UPDATE: Around 10:10 a.m. the tornado watch was reduced to a severe thunderstorm warning.
DARE COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) — High winds and snow are affecting parts of Hampton Roads and northeast North Carolina Saturday.
The National Weather Service issued the tornado watch for Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach around 7:35 a.m. Saturday. Hours later, the tornado watch was reduced to a severe thunderstorm warning.
Officials from VDOT warn motorists to remain vigilant about snow, high winds, and low temperatures affecting most of Virginia.
High winds are also making travel dangerous in affected areas, creating hazardous driving conditions, especially for taller vehicles.
Winds can be particularly impactful on mountain inclines, wide-open highway segments and high-rise bridges.
Around 2:45 p.m., The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel reported operating with Level 5 wind restrictions with winds in excess of 65 mph. If it rises to level 6, the bridge will close completely.
The only types of vehicles allowed to cross the bridge on level 5 are cars without exterior cargo with a maximum safe speed of 45 mph.
Minutes later, officials from CBBT tweeted closed.
Sub-freezing temperatures are expected Saturday evening which will make standing water on travel lanes susceptible to refreeze.
Dare County Emergency Management officials tweeted about the tornado watch around 7:40 a.m.
Minutes later officials from Pasquotank-Camden Emergency Management also posted a post on social media regarding the tornado watch which was expected to go into effect for all affected areas until 1 p.m.
The tornado watch was canceled hours later.
In the Outer Banks, high winds have forced the suspension of ferry routes to and from Ocracoke Saturday. This includes Hatteras-Ocracoke, Ocracoke-Cedar Island & Ocracoke-Swan Quarter. Officials from NCDOT Ferry Division say ferry staff will assess weather and reopen routes when it’s safe to do so.
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