Thursday, February 29, 2024

Winter storm leaves Peninsula late Saturday, total snowfall up to a foot

Buckingham and Prince Edward County line. (Courtesy Virginia State Police, Trooper A.C.S. Goss)
Buckingham and Prince Edward County line. (Courtesy Virginia State Police, Trooper A.C.S. Goss)

The total snowfall from the first major winter storm of the season topped out at just over a foot in some areas of Williamsburg, and averaged about 5 to 6 inches in Virginia Beach and Norfolk, according to Tim Gingrich of the National Weather Service in Wakefield, Va.

Around 6:15 p.m. Saturday night, Gingrich said the storm was making its way off the coast, leaving only small flurries in the Norfolk and Virginia Beach oceanfront area.

The storm had left Williamsburg and Virginia Peninsula about an hour earlier, he said. Williamsburg averaged about 10 to 12 inches of snow.

Virginia State Police responded to 527 traffic crashes and 686 disabled vehicles statewide, according to a state police news release at 6:15 p.m. Of the total incidents, 120 crashes and 292 disabled vehicles were in the Hampton Roads region, which includes Hampton Roads, Tidewater, the Eastern Shore, Williamsburg, Franklin and Emporia.

Only one accident, in Green County, resulted in a fatality, the release said.

There were no major power outages in the Historic Triangle, but on the Southside, a downed power line knocked out power to over 6,100 Dominion Power customers in the Witchduck and Princess Anne areas of Virginia Beach midday Saturday, Dominion spokeswoman Daisy Pridgen said.

Dominion crews were able to restore power to those 6,100 customers by 4:30 p.m., but another 2,900 lost power around the same time of the restoration due to a second downed line in the Greenwell, Bayside and Kings Grant area, Pridgen said.

At 6:30 p.m., Pridgen said Dominon crews were still working to restore power to those 2,900 customers.

“It’s been pretty good so far because our crews have been able to keep up with it,” Pridgen said.

VDOT was working through Saturday night to clear roads and highways in the Hampton Roads region, according to a VDOT tweet.

The National Weather Service cancelled the winter storm warning that was in effect throughout the day Saturday, but maintained a winter weather advisory for both the Virginia Peninsula and the Southside until 10 a.m. Sunday, according to a National Weather Service alert.

The advisory listed snow, ice-covered roads and dangerous wind chills as potential hazards overnight Saturday. A winter weather advisory means snow and ice will cause travel difficulties.

Overnight temperatures into Sunday morning were expected to drop to between 10 and 15 degrees, with wind chills near zero, the release said.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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