NWS: Icy mix expected from King and Queen to Williamsburg

Staff writer

UPDATE: Feb. 20 9:30 a.m.: Colonial Williamsburg's historic area, art museums, retail stores, visitor center and office buildings will open at noon Wednesday.

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Snow, sleet and freezing rain is in the forecast Tuesday night into Wednesday.

The National Weather Service has called for the icy mix across Virginia, however, Hampton Roads will be less impacted by the winter storm than areas north and west of Richmond.

From West Point south less than an inch of snow is expected to accumulate, according to the forecasts.

The National Weather Service initially called for as much as one to two inches of snow from West Point north. Williamsburg should still see less than an inch of snow accumulation and temperatures are expected to remain above freezing throughout the storm.

The wintry mix will turn to rain by Wednesday afternoon, the forecast said.

The Virginia Department of Transportation has warned motorists to be ready for a wide range of winter weather.

Drivers should stay off the roads during the storm as it can hamper cleanup efforts and can lead to accidents, according to a VDOT news release.

VDOT crews are pretreating roadways and coordinating the removal of roadside trees to stymie power outages and blocked roads, the release said.

After the storm, Williamsburg will see dreary weather through Saturday with days of rain and mild temperatures, according to the National Weather Service.

Driving in poor weather conditions safety tips

  • Slow down, but don’t drive so slowly that you endanger other drivers.
  • If you feel your tires slipping, ease off the gas pedal but don’t hit the brakes. Sudden changes in momentum can make it more difficult for you to be able to stop the vehicle.
  • Pack a winter survival kit in your car — sand to put under your tires for extra grip, water and a snack, a cloth to dry foggy windows, a flashlight, jumper cables and a tow rope if you have one.
  • Wear warm clothes — you might be comfortable inside your car while it’s on, but if you crash you might not be able to rely on your car’s heater.

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

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