Monday, January 30, 2023

Freezing weather, potential snow showers, to descend on Williamsburg through New Year’s Day

Icicles stretching down from a roof on La Valette Avenue in Norfolk. (Adrienne Mayfield/SouthsideDaily)
Greater Williamsburg is facing “sharply colder” weather, and a slight chance of snow showers through Tuesday. (Adrienne Mayfield/Southside Daily)

An unusually cold weather front is descending on Greater Williamsburg.

Nightly temperatures across the region are expected to stay in the teens, before windchill is factored. After windchill, coastal temperatures are expected to be in the low teens and colder inland, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Montefusco.

Snow showers are possible Sunday into Monday, but there’s a slim chance of any snow accumulating on roads or elsewhere, Montefusco said.

“It would be just some snow showers,” Montefusco said in a phone interview. “The big story is the cold temperatures, just to be ready for those markedly cold temperatures.”

New Year’s Eve through Jan. 2 is expected to be the coldest period in the next week, according to Montefusco.

While the cold weather takes hold, the City of Williamsburg’s Quarterpath Recreation Center will be open to members of the public to step inside and warm up, during regular business hours, according to city spokeswoman Lee Ann Hartmann.

Also open, the Williamsburg Regional Library has previously served as a warming center during cold weather events. The libraries are open to members of the public in Williamsburg and James City County during regular business hours.

While the libraries and recreation center will be closed during the holiday, Montefusco said it’s important for people with exposure to the cold to ‘be prepared.’

“If you have outdoor plans for New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, be prepared,” Montefusco said. “It’ll be quite chilly.”

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