NWS: Tuesday's rain to turn to snow, ice possible, bitter cold into Thursday

Staff writer

Less than an inch of snow could accumulate in Williamsburg Tuesday night.

The National Weather Service forecasts a thin coating of snow over the Williamsburg area as a rainstorm will shift to snow around 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Temperatures across the region are expected to drop into the teens and 20s, which means some roads may still be slippery on Wednesday morning, according to a National Weather Service news release. Temperatures are then expected to remain frigid through Thursday with strong winds making it feel even colder.

Municipal governments have sent out news releases in recent weeks to residents on social media reminding them to take precautions to prevent frozen pipes and to take care with space heaters.

Prevent frozen pipes

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

Space heater safety

For residents who seek to keep their homes warm with space heaters, special care should be taken to prevent a fire.

Only purchase heaters with a seal of approval from a qualified testing lab, keep the heater at least three feet away from combustible material and only place it on a solid surface, never block an exit with a space heater and only plug the heater directly into a grounded wall outlet.

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

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