Suffolk Department of Public Works employees George Holland and Barry Freeman put their backs into it Thursday digging out the corner of Main and East Washington streets.
Suffolk Department of Public Works employees George Holland and Barry Freeman put their backs into it Thursday digging out the corner of Main and East Washington streets.

Digging out

Published 10:06pm Thursday, January 30, 2014

Sunshine and a high temperature just above freezing on Thursday helped Suffolk residents start to dig out from under the six to 10 inches of snow dumped on the city.

Folks found the icier snow more conducive to snow sculpting, judging by the number of reader-submitted photos of snowmen and sculptures sent to the News-Herald on Thursday.

The snow on the ground contributed to the bone-chilling low. Thursday morning’s low for Norfolk, 6, broke the previous record of 10 set in 1934.

More cold weather was expected overnight as the temperature dropped to around 24. The snow should begin melting in earnest on Friday, though, as the high is expected to be 44 today. Highs of 58 Saturday and 63 Sunday should rid the area of the remaining snow.

Temperatures next week, at least through Wednesday, will be a welcome relief after recent weather. Monday’s high is set to be 46, with a high of 52 on Tuesday and 61 on Wednesday. However, more snow could hit the area on Friday.

Though the temperature has risen, local schools aren’t taking any chances. Suffolk Public Schools, Nansemond-Suffolk Academy and Suffolk Christian Academy all are closed Friday.

Suffolk Public Schools canceled its Career and College Readiness Fair at King’s Fork Middle School that had been set for Saturday.

Nansemond-Suffolk Academy’s before- and after-school care, games, clubs, dances, spaghetti dinner and other activities are canceled. The Art Show and Sale will open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

City of Suffolk offices, including Suffolk Circuit Court and Suffolk Transit, will operate on a two-hour delay Friday.

Wednesday’s trash and recycling routes will be picked up Friday, with Thursday’s on Saturday and Friday’s on Monday.

To submit your snow photos for publication in our Facebook gallery and possible publication in the newspaper, email news@suffolknewsherald.com.

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