Schools announce closures ahead of Wednesday snowstorm

jojacobs@vagazette.com

Tuesday evening update:

Several Williamsburg-area schools have closed ahead of a winter storm that is expected to dump 1-2 inches of snow on the Peninsula Wednesday morning.

Closed are:

  • Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools
  • York County Public Schools
  • Walsingham Academy

“These conditions are expected to continue throughout the day tomorrow, impacting both student arrival and dismissal times. Given the forecast models and the 3-hour time frame needed to safely transport all students home from school ...” wrote York schools officials Tuesday evening.

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Just as the last snowstorm’s remnants melt away, more snow is expected Wednesday.

Up to 3 inches of snow is expected to fall in the Williamsburg area Wednesday, with the chance of precipitation increasing as the day wears on, National Weather Service Wakefield meteorologist Matt Scalora said Tuesday afternoon.

There’s a slight chance of snow after 2 a.m. Wednesday. Snow is expected to come mainly after 11 a.m. Wednesday, when the chance of precipitation is 70 percent, according to the National Weather Service.

Snow remains a possibility into Wednesday night, when the low temperature will be around 17 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

A winter weather advisory in effect from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday for Williamsburg, James City and York counties warns of the potential for slippery roads during the evening commute.

Virginia Department of Transportation crews were out on the streets Tuesday to mitigate the weather’s effects on roadways.

VDOT pre-treated primary roads, major secondary roads and the interstate in the Williamsburg area in preparation for the snow, spokeswoman Brittany McBride said.

“We’re all stocked up and ready to go again,” McBride said Tuesday.

Come Thursday, the forecast is expected to be sunny with a high around 41 degrees, though the low is expected to hover around 25 degrees. Temperatures through the following days will gradually rise to a high near 56 degrees Saturday.

Wednesday’s forecast comes in the wake of a snowstorm that dropped about 7 inches of snow in the region two weeks ago. That snow lingered for days thanks to low temperatures; it cost Williamsburg and James City more than $100,000 to clean up, officials said.

Jacobs can be reached by phone at 757-298-6007.

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