Historic Triangle could see snow Thursday

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The Historic Triangle could see now Thursday night. (Courtesy National Weather Service)
The Historic Triangle could see a dusting of snow as early as Thursday night, and possibly snow on Saturday, too. (Courtesy National Weather Service)

Ready or not, snow might be coming to the Historic Triangle as early as tomorrow evening.

There is a chance of snow in Williamsburg after 10 p.m. Thursday, with total precipitation of less than one-tenth of an inch, according to a forecast from the National Weather Service.

Friday looks to be dry, Matt Scalora, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wakefield, Va., said in a phone interview Tuesday.

But snow could be back in the picture Saturday, when high temperatures in the low- to mid-30s are expected.

It’s too soon to predict any possible accumulation of snow for Saturday, Scalora said. But the service will update its forecast, which covers four days, he added.

Still, it’s not too soon to get ready, and here’s what you need to know if inclement winter weather does strike.

Power Outages

“For Thursday into Friday for Central Virginia and Williamsburg, we do not anticipate large numbers of outages caused by the snow,” Dan Genest, a spokesperson for Dominion Virginia Power, said in an email. “The biggest threat from the flurries may be drivers losing control and striking our poles. We urge everyone for their own safety to drive cautiously on potentially slick streets.”

To report a power outage, go to www.dom.com/outage-center/report-and-check-outages. You’ll need the 10-digit phone number linked to the account and the last four digits of the account holder’s social security number.

You can also report a power outage or downed power lines by calling customer service at 866-366-4357.

If you see downed lines or wires, stay away and keep pets away from them, too, Genest said.

School Closings

For the latest on school closings and delays from Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools, check the division’s homepage.

WJCC also puts the word out through a telephone notification system, on Facebook and Twitter, on its TV channel and through local media, according to an email from Betsy Overkamp-Smith, director of public relations and engagement.

Check here to learn about closings and delayed openings in the York County School Division.

Be Ready

For ways to beat winter weather, check out these tips from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.

Here are a few:

•Don’t use generators inside, due to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

•If the power goes out, use flashlights. Candles are a fire hazard.

•Bring pets inside and make sure they have enough food and access to unfrozen water.

•Don’t drive during winter storms.

•For traffic information and updates on road conditions, go to 511 Virginia or dial 511.

•The Virginia Department of Transportation also has information about road closures and winter-travel safety.

This is a developing story and it will be updated as more information becomes available.