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* Hampton City News

Posted on: January 20, 2022

[ARCHIVED] UPDATE: Roads in Hampton mostly clear, but use caution; trash collection is on


Jan. 21, 2022 - Hampton got less than an inch of snow on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service, and most of that melted when it hit warm, pretreated main city streets. A winter advisory is in effect, as the larger snowstorm is still predicted for today. 

It’s cold (20 degrees as of 6 a.m. with a wind chill at 16 degrees and winds at 21 mph at Langley Air Force Base’s weather station). And it's going to stay cold, with winds potentially increasing to 28 mph.

Hampton’s streets are mostly clear, according to Public Works teams who were out working overnight. Trash collection will start on time for Friday routes.

However, city offices and facilities are closed today, as city and state officials are discouraging people from being on the roads.

Drivers should use caution, as any pockets of water that remained in the roads on low spots is likely frozen.

Snow is expected to begin in the afternoon and become heavy overnight, and the National Weather Service is calling for 4-6 inches by Saturday morning. Local TV meteorologists vary in their predictions. Hampton is right on the line, with less snow expected in Newport News and west/north and more expected in Virginia Beach and places south/east.  


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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