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Sunday, May 26, 2024

Simply put: Plan on slippery road conditions. Winter weather advisory in effect

WYDaily/Courtesy of NOAA)
WYDaily/Courtesy of NOAA)

The National Weather Service in Wakefield has issued a winter weather advisory for the Historic Triangle from 4 p.m. Saturday through 1 a.m. Monday.

Forecasters said to expect mixed precipitation, with total snow accumulations “of up to two inches and ice accumulations of a light glaze…”

The advisory includes portions of east central, eastern, south central and southeast Virginia.

A winter weather advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties.

Expect slippery roads and limited visibility, and use caution while driving.

NWS is calling for an 80 percent chance of snow/wintry mix Saturday night; 100 percent chance of rain/sleet Sunday — mostly rain Sunday morning, then back to snow Sunday afternoon.

Sunday calls for highs in the mid-30s and overnight lows in the lower 30s with a 50 percent chance of wintry mix then snow.

Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency Saturday in advance of the anticipated effects of winter weather expected this weekend including snow, ice, and high winds throughout much of the state.

A state of emergency allows the state to mobilize resources and to deploy people and equipment to assist in response and recovery efforts. This action does not apply to individuals or private businesses. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management, State Police, Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia National Guard and other pertinent agencies are already mobilizing and preparing for the impact of this storm, according to the governor’s office.

Between 5 to 10 inches of snow is expected near Washington and in higher elevations where Interstates 64 and 81 intersect in Virginia. Southwest Virginia could see up to 6 inches  of snow and Baltimore and western Maryland could receive 3 to 7 inches of snow.

VDOT is advising motorists to monitor the weather and delay unnecessary travel during this time.

Road crews have completed pre-treatment of interstates and primary roadways in affected areas and are staged and ready to go once precipitation starts to fall, according to VDOT.

What you should know:

  • Motorists are urged to plan travel around winter weather and avoid unnecessary travel during the storm.
  • Travel is hazardous during winter weather and interferes with snow-clearing operations and emergency services.
  • Do not pass snow plows. Remember to give crews room and time to plow roads.

Crews first focus efforts on roads that carry the most traffic, such as interstates and primary roads, followed by major secondary roads with vital emergency and public facilities, and other secondary roads and subdivision streets, VDOT said.

Prior to any travel, check www.511virginia.org for the latest road conditions.

To report weather-related road issues, go to https://my.vdot.virginia.gov/ or call 800-FOR-ROADS.

Additional information can be found at http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp.

Traffic information is also available on Twitter @511statewideVA. For general VDOT information, follow @VaDOT. VDOT’s Facebook page will be updated throughout the storm.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzohttp://wydaily.com
John Mangalonzo (john@localdailymedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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