Snow day in Suffolk

Published 10:04 pm Friday, February 21, 2020

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Residents across Suffolk enjoyed the snowfall that fell Thursday and early Friday by building snowmen, sledding and engaging in all kinds of winter fun.

The National Weather Service Wakefield office posted snowfall reports Friday morning on, including reports of about 4 inches of snow in Suffolk.

Larry Brown, meteorologist with the NWS Wakefield office, said there was approximately three to four and a half inches of snow across most of the city. The snow lasted for about a 12-hour period from Thursday afternoon into Friday morning, based on information from Suffolk Executive Airport.

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Light rain began around 1:30 p.m. Thursday and turned to snow around 3 p.m., then lasted for about 12 hours. The snowfall varied between lighter and heavier amounts, and according to Brown, was “pretty close” to expectations.

A Hazardous Weather Outlook issued by the National Weather Service Friday morning warned of snow and ice buildup on area roadways, especially untreated, “secondary roadways,” which caused hazardous travel conditions through Friday morning.

Moving forward through the weekend, however, the forecast brightened.

On Friday afternoon, the NWS Wakefield office forecast for Suffolk — based on Suffolk Municipal Airport — projects a high temperature near 50 degrees on Saturday and a low of around 27 degrees Saturday night. The Sunday high will be near 57 degrees, with a low of around 34 degrees that night.