Tidewater wakes up to varying amounts of snowfall Friday


(WAVY) — Snow fell in much of Hampton Roads and eastern North Carolina Thursday afternoon, leaving anywhere from a dusting and slush to around 4 inches in spots.

Most of the accumulation was in northeast North Carolina and areas of Virginia near the North Carolina such as Suffolk.

Though snow didn’t accumulate much farther north on the Southside, northern areas of the WAVY viewing area saw a good amount of snow. Barry in Gloucester reported 3 inches and Ian at Wallops Island on the Eastern Shore reported between 2 to 3 inches.

Suffolk officials say residents reported anywhere from little to no snow to around 4 inches. WAVY’s Kayla Gaskins measured about 4 inches in one area of the city. Officials said primary roadways were “for the most part clear,” as of 8:30 a.m., but secondary roads had some slush or snow but were drivable.”

There was a fatal accident in Suffolk on Friday morning. Police said a man died at the hospital after crashing on Manning Road, off Route 58.

How did Jeremy Wheeler’s Thursday forecast turn out? He says predictions for the Southside were close to what we saw, but he undersold snow amounts in more northern sections of the viewing area.

Here are some winter driving tips from VDOT:

  • Watch local forecasts and conditions before traveling.
  • No matter the forecast, if there is ice or snow on the road, travel is hazardous.
  • Give crews time to treat roads.
  • If traveling during adverse weather conditions:
    • Allow plenty of time to reach your destination
    • Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind the vehicle ahead of you
    • Brake very lightly to keep your tires from slipping on pavement
    • Do not pass snow plows

City-by-city coverage from Thursday night below


Chesapeake Public Schools will be closed for all students Friday due to weather. All administrators and 12-month employees should report on a two-hour delay.

For the safety of toll facility employees, tolls are suspended on the Chesapeake Expressway from 7 p.m. Thursday to 10 a.m. Friday. Tolls at the Dominion Blvd Veterans Bridge will not be suspended, the city said.

In Chesapeake, the city has decided to open all city offices, courts, community centers and libraries at 10 a.m. Friday.

Trash and recycling collection crews will start collecting later in the day on Friday, meaning collection may continue into Saturday. Residents should leave their cans out until the trash and recycling has been taken.

The city also warns people to be careful on the roads, leave space between the car ahead, and don’t pass snow plows.


Hampton city offices and facilities will be delayed in opening until 9 a.m.

Newport News

Crews with public works in Newport News pre-treated roads Wednesday and Thursday.

“As for equipment: we have 3 brine units, 25 plows, 9 spreaders. Our supplies include: 5,965 gallons of brine, 2,024 tons of salt, 767 tons of sand,” the city posted on Twitter.

All branches of the Newport News Public Library were scheduled to close at 6 p.m. Thursday.


Norfolk libraries and recreation centers were scheduled to close at 6 p.m.

Trash and recycling collection will be as scheduled on Friday. For updates, monitor Norfolk.gov and City of Norfolk Facebook and Twitter pages.

All city offices will be open at 10 a.m. Friday for business.


Portsmouth City Schools will open on a two-hour delay Friday.

There are no half-day classes for preschoolers on two-hour delay days.


A steady rain turned into snow and remained snow flurries beginning about 3 p.m. in Suffolk. Thursday afternoon. The snow accumulated on grassy areas but did not stick to paved surfaces.

All city offices and facilities will open with a two=hour delay at 10:30 a.m. Friday. The Mills E. Godwin, Jr. Courts Building will be closed on Friday.

Suffolk transit is scheduled to remain operational under the regular schedule until 6:30 p.m.

Friday’s refuse pickup is on schedule.

Suffolk Public Schools has canceled all evening events and activities. After-school care and programs, including athletic practices at Suffolk Parks & Recreation Joint Use Facilities, will also be canceled.

Public Works crews began brining Wednesday, and by Thursday at 9 AM had applied more than 7,000 gallons to major roadways, bridges and overpasses.

Remember to stay back and avoid passing snow plows and brining vehicles.

To report roadway issues, citizens can contact Public Works at 757-514-7600.

For Emergency Public Utilities Services (broken water pipes, etc.), call 757-514-7000.

Virginia Beach

“We’re ready to roll we’re just kind of tweaking things this afternoon,” said Virginia Beach Public Works spokesman Drew Lankford.

Lankford says road crews have been working tirelessly ahead of tonight’s storm.

He says they got all of their equipment converted yesterday — things like getting blades attached to plows.

“We’ve got the crews lined up. We started at 6 p.m. We’ll go to 12 hours shifts for at least the next 36 hours. Depending on what the snow does we’ll make adjustments,” said Lankford.

He says his main concern is the rain that’s coming and freezing temperatures that could create black ice.

They’ve pre-treated the busy roads and will continue to do so with their salt and sand mixture.

He’s encouraging drivers to stay off the road tonight, but if you have to drive keep a distance from the plows.

“Particularly bridges and overpasses are going to freeze up pretty quick. It really makes it easier to treat the roads the less traffic we have, and if you have to be out there try to give these guys plenty of room. They can’t see everyone around them or coming up behind them,” Lankford said.

Virginia Beach public libraries, EMT classes, parks and recreation activities, the aquarium and VB Strong Center are all closed either Thursday night or Friday. Updates can be found on the city website.

Waste management collections have not changed yet. The Virginia Beach Landfill and Resource Recovery Center may close due to weather conditions. Residents can call (757) 385-1980 for Landfill closure information.

Check for updates posted on VBgov.com/News.

Virginia Beach City Public Schools will open on a two-hour delay Friday.


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