Temperatures to hover around freezing all week, National Weather Service says

The frigid weather is sticking around, Hampton Roads.

For the next week, temperatures will hover around freezing, and lows could drop as low as 18 degrees. Night skies will be cloudy through Monday night. With a high near 43 degrees, Saturday will be the warmest day of the week. That night, lows will dip to 21 and wind gusts could reach 24 mph.

The coldest air of the season will start around New Year’s Eve Sunday into Jan. 1, according to the National Weather Service in Wakefield. A hazardous weather outlook has been issued for the region, plus for northeast North Carolina, central Virginia, north central Virginia and south central Virginia.

“It’s not going to be pleasant. It’s going to be gusts close to 20 mph and the temperature at midnight will be near the 20s,” said Jeff Orrock, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wakefield, about New Year’s Eve.

Temperatures are lower than normal but aren’t breaking records, he said. The lowest recorded temperature for this time of year in the region is 12 degrees.

Some flurries were spotted coming off the Chesapeake Bay on Thursday afternoon, and there’s a chance of snow again next Wednesday, Orrock said.

"There's no warm-up any time in the foreseeable future. It'll continue to be cold with chance of snow mid-week, so we'll see how that plays out," he said.

How to keep your home and car safe

  • Keep natural gas appliances and vents clear of snow or ice.
  • Keep sidewalks and steps clear of ice and snow so service people can reach the meter in case of an emergency.
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors and batteries fresh, in case of carbon monoxide poisoning and hypothermia.
  • Don’t run portable generators or vehicles inside.
  • Check fluids, tires, exhaust, lights and bulbs and windshield wiper blades in your car.
  • Check your car battery for corrosion.
  • Get an emergency kit for the car with items like paper towels, blankets, water, a tool kit and flashlight.
  • Drip faucets to keep pipes from freezing.

Tips from AAA Tidewater and Dominion Energy.

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