Live blog: Winter storm updates as snow begins to fall

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Posted at 7:50 AM, Jan 21, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-22 01:57:46-05

Snow is expected to fall throughout our region and significant snow accumulation is possible.

Mixed precipitation will continue in North Carolina throughout the morning, but most of Virginia will start to dry out as the sun rises.

Snow will spread from south to north this afternoon to evening. Expect widespread snow tonight depending on the area 3” to 6”could be seen with the highest numbers on the Southside and the Albemarle.

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.

Officials for the city of Chesapeake sent these updates as of Friday morning:

While snow is not a concern yet, ice is. Even treated roadways could be slick. We’re seeing particularly slick roads in southern Chesapeake and on bridges and overpasses. Motorists should be cautious of black ice throughout the day.

All City offices, courts, community centers, and libraries are CLOSED today, Friday, January 21. 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 Center
  • West Neck Recycling Center

Trash and Recycling Update
Friday trash and recycling collection routes are postponed until Monday, January 24. No trash or recycling collection will take place today. 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:

From the City of Chesapeake:

**UPDATED TO ADD: The tolls on the Dominion Blvd Veterans Bridge have now also been lifted due to deteriorating road conditions.

From Michael Holtzclaw with the City of Hampton:

Hampton street crews dumped 211 tons of salt on our roads and bridges between 7 p.m. Thursday and 4 p.m. Friday.

The city has also closed all libraries, parks and neighborhood and community centers on Saturday, as well as the Hampton History Museum.
From the City of Chesapeake:

Road Treatment & Conditions

Snow is starting to stick on roads throughout the City. Public Works crews are treating emergency routes and will continue to do so throughout the night. Plowing will begin once two inches of snow have accumulated. The sustained low temperatures plus winds are causing the snow to blow back onto the roadways in many locations, creating slick conditions even where roads have been treated. Motorists should continue to use extreme caution on the roads tonight and should avoid non-essential travel. Drivers should consider every road as slick or icy, no matter how it may appear.
Team Norfolk,

It would be incorrect to say we’ve been in a holding pattern because the incredible women and men in the Public Works Streets and Bridges Division have been out and about treating primary roads, bringing, and putting down a sand/salt mixture with their brine trucks and spreaders. Simultaneously, other departments have been making their response preparations in according to their SOP’s and the overall Team Norfolk Winter Storm Annex. []

Norfolk is still under a Winter Storm Warning with snow had begun to fall. We should continue to see snow until the system moves out of the area by around 6 am tomorrow morning. We are also still projected to get 4” with a 10% chance it could reach 6”. []

Along with the potential for wet snow in parts of Norfolk after 10 pm and any consequent power outages, an additional item of concern is re-freezing. In other words, our plowing efforts may be assisted by a decrease in cloud coverage throughout the day tomorrow, but the temperatures will remain below freezing until they begin to warm up Sunday reaching a high of 40 degrees (from around 1 pm to 4 pm). This should help melt some snow and ice; however, only temporarily. Temps will drop right back down to below freezing later Sunday evening and overnight until 9 am Monday. That which is melted may freeze again.

Latest Announcements:

  • City Manager Dr. Filer has made the decision to keep city offices (libraries, recreation centers) closed, resuming normal operations Monday morning.
  • Norfolk Cares Call Center will also be on duty tomorrow.
  • Lastly, as it pertains to the testing and vaccination operations at Military Circle Mall: they are closing at 5 pm today and will be suspended Saturday and Sunday (no vaccines are given on Sundays anyways).

Stay safe and more to come tomorrow,

Thank you!

Jim Redick, Director

Norfolk Emergency Preparedness and Response

Tracking snow in Virginia Beach

Forecast Specific Info for Perquimans County:

    • Winter Storm Warning from 1/21/2022 7:00 AM to 1/22/2022 10:00 AM EST for Perquimans County, NC
    • Steady snowfall is expected Friday between 4-6pm through Saturday morning, ending between 5-7am.
    • Total of 4-6” of total snow is expected, with locally higher amounts possible.
    • Wind chills Saturday morning will be in the teens.
    • Temperatures will most likely remain at or below freezing on Saturday.
    • Travel impacts are very likely late Friday into Saturday, especially with temperatures staying below freezing.

    Reported closings for Friday, January 21, 2022:
    • Perquimans County Schools (students & staff)
    • Perquimans County Health Department/Albemarle Regional Health Services
    • Perquimans County Offices
    • Town of Hertford
    • Town of Winfall
    • PCG Landfill & Convenience Sites
    • College of the Albemarle (all campuses)

    NCDOT crews are in place and ready to begin clearing state-maintained roads.

    • Please be aware that public safety response may be delayed or unavailable as road conditions deteriorate.
    • Don’t forget to check on your neighbors and ensure that your pets have some type of heat source or bring them inside.