HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — Widespread snow fell throughout the region Monday, sticking to the roadways and causing a messy commute for Presidents Day.
The snowfall transitioned to sleet and rain in the later hours of Monday morning. In many parts of the region, the precipitation is now entirely rain.
Slick, snow-covered roadways caused a high volume of single-vehicle crashes Monday. Officials are urging motorists to use caution if they must travel.
The snow showers started before midnight on Sunday, and continued into the early morning hours Monday.
Up to three inches of snowfall was reported in areas across the Peninsula, Middle Peninsula, and Northern Neck Monday.
Other viewers have reported seeing accumulation of an inch or two in areas such as Chesapeake, Virginia Beach and Newport News.
The snow that stuck to the ground did not survive the day. As a warm front pushed in from the south, temperatures warmed into the low-40’s by 10-11 a.m.
The warm air melted a lot of the snow on the ground and on the roads.
VDOT said crews began pre-treating roads west of the region Sunday to prepare for the messy roads.
In Hampton Roads, VDOT crews did not pre-treat the roads because they say what they put down on Friday is still there. VDOT has said that if roads get slick, crews will respond accordingly.
School systems in the area that planned on being open during the Presidents’ Day holiday, closed or announced delays for Monday.