Roads thaw out after winter storm leaves behind icy conditions


HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — A thin sheet of ice and snow remained on area roadways Thursday morning following the second winter storm of the season.

Crews with Virginia Beach Public Works were out treating the roads, but in some areas there may not be enough snow on the ground for plowing. Public works said it needs at least two inches of snow before they can put the plows down.

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Children across the region spent another day of out school because of the snow. Virginia Beach students tell 10 On Your Side’s Chris Horne they’re ready to get back in school after keeping up with their friends on social media and spending a lot of time watching TV during the day off.

Up on the peninsula, 10 On Your Side’s Andy Fox reported the roads were looking pretty clear as we head into the chilly night.

Hampton spokesperson, Robin McCormick, told Fox, “The  main roads are looking really good.  We were able to pre-treat  them with brine, and the snow melted quickly almost as quickly as it fell and it looks pretty darn good today.”

The Virginia Department of transportation reported icy conditions on the major connectors — the Monitor Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel and the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel. Wind restrictions were seen on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel because of the conditions.

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Local officials and VDOT urged drivers to take extreme caution if they needed to be out on the roadways.

Down in the Outer Banks, residents saw almost a foot of snow. Kitty Hawk Mayor Gary Perry told 10 On Your Side’s Matt Gregory, “If this is any indication of what we would normally get in February or March, stand by for a look out. It’s liable to get rough around here.”

The icy roads did have some impacts on services from Hampton Roads Transit. HRT said the buses, ferries and light rail were operating on a regular weekday schedule.

HRT officials did, however, mention that icy roads were likely to slow or delay services.

Wednesday’s snowfall led to several crashes across the viewing area. Virginia State Police said troopers responded to 179 crashes in the Chesapeake division through 8 a.m. Thursday.

A state trooper was involved in a crash on Wednesday while investigating a separate accident on Interstate 64 at J. Clyde Morris Boulevard in Newport News.

A car slid off the road into a ditch off Cypress Bridge Road Wednesday afternoon in Southampton County. The Newsoms Volunteer Fire Department said the driver suffered minor injuries.

10 On Your Side reached out to police across Hampton Roads to see if they had specific numbers for weather-related crashes on Thursday.

According to Suffolk police, they responded to 15 weather-related vehicle crashes.

Other cities couldn’t confirm all were weather-related, however, Norfolk responded to 57 accidents, Chesapeake responded to 25 accidents and Virginia Beach responded to 25 accidents and seven disabled vehicles on Thursday.

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The winter storm also led to many school districts closing for Thursday. Accomack County and Elizabeth City-Pasquotank made decisions early Thursday morning to cancel schools.

Many schools have already announced closings and delays for Friday, Jan. 19.

Accumulations varied across the board, with areas like Northern Suffolk seeing around 4.5 inches of snow. Poquoson got an estimated 4 inches, while around 1.5 inches fell in the Deep Creek area of Chesapeake.

Temperatures are expected to rise to the lower 40’s for Thursday afternoon. Unlike the first winter storm of 2018, this rise in temperatures will help melt away the snow.

A warm-up to the 50-degree range for Friday should melt whatever snow or ice is left on the ground.

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