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* Hampton City News

Posted on: January 20, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Winter storms expected to create hazardous conditions; city to close facilities Friday

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Jan. 20, 2022 - Two storms are preparing to dump as much as 6 inches of snow on Hampton Roads, and wet roads are expected to freeze overnight. City offices and other buildings, including libraries and community centers, will remain closed. Hampton is under a winter weather advisory today, followed by a winter storm warning from Friday morning until Saturday morning.

Rain is expected to shift to snow late this afternoon or early this evening, The National Weather Service station in Wakefield said, with a potential 1-2 inches of snow this evening and overnight. Temperatures are expected to fall below freezing overnight and could cause melted snow to refreeze on roads.

The second storm is expected to hit Friday and Saturday, creating accumulations of 4-6 inches. However, temperatures are expected to remain below freezing, which would limit snow melting. 

Gov. Glenn Youngkins has declared a state of emergency, and the Virginia Department of Transportation is advising residents to stay off the roads as much as possible once the snow starts and the temperatures drop. 

The Public Works Department has crews working on the bridges and streets throughout the storm, focusing on the busier roads and intersections. Click here to see a map of the snow plow routes. Plans are in place to open shelters if they become necessary. 

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