VDOT: Rain could freeze on roads Monday evening

Jimmy LaRoue
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Closings/Delays for Monday evening/Tuesday

  • Williamsburg-James City County Pubic Schools — closed Tuesday, 12-month employees report 2 hours late.
  • York County Public Schools — closed Tuesday, 12-month custodians and maintenance employees report at 8 a.m.
  • Quarterpath Recreation Center — closing 5 p.m. Monday, all youth and adult basketball, along with BarreFlow class canceled.
  • WATA — all bus stops open except at Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail (WATA says parking lot there hasn’t been plowed and buses have trouble accessing).
  • Thomas Nelson Community College — closed Monday and Tuesday.
  • York County School Board work session — rescheduled from Monday to a later date, TBD.
  • Little Creek Reservoir Park/Upper County Park (James City County) — remain closed due to broken water pipes in the restrooms. The Skate Park is closed due to too much ice and water. County to reevaluate all three facilities around 9 a.m. on Tuesday.
  • Williamsburg Montessori — open on time Tuesday


The Virginia Department of Transportation said roads in the Williamsburg area could refreeze Monday night even though temperatures are expected to stay above freezing.

VDOT said in a news release that pavement temperatures may not rise above freezing even though temperatures have reached 45 degrees at Williamsburg Jamestown Airport as of 12:55 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. That temperature is up from 19 degrees earlier Monday morning.

The National Weather Service calls for temperatures in the Williamsburg area to fall to 34 degrees with a 60 percent chance of rain expected between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m.

VDOT warned of slick patches Monday and through the evening commute as it says rain across much of Virginia could fall as freezing rain. Wet roads could refreeze, VDOT said, and it said slippery conditions could continue into Tuesday morning.

VDOT said it would prepare trucks and equipment, and crews will apply sand and salt as needed Monday.

Williamsburg-James City County and York County schools remained closed Monday and Tuesday, while Williamsburg Christian Academy opened two hours late Monday. Williamsburg Montessori also opened late Monday morning and on time Tuesday.

In a statement on its webpage, W-JCC Public Schools said that “while primary roads and many secondary roads are safe for bus travel, a significant number of neighborhood roads continue to be in poor condition. We are hopeful that higher temperatures and forecasted rain will significantly improve conditions for Wednesday.”

York County and Williamsburg-James City County courts opened Monday.

Over the weekend, Williamsburg Police reported just one weather-related accident in the city, according to police spokesman Maj. Greg Riley.

In York County, sheriff’s deputies responded to 11 accidents and 10 disabled cars, according to York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Shelley Ward. Four of those accidents were on Saturday, and seven on Sunday, and the sheriff’s office reported seven disabled cars Saturday and another three on Sunday, Ward said.

Virginia State Police responded to 56 accidents and 238 disabled and stuck cars in its Chesapeake Division — which includes the Williamsburg area — from midnight Saturday through midnight Sunday.

The National Weather Service forecasts high temperatures in the upper 40s Tuesday and Wednesday, highs in the 60s Thursday and Friday and highs in the upper 50s Saturday with a chance of showers Friday and Saturday.

This story will be updated.

LaRoue can be reached by phone at 757-345-2342, by email at jlarouejr@vagazette.com or on Twitter @jlaroue.

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