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National Weather Service: "Crippling" snowstorm will hit Hampton Roads

Friday afternoon update: 

Southern portions of Hampton Roads, including the cities of Hampton, Poquoson, Norfolk and Virginia Beach are under a blizzard warning until 10 p.m. Saturday. 

Strong winds and snowfall may combine to create whiteout conditions during the storm's peak on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service

The service's latest update still places the Historic Triangle in a position to receive 6-8 inches of snow while further south could get 8-12 inches. 

Light snow is expected to begin falling across the region Friday night and pick up in intensity throughout the evening. Areas near the Chesapeake Bay and ocean could experience wind gusts near 30-40 mph, according to the weather service. Inland areas are not expected to be as windy. 

Friday morning update: 

The National Weather Service is now predicting 6-8 inches of snow will fall on the Williamsburg area beginning late Friday into Saturday. 

The snow is expected to hamper travel throughout coastal Virginia through the weekend. 

And temperatures will remain in the 20s and 30s through Sunday, leaving little chance for the snow to melt before the workweek returns Monday. Temperatures will slowly tick back up into the 40s and 50s by midweek - welcome to Virginia!

Beginning Friday evening, forecasters believe heavier snowfall totals will fall further south into Hampton Roads and the North Carolina border as a front pushes northward. Impacts from the storm will begin to be felt in the Historic Triangle before midnight although the storm will have its greatest presence Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service. 

The Richmond metro area is expected to see closer to 4-6 inches, according to the weather service. 

Coupled with the snow and cold temperatures and strong winds that are expected to cost at 30-35 mph, causing near-blizzard conditions during the height of the storm, according to the weather service. Spotty power outages are possible. 

Previous: 

Areas across Hampton Roads could receive more than eight inches of snow, The National Weather Service reports.

Heaviest accumulations are expected in the Hampton Roads region, which will make for hazardous driving conditions, VDOT said in a news release. 

Light snow is expected to fall across the state tonight, with a second storm expected to bring heavy snowfall for central and southeastern Virginia late Friday and Saturday morning.

VDOT crews in the region started treating roads today with salt and other materials to prepare for the storms, VDOT said.

Previously:

The National Weather Service placed Williamsburg, James City and York counties under a Winter Storm Watch heading into this weekend, according to a release.

From Friday evening to Saturday evening, the weather service said the area could see "moderate to heavy" amounts of snow, at least three inches. 

"Snow is expected to begin between 7 p.m. and midnight Friday evening," the weather service said.

Travel and road visibility could both be affected the snow. The snowfall should continue into Saturday afternoon and should end in the evening.

Wright can be reached at 757-345-2343.

 

 

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