Fresh snow blankets Western Tidewater

Published 11:11 am Saturday, February 13, 2010

Western Tidewater residents woke to a fresh blanket of snow on Saturday.

At 10:30 a.m., light snow was falling in Franklin and there was about an inch-and-a-half of accumulation. Roads were clear. The forecast called for the snow to taper off around 11 a.m. Saturday’s high will be 39, a mark that will be reached at 3 p.m.

Meanwhile, river flood warnings remain in effect for portions of the Nottoway and Blackwater rivers.

The National Weather Service in Wakefield said this morning that the flood warning for the Nottoway would remain in effect until at least Sunday evening. A gauge on the Nottoway near Sebrell reported that the river was at 17.27 feet at 8:15 a.m. The forecast calls for the river to continue to fall, going below the 16-foot flood stage sometime on Sunday.

The Nottoway crested at 19.03 feet on Wednesday night.

Floodwaters on the Blackwater River also continue to recede. A river gauge near Franklin showed the river just above 12 feet Saturday morning, which is considered the flood stage. The NWS said the river flood warning for the Blackwater would expire Saturday night.