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Hampton Roads Faces Up To 12 Inches of Snow

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Hampton Roads Faces Up To 12 Inches of Snow

Hampton Roads may face at least a foot of snow making driving conditions difficult until Monday, meteorologists believe.

The winter storm warning was given by the National Weather Service. The Virginian-Pilot reported Norfolk and Virginia Beach may get as much as six to eight inches of snow and possibly more.

There's a 20 percent chance Hampton Roads could get 10 to 12 inches, stated Jeff Orrock, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Orrock said the snow is not going to be a one-day event and travel could still be difficult on Monday.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm starting at 10 p.m. Friday and lasting until 10 p.m. Saturday. These warnings are issued 48 hours before more than 3 inches of snow are expected.

Snow is set to hit Hampton Roads

Snow in Chesapeake

Rain on Thursday and into Friday and will be followed by a second weather system which will move into the area, with snow starting Friday night and lasting into the middle of Saturday.

On Sunday, temperatures will barely creep into the upper 20s and the mid-teens, meaning accumulated snow will not melt quickly.

The National Weather Service said Suffolk, Portsmouth, and Chesapeake could get 4 to 6 inches, and Newport News and Hampton could see 4 to 6 inches. Williamsburg is expected to get 2 to 3 inches.

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) issued a press release on Thursday detailing how it is preparing for snow.

As of Thursday, crews across the District have made equipment checks, topped off salt and fuel supplies and notified additional personnel to be ready to work throughout the weekend. An Emergency Operations Center could be activated as early as Friday evening to monitor conditions and direct the District’s round-the-clock response. Forecasts from the National Weather Service are predicting snow to begin in the early morning hours Saturday and to increase in intensity after 7 a.m.

VDOT urged motorists to stay off icy and snow-covered roads. VDOT will apply pre-treatment to prevent ice from sticking to the road and assisting crews with snow and ice removal.

“However, even roads that have been pre-treated will still be slippery and hazardous when freezing temperatures combine with precipitation,” VDOT stated.

The National Weather Service warns freezing temperatures will remain in Hampton Roads until early next week. Roads may be even more hazardous on Sunday, well after the snowfall has ended.

VDOT aims to ensure all state-maintained roads in Virginia are passable within 48 hours after a storm ends, assuming no additional snowfall. Passable does not necessarily mean clear, however.

Stay at home if you can. If you must drive, please heed our winter weather driving tips in Virginia.

Motorists are encouraged to visit 511virginia.org or call 511 for up-to-date information on road and traffic conditions in the Commonwealth. Updates are also available by following the Hampton Roads District on Twitter at @VaDOTHR. More information on winter weather travel is at https://www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp.

If you have been hurt in a crash caused by bad driving in winter weather, call us today at (757) 455-0077. Please stay safe during the storm.

Bill O'Mara

 

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John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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