary roads, bridges and overpasses with salt and abrasives.
They have also been urging motorists to use caution during Friday’s evening commute.
The impending weather caused school districts throughout the region to either closed schools or scheduled early dismissals Friday.
10 On Your Side’s Erin Kelly talked to Chesapeake officials, who said crews applied brine to major roads on Friday and planned to spread salt and sand where needed. A crew that started work at 7:00 p.m., will work through the night, checking on ramps, bridges and slick spots.
The Chesapeake Area Shelter Team is working to bring people who might need a place to stay to shelters, and would be available to pick them up near 20th Street in South Norfolk, officials said.
Employees at an AutoZone off of Battlefield Boulevard said business had been steady with customers purchasing items to protect vehicles in the cold.
“They’re buying the deicers, ice scrapers. We’ve also got the lock deicers for your locks…A lot of people have been buying jumper cables because their batteries have been going dead because of the fact of the could weather,” an employee named Kris told 10 On Your Side.
Viewers in Kill Devil Hills, Hertford and Nags Head reported snowfall shortly after 1:30 p.m.
10 On Your Side has also received viewer video of snow falling in Kill Devil Hills.
The snowfall caused very minor impacts on the interstates and highways across the Northern part of Northeast North Carolina. Crews with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) told WAVY.com they will continue to monitor the roads overnight into Saturday morning, with an emphasis on ice accumulation on briges, overpasses and ramps.
NCDOT crews monitored roads like Highway 17 all day Friday, but they did not have to drop their plows due to the snow melting on impact.
Officials say a brine solution put down on the roads Thursday helped in heating the snow on impact to minimize the effect on drivers. 10 On Your Side Matt Gregory has the story on how crews in the Outer Banks responded to the winter weather.
The Public Works Department had a full staff on hand they told 10 On Your Side’s Liz Palka. Crews operating plows and spreaders headed out as soon as the first snow started to fall.
Some operators even staged near the Hampton Coliseum as they waited for the snow to pick up. When they did start traveling, they were accompanied by Hampton police officers in their cruisers with the lights on. The police officers were there to ensure drivers kept a safe distance for the spreaders.
The Community Presbyterian Church at 400 Fox Hill Road will be open.
Crews told 10 On Your Side’s Liz Palka that they started applying a salt and sand mixture as soon as the snow started falling.
Crews started 12 hour shifts Friday morning, and will continue to work throughout the night to address road conditions. There are about 1500 tons of salt/sand, and 10,000 gallons of brine for the roads.
Light flurries began falling around 2 p.m. and picked up quickly within an hour. Snow fell down fast and consistently, sticking to grass and bushes but failing to stay on pavement.
City crews began pre-treating with brine ahead of the snowfall. Precipitation came to a halt by 5:30 p.m. 10 On Your Side’s Liz Kilmer spotted a crew by the intersection of Chesapeake Boulevard and Little Creek Road, where traffic was busy and moving without problems.
Crews planned to continue monitoring conditions throughout the overnight hours.
As a precaution, Norfolk Public Schools dismissed two hours early on Friday. City offices also closed early.
The St. Therese Catholic Church will have a shelter available starting at 7 p.m., with registration taking place Oasis Social Ministry. Volunteers will be transporting people to the shelter.
Public works crews are currently treating bridges and overpasses. There are 14 trucks on hand and 1500 tons of sand and salt. Crews began on 12-hour shifts at 7 a.m. this morning.
More than a dozen trucks will work to make sure the roads are clear until 6 a.m. Saturday. Public works crews are focused on treating the primary roads with a salt and sand mixture, and looking for ice on bridges and overpasses.
Overnight shelters are being offered for homeless adults through the city’s Winter Shelter Program. The program offers shelter between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. every night at various faith-based organizations.
For more information about the shelters, contact Volunteers of America at 757-437-4911.