NWS: Arctic front expected to descend on Williamsburg Sunday

Staff Writer

No snow, no ice, just bitter cold as Williamsburg heads into the weekend. The National Weather Service is confident Greater Williamsburg will see strong wind gusts and harsh cold beginning Sunday.

The National Weather Service projects temperatures in Williamsburg will fall as low as 19 degrees Fahrenheit Sunday, with wind gusts of 30 mph or higher. Temperatures will feel even colder outside as wind chill factors make it feel close to 4 degrees.

“It’s going to start out fairly warm as far as the weekend is concerned,” National Weather Service at Wakefield meteorologist-in-charge Jeff Orrock said Thursday afternoon. “Sunday afternoon is where things will really change. Two cold fronts will descend on us Sunday afternoon.”

Orrock said at about sunset Sunday, Williamsburg will see the brunt of an arctic front after another cold front leaves the area.

“There's going to be a good amount of rain; everything's going to get wet and you know it's going to be windy and cold,” Orrock said.

It is expected to stop raining in Williamsburg on Sunday morning, but if the roads don’t dry, it could mean black ice, according to the National Weather Service.

“The moisture on the roads is going to be trying to evaporate, but if it gets too cold too quickly, the roads and the bridges could glaze into ice.”

By Tuesday afternoon things should warm, but then there’s an increasing risk the next weekend will cool again, Orrock said.

“It’s going to be a rollercoaster ride,” Orrock said.

National Weather Service employees have worked without pay during the partial federal government shutdown, Orrock confirmed. “We’re all excepted employees. Everybody’s working here every day.”

The service has continued to maintain key weather stations at airports to prevent runway snarls. The service continues to provide important weather information.

“We’re not appropriated for any funding for any of this,” Orrock said. “Folks are just continuing to focus on providing these services.”

The City of Williamsburg sent out a news release to residents on social media reminding them to take precautions to prevent frozen pipes.

Disconnect garden hoses from spigots, drain spigots and exposed outdoor pipes to prevent cracking, the release said. In places where a pipe or faucet cannot be drained keep the faucet slightly running. Close the vents in your crawl space.

For water emergencies contact your water service authority.

In Williamsburg call 757-220-6140 during regular business hours or 757-220-2331 outside of regular hours.

In James City County, call the James City Service Authority at 757-229-7421 during regular business hours or 757-566-0112 outside of regular hours. JCSA allows homeowners to shut off water valves at their homes, according to their website.

In York and parts of James City County, call Newport News Waterworks at 757-926-1000 during regular business hours or 757-234-4800 outside of regular hours.

If you’re uncertain who provides your water service, check your water bill.

Roberts can be reached at 757-604-1329, by email at srobertsjr@vagazette.com and on Twitter @SPRobertsJr.

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