Winter weather advisory in effect through noon Tuesday

A winter weather advisory issued by the National Weather Service will remain in effect through noon Tuesday.

The advisory predicts Southeast Virginia could get up to an inch of snow, although meteorologists said areas from Richmond to the Peninsula and the Southside would likely get a half inch or less.

Light snow is expected to fall during the morning commute, and motorists are advised to travel with caution.

Temperatures are expected to rise above freezing and melt any accumulation later in the day.

The precipitation could turn to a rain/snow mix before tapering off, the advisory states.

Expect a high temperature of about 38 degrees and low of 26 overnight.

Previously

Early Monday, meteorologists were predicting that some areas, including the northern part of the Peninsula in York and James City counties near the New Kent County line, could get up to an inch and a half of snow.

However, earlier accumulation estimates were reduced, because temperatures were warmer Monday than expected.

“It’s going to be really hard for (snow) to accumulate,” said Bill Sammler, a meteorologist based in Wakefield.

Travel

While roadways should stay warm enough to melt much of the precipitation, Sammler said, motorists should still watch for slippery spots in the morning.

The precipitation is expected to stop falling by noon, and afternoon temperatures in the high 30s should dry the roads, he said.

AAA Tidewater recommends motorists be mindful of “invisible” black ice, be aware of traffic ahead, and use caution when traveling over elevated surfaces.

“Bridges and overpasses freeze first and melt last,” a news release states. “Use extra caution as the roadway leading up to the bridge may appear fine but the bridge itself could be a sheet of ice.”

The weather could impact those traveling the skies, too. Both Newport News/Williamsburg and Norfolk international airports are asking passengers planning to fly out of their airports to check with their respective carriers before venturing out.

A number of flights to Northeast destinations have been canceled as a result of a storm bringing heavy snow to the region.

Some major air carriers are even waving change fees — costs occurred when changing or canceling a flight, to avoid an onslaught of passenger delays for certain flights to major Northeast airport hubs.

Jessica A. Wharton, Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport spokeswoman, said airport officials are prepared to handle the winter weather. She said the airport, and their respective carriers, have the equipment on hand to defrost planes to help ensure on-time travel.

“It’s very important that people check in with their airline before coming to the airport,” Wharton said. “It’s important because their flight could be canceled if they’re headed Northeast.”

Charlie Braden, Norfolk International Airport director of market development, said 15 flights from Norfolk to a number of Northeast destinations had been canceled by Monday afternoon. He said airport officials have staff on standby to make sure runways do not ice over.

“At this point, we’re not anticipating any ice,” Braden said. “But we do have staff that will check the runway conditions.”

Looking ahead

Wednesday’s forecast calls for dry and sunny weather with high temperatures near 40 degrees.

Thursday will be slightly warmer, and there’s a chance for precipitation Thursday night.

Overnight temperatures should stay above freezing, and snow is not expected.

“That looks to be rain,” Sammler said.

Staff writers J. Elias O’Neal, Andrea Castillo and Ali Rockett contributed to this report. Pawlowski can be reached by phone at 757-247-7478.

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