The Tidewater area saw a wintry mix of snow, rain and sleet over the weekend, resulting in about 2 inches of snow, according to National Weather Service in Wakefield.
All Tidewate-area school divisions — New Kent, King William, King and Queen and West Point — were closed Monday due to icy road conditions, and King and Queen and King William county schools were closed Tuesday.
West Point resident and mom of four Melissa Anderson said the wintry weather had trouble making up its mind.
“We had snow Saturday evening and got a little less than a half inch,” Anderson said. “The rain on Sunday morning washed a lot of the snow away, and Sunday evening brought some sleet and snowflakes.”
Anderson said the town had about a quarter inch of snow and ice on the ground Monday morning.
“The town’s Public Works were out early this morning clearing and treating the sidewalks, and we are grateful for their quick response,” Anderson said.
Anderson said she ventured out at about 10:30 a.m. Monday and the ice started melting on major roads and sidewalks at about 11 a.m., although secondary roads, sidewalks and parking lots were still slick, she said.
New Kent resident and owner of New Kent Gymnastics Center Carissa Baldwin said her husband Jason ventured out to check road conditions to decide if the center should hold classes Monday night.
“He said the road just has some patches of ice, so you have to be careful,” Baldwin said. “There’s about an inch or so on the ground.”
Police and safety
Virginia State Police and Virginia Department of Transportation urge drivers to delay driving and use caution until roads are cleared.
Over the weekend, Virginia State Police responded to 137 calls, 59 traffic crashes and 25 disabled vehicles in region one (including the Tidewater area) from 5 p.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday. They also responded to 89 traffic crashes and 21 disabled vehicles from noon to midnight Sunday, according to Virginia State Police.
New Kent County, King William County, King and Queen County, the Town of West Point offices and Bay Transportation services all opened late Monday.
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