Western Tidewater blanketed in at least five inches of snow

Published 4:11 pm Thursday, January 4, 2018

All of Western Tidewater was blanketed in at least five inches of snow overnight Wednesday and continuing through Thursday morning. As of 10:15 a.m. snow was still falling hard in most parts of Isle of Wight County, totaling from five to six inches as of that time, and the Carrsville area seeing closer to seven inches.

National Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Orrock said there was also a seven to nine-inch band of snowfall affecting some of the western parts of Isle of Wight and extending up toward Prince George County.

Snow finally stopped falling between 1 and 2 p.m. Thursday, leaving Isle of Wight County with between five to seven inches of total snowfall. Southampton County received seven to 11 inches and the city of Franklin received between seven to eight inches.

The Tidewater News contacted the NWS Wakefield station again around 2 p.m. for an updated weekend forecast. Meteorologist Mike Rusnak said that no additional snowfall is predicted for the Western Tidewater area, and that skies should clear up by tonight. However, the next few days will be bitterly cold, with temperatures dropping to single digits overnight.

“Temperatures won’t get above freezing until Monday afternoon,” he said. “So it’s not going to melt.”

A high of 26ºF is forecast for Friday, with a low of 3ºF Friday evening. Wind chill values for Friday are predicted to be as low as -4ºF during the day and -7ºF at night.

Saturday is expected to have a high of 22ºF and a low of 1ºF that evening. Sunday will likely have a high of 31ºF and a low of 20ºF. Monday’s high is forecast to be around 50ºF and there is currently a 30 percent chance of rain predicted.