A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the Peninsula, Southside, North Carolina, and Northampton County along the Eastern Shore until early Wednesday morning.
What does this mean? Well we are watching an area of low pressure offshore that is throwing some moisture our way. With temperatures hovering around 32°, this precipitation will fall as light rain, sleet and freezing rain. We could see a light accumulation of ice on bridges and overpasses. We don’t think it will be a BIG problem because the precipitation should be very light in isolated areas. But I have already received reports of freezing rain in Virginia Beach and Currituck where the rain is freezing on decks and outdoor banisters. So keep an eye out for icy spots tonight if driving or walking. The light wintry mix should continue for the next few hours, but will be very scattered across the region. The raindrops froze on Tower Cam 10 too! Check it out!
A lot of folks are wondering about the road conditions overnight and tomorrow morning. VDOT and NCDOT did an excellent job clearing many roads across the region last night. The little bit of sunshine we saw this morning did help with the melting process too. Keep in mind that areas blocked by the sun probably did not see much melting since temperatures stayed around 32° this afternoon.
Plus any water or slush will re-freeze again overnight as temperatures drop into the upper 20s and lower 30s. Puddles are usually easier to see when driving, so you will likely see the frozen water or the icy slush and have enough time to avoid it. If the asphalt looks like it is just wet, assume it is black ice. Main roads and highways have been treated, so there may be a few slick spots close to curb or close to the divider, but most should be just fine. It is the secondary roads that will likely have slick spots tomorrow morning since they have not been treated. Best advice is to slow down and allow for extra travel time to get where you need to go, so you are not in a rush. Be careful on the roads everyone!
The snow/ice melt should continue tomorrow with highs in the lower 40s. Never have I been so excited for the 40s!
-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona