HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) - Snow began falling steadily across Hampton Roads and northeastern North Carolina Friday afternoon, as forecast.
Residents reported seeing snow just before 3 p.m. and it quickly began to accumulate on the ground.
The timing of the snowfall impacted the afternoon rush hour. Police departments across the area reported dozens of accidents related to the weather.
A winter weather advisory is in effect through 1 a.m. Saturday morning. Side streets and shaded areas could be problems for drivers as temperatures drop to 22 degrees into Saturday morning. Highways and main roads are expected to be clear Saturday and Sunday.
WAVY Chief Meteorologist Don Slater said the snow is expected to taper off earlier than originally predicted. He says it should begin to clear around 9 p.m.
Meteorologists report the heaviest snow was reported near the state line or just south of it, accumulating between four and five inches.
Most of Hampton Roads can expect between one and two inches Friday, but parts of the Eastern Shore could see more than two inches. Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson wrote in his blog, "Some areas will see the snow change to freezing rain or even ice pellets/sleet. This will make the roads very icy."
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