The snow that moved through Hampton Roads on Sunday didn't cause any major problems, but keep those mittens handy: Cold weather is here to stay through Tuesday.
Sunday morning began with rain, but changed over to a slushy mix with accumulations up to 2 inches. It also ushered in a new round of chilly weather that will keep temperatures no higher than the mid-30s for the next 48 hours, the National Weather Service said. At times, wind gusts will make it seem even colder.
The NWS office at Wakefield measured 1.8 inches of snow Sunday. Up to 1 inch was forecast, said meteorologist Mike Montefusco.
An Arctic cold front came in behind the storm that dropped temperatures into the 20s Sunday night. For Martin Luther King Jr. Day, highs were expected to be around 32 with winds gusting as high as 45 mph, the weather service said.
Although roads were clear, "there will be some slick spots in the morning," Montefusco said.
Monday night was expected to be clear but even colder, with lows around 18 degrees. Tuesday sounds like a repeat of Monday, with highs around 30 degrees.
The National Weather Service issued a "hazardous weather outlook" for this area on Monday morning to warn that icy conditions remain on the roads and that wind chill temperatures would drop into the single digits Monday evening and into early Tuesday morning.
The snow caused no major headaches for motorists on Sunday. Paula Miller, a spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Transportation, said crews were on standby in Accomack County and alert to the possibility of re-freezing as temperatures dropped.
VDOT will monitor the Peninsula and South Hampton Roads overnight and have crews on standby in case of re-freezing or the need to treat icy ramps, bridges or overpasses, she said.
Dominion Virginia Power reported no major outages Sunday.
Meanwhile, the taste of winter allowed some people to enjoy themselves.
Chris and Dave Poucher, who live in the Summer Lake neighborhood in Newport News, ventured out Sunday afternoon after the snow let up. They went for a walk at River View Farm Park, where people were sledding.
"It's really good to people are using the park," said Dave Poucher, who said he was happy to see snow in the area again. "It's a little early — we don't usually see this kind of snow until February — but welcome, especially on a long weekend."
Jamie Coleman, and her 6-year-old son Jacob took to the hill for some sledding.
She watched and laughed as he plunged down the hill time after time followed by another couple's sizable dog, which went by the name of Tiny.
"Whoever is the farthest wins," he said to his two new acquaintances, Evelyn, 6, and Sam, 9, and their dad Christopher Favreau, also of Newport News.
"It's fun, I think, for all of us," said Christopher Favreau, who took a turn down the hill on his son's round sled.
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