Up to 7 inches of new snow predicted for Peninsula tonight

Daily Press staff

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning covering all of South Central and Southeast Virginia. The warning will be in effect from 7 p.m. Wednesday through 1 p.m. Thursday. 

Updated forecast models Wednesday morning predict the Peninsula could get up to 7 inches new snow during the period the warning is in effect. 

Light flurries could start about 8 or 9 p.m. Wednesday and get heavier closer to midnight, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Proch.

“Right on the onset we might see some sprinkles or light rain mixed in,” Proch said.

Sunny skies and high temperatures in the 40s are in Wednesday’s forecast, but temperatures will drop into the 20s overnight.

More snow is likely during Thursday morning through noon. Proch said Thursday’s temperature is expected to peak in the low to mid 30s about midnight and remain in the low 30s throughout the day.

“There is a chance it could impact the morning rush hour commute,” Proch said.

The mercury is expected to drop to about 20 degrees overnight Thursday into early Friday morning.

Snow Tuesday

Tuesday brought the Peninsula more snow than initially predicted, making the evening commute difficult for many. 

Three inches of snow were recorded in Hampton Tuesday night, 2.5 in Poquoson and 1.5 in Smithfield, according to a document from the National Weather Service.

Virginia State Police troopers responded to 174 crashes - most only involving damaged vehicles - and 53 disabled vehicles in its Chesapeake region, which includes Hampton Roads, according to officials.

Officials in Newport News, Hampton, York and Gloucester said they had responded to various weather-related crashes or other mishaps, such as cars in ditches.

Staff writers Sarah Pawlowski and Andrea Castillo contributed to this story.



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