Weather reports are predicting substantial snowfall for Hampton Roads tonight and into tomorrow. Predictions vary and can always be wrong; however, the models all say we’re getting something significant, with ranges from 5” – 10” overnight.
In conditions like these, your first course of action should be to stay off the roads. If you have to drive somewhere once the snow starts accumulating, we suggest taking some precautions to help keep you as safe (and warm) as possible. Not only do wintery road conditions make driving more dangerous, the extreme temperatures can become an issue if you are stranded.
Here are some useful items to have on hand.
- Ice scraper
- Basic tool kit
- Jumper cables
- Cell phone with a full charge
- Bag of cat litter (this can help provide traction on an icy surface)
It’s safe to assume that most Virginians aren’t very comfortable or experienced driving in wintery conditions. In 2015 there were over 4,000 car accidents due to snow or ice, and 12 of those were fatal. Please use extreme caution when driving. Increase your following distance, accelerate and brake slowly, and watch out frozen bridges or overpasses.
Stay warm and safe!