Sunday, October 1, 2023

Virginia Beach, Norfolk get first snow of the year; residents encouraged to stay off roads

A snow plow sits in a snow-covered parking lot in Kempsville. (Justin Belichis)
A snow plow sits in a snow-covered parking lot in Kempsville. (Justin Belichis)

Hampton Roads was covered in snow by daybreak Saturday.

Snowfall began early and has been forecasted to continue until 3 p.m., according to the National Weather Service’s website. NWS predicts snowfall could pile up to nine inches in Virginia Beach and Norfolk.

Saturday’s highest temperature will reach 31 degrees, with a low of 13 degrees. There is a chance of snowfall again before 9 p.m. according to NWS. There is also a high surf advisory and blizzard warning in effect until 10 p.m.

Temperatures are forecasted to get above freezing by Tuesday, which means snow is likely to stick around until then, according to Virginia Beach city manager Dave Hansen.

Since 12 a.m., there have been 38 traffic crashes and 12 disabled vehicles reported in the Hampton Roads area, according to Virginia State Police.

The Virginia Department of Transportation is working throughout the weekend to clear area interstates, bridges, overpasses and more, according to a news release. But drivers are encouraged to stay off the roads.

“We are urging people to stay off the roads at this point,” VDOT Senior Communications Specialist Dave Forster said. “Conditions are bad out there.”

Hampton Roads Transit has suspended its operations Saturday due to icy roads, according to Twitter. That means no buses, ferry or light rail.

There are no major power outages in the Tidewater area, according to a Dominion Power spokesperson. People who experience a power outage can report it on or by calling 866-DOM-HELP.

For a list of closures, cancellations and parking restrictions in the Southside, click here.

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