Live blog: Updates as snow moves out, wind and refreeze likely to come next

Posted at 6:18 AM, Jan 22, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-23 18:17:17-05

Snow will move out from west to east this morning before 9 AM.

Temperatures will struggle to break past the freezing point this afternoon, so refreeze is likely.

There’s a Winter Storm Warning in effect for most of the Southside, lower Peninsula, Eastern Shore, and northeast North Carolina from Friday to Saturday morning.

A Winter Weather Advisory has also been placed on Surry, Sussex, James City, Williamsburg, Gloucester, and Mathews.

Closures All City offices, courts, community centers, and libraries are CLOSED. Community centers and libraries will remain closed through the weekend. Monday’s status will be determined Sunday evening.

Virginia Beach will remain under Essential Operating Conditions until Sunday at 8 a.m.The Virginia Beach Sports Center will have a delayed opening of 9 a.m. on Saturday and the volleyball tournament is set to proceed.

The following Virginia Beach affiliated sites will be closed Saturday, Jan. 22:

  • Landfill and Resource Recovery Center
  • Libraries
  • Mount Trashmore (sledding is prohibited)
  • Recreation Centers
  • The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts box office
  • The Thoroughgood House
  • The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Cente
  • West Neck Recycling Center

Due to roadway conditions and for the safety of passengers and staff, Suffolk Public Works advises that Suffolk Transit service has been suspended for today, Saturday, January 22, 2022.

Details for Sunday, January 23:

The City of Virginia Beach will open City facilities Sunday, Jan. 23, to include recreation centers, the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, and parks under normal hours of operation.

  • The Virginia Aquarium will open at noon, however, whale watching tours and the Adventure Park are closed
  • Recreation centers will open at 11 a.m.
  • Parks will be open, however, sledding on Mount Trashmore is still prohibited and will be monitored.
  • Virginia Beach Public Library locations are closed on Sundays.
  • Thoroughgood House will be closed.

Details for Monday, Jan. 24:
Due to icy road conditions throughout the area, ECPPS will follow a remote learning schedule on Monday, January 24. Each school will follow up with their staff and students with specific information for remote learning for Monday.

There will be no after school/evening activities on Monday, January 24, for Elizabeth City Public Schools. They will continue to monitor road conditions and provide an update as soon as possible for operations on Tuesday, January 25th.

Norfolk Public Schools will also have a virtual learning day Monday, due to icy road conditions. Students should log on to Canvas for information regarding how to access classroom materials and live instruction

Virginia Beach Public Schools says due to icy roads in neighborhood areas of the city, Monday, Jan. 24, will be an asynchronous learning day. Schools and office buildings will be closed, but staff will be working remotely. Teachers, instructional staff and school counselors will be available for office hours; please check your child’s learning management system (Schoology, Seesaw or Canvas) for that availability.

All before and after school activities are canceled tomorrow. Before and after school programs run by Parks and Rec are also canceled.

Trash and Recycling Update Trash and recycling collection routes are postponed until Monday, January 24. Residents can place cans at the curbside beginning Sunday evening for Monday collection. Waste Management workers will be assisting with road clearing efforts so continued delays to collection are likely.

The First Warning Weather Team is tracking the storms and we will be updating this story with up to the minute details as we learn more about how they impact out area.

Latest updates are listed below with the newest at the top:

Forecast Specific Info for Perquimans County:
  • Total snowfall between 3.5 – 7” reported, with deeper drifts throughout Perquimans County.
  • Temperatures will drop below freezing tonight, causing any standing water on roadways to refreeze.
  • Windchills will be in the 20s again tonight.
  • Highs for Monday should reach the mid-40s.
  • All primary and most secondary roads are clear. All DOT roads in Perquimans have been plowed as of this afternoon.
  • However, icy spots should be expected on some secondary roads and in housing developments until roads are completely dry.
  • Use caution while traveling tonight and tomorrow morning.

Reported Closings/Delay for Monday, January 24, 2022:
  • Perquimans County Offices – Open at 11am
  • Perquimans County Office of the Courts – Open at 9am
  • Perquimans County Schools – Remote day for students
  • Perquimans County Health Department/Albemarle Regional Health Services - Closed
  • Town of Hertford – Normal Opening at 8am
  • Town of Winfall – Open at 11am
  • PCG Landfill & Convenience Sites – Open at 10am
  • College of the Albemarle – Virtual learning

Don’t forget to check on your neighbors and ensure that your pets have some type of heat source or bring them inside.
Perquimans County Emergency Services

From the City of Suffolk:

SUFFOLK, Virginia (January 22, 2022) Suffolk Public Works crews continue to work to address snow and ice on roadways in the City of Suffolk. At this point, most designated primary roadways have been cleared and treated and staff have moved to secondary roads. Public Works currently has 22 trucks in operation and have used 189 tons of abrasive across the City. Crews will continue to work 24 hours a day in 12 hour shifts for the foreseeable future.

Staff would like to remind residents of possible refreezing on roadways tonight into Sunday morning due to forecasted frigid overnight temperatures. The National Weather Service in Wakefield is calling for a low of 10 degrees tonight in the City of Suffolk. Motorists are asked to stay off the roads and avoid all nonessential travel. Bridges and overpasses can be particularly troublesome as they are likely to freeze before roads.

If you do have to travel, stay back and avoid passing snow plows as snow or abrasives can come from the plow while it is in operation. Also drivers should not get directly in front of a snow plow as the heavy machinery is not able to stop quickly.

An interactive map of the City’s priority routes for public paved roadways within the City can be viewed online:

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