Historic Triangle may get 1 inch of snow Friday afternoon

The Historic Triangle may get an inch of snow on Friday afternoon.

Meteorologists say there is a 60 percent chance of snow after 2 p.m. on Friday. It is expected to dissipate after 8 p.m., although temperatures will remain in the low 30s throughout the day, said Wayne Albright, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wakefield.

Saturday will bring sunshine paired with bitter cold temperatures in the upper 20s and wind chills in the single digits and teens. The colder temperatures will last through Sunday, Albright said.

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.

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.

Adrienne Mayfield contributed to this report.

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

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