Friday, April 19, 2024

You might want to get those snow boots ready: The Peninsula forecast to get anywhere from 2 to 3 inches

(WYDaily/Courtesy of NWS)
(WYDaily/Courtesy of NWS)

The National Weather Service in Wakefield provided an updated forecast for the winter storm hitting Hampton Roads and the Peninsula Thursday afternoon.

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for the Peninsula from 3 p.m. Thursday through Friday at 7 a.m.

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Ryan Rogers, meteorologist at the NWS Wakefield office, said temperatures are currently in the low to mid-40s and starting around 3 to 4 p.m. it will begin to rain.

Snow starts from sunset to 8 p.m. the latest, with wind gusts ranging from 15 to 25 mph starting around 8 to 9 p.m.

Rogers said those living closer to the coast might have longer periods of rain before it changes to snow.

“It will kinda vary a bit,” he said about the precipitation start times on the Peninsula. “Once it starts raining, it will cool the air.”

The rain will evaporate, cooling the dry air and causing temperatures to change quickly, he added.

With wind chill, temperatures are expected to be in the mid-20s from 8 p.m. to midnight Thursday and hit the low teens around 3 or 4 a.m. through the sunrise on Friday, Rogers added.

Jeff Orrock, meteorologist-in-charge, said the snow accumulation will continue through Friday morning around 4 a.m. with the wind gusts gradually decreasing through 11 a.m.

Temperatures will range from 26 to 28 degrees and 25 mph wind gusts, Orrock said, noting the wind chill should be around 15 degrees through the afternoon hours.

Williamsburg could get anywhere from 1 to 2 inches of snow and 2 to 3 inches for Newport News and Hampton.

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“It’s not super cold while it’s snowing, which concerns us,” Orrock said, adding there is still uncertainty to the amount of snow accumulation affecting the Peninsula, particularly Hampton because of the storm’s path. “It’s not coming up the coast, it’s going straight out to sea.”

Friday morning temperatures on the Peninsula will range from the mid- to upper-20s for the remainder of the day with lots of sunshine, Rogers said.

He said residents should be aware of what sources they get their weather forecast and to look at the whole range of snow predictions numbers since often times it ends up being the lower number.

“It’s a constant problem when you give a range and people disregard the bottom number,” Roger said.

You can follow the National Weather Service updates on Facebook and Twitter.

Now from VDOT — have a plan before you drive:

Before traveling, you can get the latest traffic conditions by calling 511, or click here. You also can download Virginia’s free 511 mobile app here.
  • 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) — Report road hazards or ask road-related questions at VDOT’s 24-hour Customer Service Center by calling this statewide toll-free number.
  • Twitter — Follow us @VaDOTHR and @511hamptonroads for the latest weather/traffic updates during a storm.
  • For more winter driving information, click here.

Winter weather driving tips:

  • Watch local forecasts and conditions before traveling.
  • No matter the forecast, if there is ice or snow on the road, travel is hazardous.
  • Give crews time to treat roads.

If traveling during adverse weather conditions:

  • Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
  • Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind the vehicle ahead of you.
  • Brake very lightly to keep your tires from slipping on pavement
  • Do not pass snow plows.


Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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