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Freezing temperatures, 1 to 2 inches of snow expected Friday

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The latest update from the National Weather Service is calling for 1 to 2 inches of snow for some parts of the Peninsula. 

Light snow started to fall on the Peninsula about 2 p.m. Snow is expected to taper off toward the end of the day or early Saturday morning.

Temperatures will remain below freezing and sunny through the weekend, with winds reaching as high as 30 miles per hour.

Previous update, 5:45 a.m.:

The Peninsula is expected to get about an inch of snow Friday, and bitter cold temperatures are expected during the weekend.

A National Weather Service winter weather advisory covering southeast Virginia will be in effect from 7 a.m. Friday through midnight Saturday. The advisory covers from the lower Peninsula to portions of interior northeast North Carolina.

Meteorologists expect light snowfall to start sometime late Friday morning, increasing through the day. Snowfall after 1 p.m. could be heavy at times, according to meteorologist Lyle Alexander. The snow is expected to dissipate after about 6 p.m., he said.

Temperatures will drop from the low 30s during the day Friday to the mid 20s Friday night. Any accumulation is expected to stick.

“Roads will become snow-covered and hazardous,” the advisory states. “Travel will be impacted.”

Motorists are urged to use caution while driving.

The Virginia Department of Transportation began pre-treating Hampton Roads interstates Thursday, officials said in a news release.

Following January's winter storm, VDOT restocked on supplies, including salt, abrasives and brine.

Drivers should watch their speed and allow for plenty of braking distance if conditions become hazardous, VDOT officials said.

Any accumulated snow likely won’t melt during the weekend, Alexander said. High temperatures Saturday and Sunday will only be in the high 20s to low 30s. Overnight lows will dip into the teens.

The bitter cold temperatures could be hazardous to your health and home. State health officials urge residents to dress appropriately for the weather and limit time outdoors.

“When exposed to cold temperatures, your body begins to lose heat faster than it can be produced, causing cold-weather health problems, such as frostbite and hypothermia,” State Health Commissioner Marissa J. Levine said in a news release. “Neither of these conditions should be taken lightly, and all Virginians should take the necessary steps to lower their risk of exposure.”

Residents should also take measures to prevent water pipes from freezing, a local plumbing and HVAC company advises. Atlantic Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning in Hampton suggests letting faucets drip. You can also leave your kitchen and bathroom cabinets open to keep warm air circulating to your plumbing.

Temperatures are expected to rise above freezing Monday, but there’s a 30 to 40 percent chance for a rain/snow mix. Any precipitation should start as snow and then turn to rain as temperatures rise Monday into Tuesday, Alexander said. It was too soon Thursday for meteorologists to know how that could impact the region.

“It’s a little hard to pinpoint how that’s going to work out right now,” he said.

Ketchum can be reached by phone at 757-247-7478; Black can be reached at 757-247-4607.

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