Northam declares state of emergency; storm impact expected to be minimal on Peninsula

Gov. Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency before the brunt of a winter storm hits Virginia overnight Saturday.

That storm, originally forecast to potentially bring a couple inches of snow to the Williamsburg area, will likely now impact the more western and northern regions of the state.

Any snowfall that does fall overnight will mix with sleet, freezing rain or rain late and is likely to melt or simply wash away.

Northam’s declaration allows the state to deploy resources, equipment and people to assist in response and recovery efforts.

The Peninsula area’s biggest impact was likely a series of flurries Saturday afternoon.

Temperatures should stay at or above freezing overnight, keeping any wintry precipitation from freezing over.

Sunday will see a high of 39 with a 100 percent chance of rain, which might convert to snow or sleet into the evening. The low Sunday is 32.

Jane Hammond, 757-247-4951,, @byjanehammond

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