Williamsburg braces for winter storm warning, closings


Updated at 9:12 p.m. Wednesday:

The chance of overnight precipitation in Williamsburg sits at 90 percent as the National Weather Service expects snowfall to begin sometime after 7 p.m. The nightly low temperature is expected to hover around 23 degrees.

The organization anticipates the possibility of 3-7 inches through 10 a.m. Thursday, after which point skies are expected to gradually clear. The NWS predicts a mostly clear Thursday night with a low temperature near 10 degrees.

The sun is expected to shine over the weekend, but the most recent forecast anticipates temperatures won’t rise above 32 degrees until Monday, with a high of 48 degrees.

Closings, updated at 2:55 p.m. Wednesday:

Williamsburg James City County public schools will be closed for all students and staff on Thursday. Wednesday afternoon activities are also canceled. 

Walsingham Academy will be closed Thursday. All games and practices scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday are canceled.

Hampton Roads Sentara hospitals are operating with inclement weather procedures in place. The New Town Velocity Urgent Care Center is currently operating under normal hours, but tomorrow’s schedule will be determined by weather and driving conditions.

The College of William and Mary will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday and remain closed through Thursday.

Christopher Newport University will close at 10 p.m. Wednesday and remain closed through Thursday.

Williamsburg Area Transit Authority will not operate bus or trolley services Thursday due to inclement weather and will be closed.

The York County School Division announced plans for early dismissal Wednesday in preparation for potentially hazardous road conditions. All high schools except for York River Academy will dismiss at 1 p.m.; all middle schools and York River Academy dismiss at 1:45 p.m.; and all elementary schools let out at 2:30 p.m.

All Williamsburg Regional Library facilities will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Check wrl.org or call 259-4989 for emergency closing updates.

Colonial Williamsburg operations including historic area sites, the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center and ticketing locations, retail stores, the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and the John D. Rockefeller Library will be closed on Thursday.


The weather outside could soon be frightful as the Williamsburg area prepares for imminent snowfall. The National Weather Service is issuing a winter storm warning for the city scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday and run through 1 p.m. Thursday.

“It looks like snow will be developing this evening and continuing through tomorrow morning before diminishing,” said NWS meteorologist Mike Dutter.

Dutter said to expect winds as high as 30 mph Wednesday night. The forecast calls for 3-7 inches by the time the snow ceases Thursday.

“We’re expecting it to be very bad,” Dutter said, emphasizing the potential of perilous traveling conditions. “The snow combined with the winds will be very dangerous.”

The weather is expected to clear up by Thursday evening, although an overnight low temperature around 10 degrees and a wind chill value hitting -5 degrees offer no immediate hope of melting snow.

The NWS predicts temperatures will remain below freezing until Sunday, which has a high of 34 degrees. Monday could see temperatures reach 47 degrees.

“Any snow that’s on the roads, it’s probably gonna stay on the roads,” Dutter said.

Birkenmeyer can be reached by phone at 757-790-3029.

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