Tidewater area got more snow than it bargained for

UPDATE: Wednesday, Dec. 12, 9:30 a.m.: King and Queen, King William and New Kent schools are closed today. West Point schools are open.

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The Tidewater area got more than the forecast dusting of snow Sunday.

The area originally expected to get 1-2 inches and instead got 8-12 inches over the course of Sunday, according to the National Weather Service office in Wakefield.

Schools, local government offices and many businesses were closed on Monday as the area’s roads were cleared and homes had their power restored.

King William, King and Queen and New Kent schools were closed again Tuesday as VDOT continued to clear secondary roads. West Point schools opened Tuesday with a two-hour delay.

King and Queen County Public Schools will have a two-hour delay on Wednesday.

Virginia State Police said Area 3 (including King William/West Point, King and Queen and New Kent) responded to 35 traffic crashes (primarily property damage only), 24 disabled vehicles and seven calls for help with debris.

Route 33 in New Kent and West Point and Main Street in West Point were clear of snow Tuesday morning, although a few patches of ice remained.

Around 330 homes and businesses were still without power as of 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to Dominion Power outage reports.

New Kent County had the most power outages with 328, King William (including West Point) had none and King and Queen had seven. New Kent has an estimated power restoration time of 3 p.m. Tuesday, King and Queen’s estimated time is 11 p.m. Tuesday.

West Point resident Teresa Alexander said she prepared for the snowstorm by buying groceries and cutting wood for her fireplace.

“I live behind the West Point Country Club on Dogwood Avenue,” Alexander said. “We did not lose power but it did flick a few times throughout the day Sunday. The snow plow came through around 11 p.m. Sunday night and (roads) were fairly clear on Monday.”

Fellow West Point resident Cindy Sandelin said she was surprised at the amount of snow, as it originally called for up to 2 inches.

“Thankfully we did not lose power or get any damage to our home,” Sandelin said. “Although we did have to repair some lead branches on four of our Sweet Bay Magnolia trees that snapped under the weight of the snow and ice.”

Sandelin said she was able to venture out and run a few errands during the day Monday.

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