Thursday, July 18, 2024

Record low temperatures along with hazardous travel expected through weekend

Snow in Williamsburg, Blizzard in Williamsburg. (Tom Davis/WYDaily) Richmond Road, Ironbound Road.
Virginia State Police and James City and York counties are urging motorists to stay off the roads unless it’s urgent and necessary. (Tom Davis/WYDaily)

Get ready for more cold weather. Parts of the Greater Williamsburg area are expected to drop as low as minus 8 degrees Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service office in Wakefield, and the cold will continue Sunday. 

In a press release, the Wakefield forecasting office said the combination of clear skies, light winds and the snow cover will allow for maximum cooling with many areas breaking their record lows.

Temperatures by sunrise Sunday will range between 2 degrees to minus 8 degrees. 

In addition, any melting of the snow that took place today will refreeze. Many secondary roads across will again be ice or snow-covered resulting in hazardous travel.

During Extremely Cold Weather

Don’t get caught unprepared. Follow these tips provided by the National Weather Service.

Motorists are urged to use caution while driving, keeping plenty of distance between you and other motorists.  

If you must go outdoors during extreme cold this winter, dress in layers. Cover exposed skin to reduce your risk of frostbite or hypothermia. Try to seek shelter from the wind as much as possible while outside. Once inside again, change into dry clothing immediately if you are wet. Understand and watch for frostbite and hypothermia.

Adjust your schedule. If possible, adjust your schedule to avoid being outside during the coldest part of the day, typically the early morning. Try to find a warm spot for your children while waiting for the school bus outside.

Protect your pets, livestock.  If you have pets or farm animals, make sure they have plenty of food and water and are not overly exposed to extreme cold.

Make sure your car or vehicle has at least a half a tank of gas during extreme cold situations so that you can stay warm if you become stranded.

Update your winter car survival kit: Make sure your car survival kit has the following:

  • Jumper cables: flares or reflective triangle are great extras
  • Flashlights: Replace the batteries before the winter season starts and pack some extras
  • First Aid Kit: Also check your purse or bag for essential medications
  • Baby, special needs gear: If you have a baby or family member with special needs, pack diapers and any special formula or food
  • Food: Stock non-perishable food such as canned food and a can opener, dry cereal and protein-rich foods like nuts and energy bars
  • Water: Have at least 1 gallon of water per person a day for at least 3 days
  • Basic toolkit: Pliers, wrench, screwdriver
  • Pet supplies: Food and water
  • Radio: Battery or hand cranked
  • Cat litter or sand: For better tire traction
  • Shovel: To dig out snow
  • Ice scraper: Even if you usually park in a garage, have one in the car.
  • Clothes: Make sure you dress for the weather in warm clothes, gloves, hat, sturdy boots, jacket and an extra change of clothes for the cold
  • Warmers: Pack extra for body, hand, feet
  • Blankets or sleeping bags: If you get stranded in traffic on a lonely road, you’ll be glad to have it.
  • Charged Cell Phone: Keep a spare charger in your car as well.

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