Snow expected tonight

Published 3:52 pm Wednesday, January 27, 2021

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Two inches or less of snow is likely to fall on Suffolk overnight on Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

The city is under a winter weather advisory, according to the National Weather Service. The advisory remains in effect from midnight to 9 a.m. Thursday.

Wakefield meteorologist Ryan Rogers said snow totals in Suffolk would likely be “a little bit more than a dusting, but kind of in the half-inch range,” but it will vary throughout the city. The advisory warns of snow accumulations up to 2 inches, but places north of Route 58 will likely see less snow, while locales south of that, including into northeastern North Carolina, will see more.

  • Suffolk Public Schools will operate on a two-hour delay Thursday, the school division announced on Facebook. Virtual instruction will continue as normal. AlphaBEST childcare will have a delayed opening, which will begin at 9 a.m.
  • Nansemond-Suffolk Academy will be closed Thursday, and after-school activities and practices have been canceled, the school stated on Facebook.
  • Suffolk Christian Academy will operate on a two-hour delay. Carpool will run from 10 to 10:20 a.m. No morning care will be provided. Extended care after school will last to 6 p.m.
  • Suffolk city offices will be opening on a two-hour delay on Thursday, meaning they will open at 10:30 a.m. Many, however, remain closed to the public due to COVID-19.
  • Alpha personnel for the Suffolk Police Department, and others as directed by their supervisor, should report for duty as usual.
  • There will be no changes to the trash or recycling collection schedule for Thursday, nor to the Suffolk Transit operating schedule.
  • The North Suffolk Library and Morgan Memorial Library, as well as the East Suffolk Recreation Center, Whaleyville Recreation Center, and Suffolk Art Gallery will be opening at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday for any pre-scheduled events and activities, in addition to the Parks & Recreation KidsZone Camp at the King’s Fork Middle School Joint Use Facility.

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In anticipation of potential inclement weather, the Public Works Department began loading and brining operations at noon today. The city will be conducting these operations to give some coverage to bridges and elevated roadway surfaces. There will not be extensive use of brine for this event due to a period of rain preceding any potential snow. The city has 24 pieces of equipment, including snowplows and spreaders, ready for service and is fully stocked with sand and salt, according to a press release.

Drivers should exercise caution in their driving by driving alert and attentive, keeping their speed down, allowing a safe distance from the vehicle in front of them and avoiding sudden directional changes. Drivers should also leave a safe distance from Public Works vehicles to avoid being hit from material being spread on the road.

To report roadway issues, citizens can contact Public Works at 514-7600.