HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — A warming pattern hitting the Hampton Roads region is starting to thaw out snow and ice left behind by a winter storm.
Road conditions were improving somewhat — as temperatures finally got above freezing Monday — but remained treacherous in other parts of the area. The dangerous driving conditions led to most local public school districts announcing they would be closed again Tuesday, January 9 and late Tuesday afternoon, 10 On Your Side started hearing from a few school districts that will be closed again Wednesday. For these students, this makes a full week of snow days.
Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools were initially on a 2-hour delay for Wednesday, but announced schools would be closed early in the morning.
Schools have been closed since a winter storm brought bitter cold temperatures and heavy snowfall to the region last Wednesday and Thursday. The snowfall left many neighborhoods and surrounding side-streets snowed-in.
10 On Your Side’s Lex Gray and photographer Larry Carney surveyed conditions along several secondary roads in Norfolk and Virginia Beach.
Even some of the major roads in Norfolk — like Virginia Beach Boulevard and Military Highway — remained a little dicey for drivers. In some cases on the Southside, roads would have clean and decent stretches before another icy, bumpy patch.
10 On Your Side’s Jason Marks talked to some residents in the Virginia Beach neighborhood of Salem Woods that are working to shovel themselves out.
“You just have put your back into a little bit,” resident Cyrus Jones said as he shoveled more snow. It wasn’t the way Jones envisioned spending his winter break from college.
Jones was clearing a path so his mom has a place to park. Their neighborhood, like many, have been covered in ice since the storm.
Crews have been working around the clock to get them clear. Drew Lankford, Public Works spokesman said they went through more than 6,000 tons of sand and salt. Another 2,000 more tons of salt are expected to be delivered Tuesday.
Lankford says the public works has spent almost $250,000 on the storm. The job is still not done, but the good news the temperature are rising.
Clearer conditions were seen on parts of Battlefield Boulevard in Chesapeake.
On the Peninsula, main roads were largely clear in Hampton. A steady flow of traffic was seen early Monday on West Mercury Boulevard near Interstate 64.
However, just a couple of steps off West Mercury showed a major difference in the conditions of the primary and secondary roads. A lot of ice and snow still covered the residential roads.
“My car has four wheel driver so I’ve been able to get in and out without any problem,” Hampton resident Eric Murrary said. “Other people have been having problems, people keep getting stuck on my block.”
Across the Peninsula, neighborhood roads remained treacherous. Both Hampton and Newport News schools cancelled school for Tuesday. The big break in the snow problems won’t come until temperatures melt all the snow.
“The roads are doing pretty good, but the weather is gonna change so it’s looking better all the time,” newport News resident Mike Boswell said.
Residents on Sunday expressed concerns about the roads and overnight freezing temperatures.
“The main roads were fine. It was the side roads that are really bad, like going in and out of our neighborhood, but the main roads are fine. If you take your time, you should be fine,” Hampton resident Sonya Howard said.
The good news for residents is temperatures for the week will finally get above the freezing mark. The warmer temperatures — as well as some rain — will likely lead to more freezing over the course of the week.
Before that time, there will be one last arctic blast to deal with in the aftermath of the storm. Record temperatures were seen in Norfolk early on Monday.