Light snowfall coming Wednesday

Published 1:44 pm Tuesday, January 16, 2018

More snow will be falling in the Suffolk area beginning Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

“We are looking at low pressure coming in our direction,” Mike Montefusco, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said on Tuesday morning. “We will continue to move across the northeast with the cold front tonight.”

With the low pressure, temperatures were expected to drop sharply into the upper 20s Tuesday night as the snow moved through. The temperatures will continue to drop into the 20s and into the teens Wednesday night, Montefusco said.

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Most areas will see an average of 1 to 2 inches of snowfall, but further inland toward Suffolk, it is more likely to see up to 3 inches of snow.

“We are looking for precipitation to start just after midnight tonight,” Montefusco said Tuesday. “By the time it gets into the Tidewater area it’ll be just a little bit before sunrise, and that will continue into the afternoon hours before tapering off tomorrow night,” Montefusco said.

The snow will head out of the area by Wednesday night with a clear Thursday coming, but any untreated roads could still be dangerous to travelers on the morning commute.

“Untreated roadways will be slippery and ice-covered,” Montefusco said. “The roads will be treacherous is left untreated.”

Suffolk Public Schools closed schools for Wednesday, and the city canceled its before- and after-school programs as well as athletic practices at Parks and Recreation join use sites.

Nansemond-Suffolk Academy and Suffolk Christian Academy also announced they would be closed Wednesday.