Snowy weather causes dangerous road conditions overnight in Hampton Roads

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Posted at 11:10 PM, Jan 22, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-23 06:08:36-05

HAMPTON ROADS, Va - The temperatures are dropping and the roads got icy Saturday night after Friday night's snowfall in which Hampton Roads saw several inches of snow.

Many people went out to enjoy the snow and sled down hills.

"It’s awesome. So much fun. We were hoping for snow yesterday but I was worried when there wasn’t any. Then I woke up this morning and looked out the window and it’s all white," Abby Shomaker, a high school student, said.

For Abby and her high school friends in Norfolk, their wish of snow was granted with a winter wonderland.

"It doesn’t snow very often so it's always worth it to take whatever opportunities you can," Elias Boise, a middle school student, said.

"It’s really enjoyable. I think the last time we did it was about three or four years ago. It’s a locally known spot that this is one of the better hills," Luke Shomaker, who was out sledding down hills, said.

For drivers, major roads and interstates were cleared by crews, but the roads remained icy after a refreeze into Saturday night. Public works officials asked drivers to stay off the road unless it's necessary, and stay out of the path of snow plows while driving.

On Chesapeake Boulevard in Norfolk, a driver crashed into a utility pole after sliding on black ice Saturday night. Police urged drivers to take it slow if they hit the roads overnight.

In Suffolk, the Public Works Department cleared major roadways Saturday morning. They tell News 3 they’ll have twenty-two trucks out on the road into the early Sunday morning hours treating secondary roads that don’t see as much traffic.

We caught up with a food delivery driver who says orders slowed down during Friday night’s snow.

"Between Uber Eats and Instacart, we had a few orders, then it just got really slow which was surprising for a Friday night. But tonight it seems to be a whole lot crazier, so hopefully, it will be a lot better," an Uber Eats and Instacart deliverer said.