Prepare For The Winter Storm

The current National Weather Service (NWS) forecast for the winter storm has snow beginning in our area on Friday night, January 28th, with several inches of snow possible.  Governor Glenn Youngkin has declared a State of Emergency for the Commonwealth of Virginia and forecasts indicate that while this will be a statewide event, areas along the coastline will experience the largest impacts.  As the announcement states, heavy wet snow along with high winds are predicted to pose a threat for downed trees, electrical outages, and major impacts to travel.  To read the full text of the order, visit:  https://www.governor.virginia.gov/executive-actions/.

Please take steps to prepare to the best of your ability to ensure that you and your family remain as safe as possible.  Please prepare your emergency supply kits with all of your needed items and make sure that you include blankets, batteries, flashlights, and other important battery-operated items should you, unfortunately, lose power.  In advance of the storm, remember to fully charge all of your electronic devices and contact Dominion Energy immediately with all reports of outages and related matters via DominionEnergy.com or 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357).  

For Individuals Experiencing Homelessness

On Friday, January 28th, individuals who are currently experiencing homelessness and will need a place for refuge during the winter storm, should call the City of Portsmouth’s non-emergency dispatch telephone number at (757) 393-5300.  Public safety staff will provide transportation beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday evening.

Please Heed the Instructions of Emergency Management Officials

During winter storms, the Office of Emergency Management urges individuals to stay off of the roads and refrain from non-essential travel for your safety and for the safety of the Department of Public Works crews who are working to clear them.  Also, please note:  vehicles that are parked on the primary/main roads in the downtown area of Portsmouth and throughout the city can impede snow removal operations.  Drivers are strongly requested to remove vehicles from on-street parking spaces on main roads during winter weather events. To view the Snow Plow Map priority for streets, use this link http://www.portsmouthva.gov/snowplow.

Middle Street Garage and County Street Garage to Open on Friday at 5 p.m.

Beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, January 28th, the Middle Street Garage and the 1st and 2nd floors, only, of the County Street Garage will be OPEN and available at no charge for residents to relocate their vehicles during the winter storm.  No trailers are permitted. Vehicles may remain in the garages until Monday, January 31st, at 7 a.m., prior to 8 a.m. operating hours.  Please DO NOT park in spaces marked Reserved, and observe garage clearances: Middle Street 6’10” and County Street 7’.

Important Reminders …and… Stay Informed

Again, please use this time to get prepared.  Check your inclement weather emergency kits (home and car), check your generator space, gas, and needs, charge all of your electronic devices, etc.  PLEASE remember to use caution when operating portable generators and portable heaters and PLEASE ALWAYS be attentive when using them, fireplaces, and all external heating units and appliances.  For more preparedness information and resources, go to https://www.vaemergency.gov/threats/winter-weather/ or https://www.ready.gov/winter-weather.

The current NWS forecast is provided below, please continue to monitor it using the link Wakefield NWS.  Please stay informed and connected to the city’s social media pages, the website at www.portsmouthva.gov, and these emails for any updates.  Use the 5 Ways to Stay Informed from the flyer below, to know about City of Portsmouth weather-related announcements (for example: closings, trash collection changes, alerts for your neighborhood, etc.)  And, remember the important keys: Make a Kit, Make a Plan, Stay Informed

Current Detailed Forecast, as of 8:30 p.m.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 25. Calm wind.

Friday

A chance of rain after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 47. Calm wind becoming northeast 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Friday Night

Rain before 9pm, then rain and snow between 9pm and 11pm, then snow after 11pm. Low around 30. North wind 9 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Saturday

Snow likely, mainly before 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 33. Breezy, with a northwest wind 21 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 16. Blustery, with a northwest wind 11 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Sunday

Increasing clouds, with a high near 33.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 24.

Current NWS Forecast For Winter Storm

The National Weather Service (NWS) is currently predicting that a winter storm will begin to impact our area with snow beginning on Friday night.  The City of Portsmouth’s Office of Emergency Management and Department of Public Works are actively engaged and monitoring the track of the winter storm and the latest briefing of the NWS is provided below.  Please continue to monitor the weather forecast at Wakefield NWS and use this time to get ready, to get prepared.  As predictions and forecast models could change as we get closer to Friday, please remember to stay informed and connected for more information.  Visit: https://www.vaemergency.gov/threats/winter-weather/ or https://www.ready.gov/winter-weather for preparedness tips and resources.

Current Detailed Forecast

Tonight

Clear, with a low around 23. North wind 6 to 10 mph.

Thursday

Sunny, with a high near 41. Northeast wind 3 to 6 mph.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 26. Light and variable wind.

Friday

A chance of rain, mainly after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 46. Calm wind becoming northeast around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday Night

Rain before 9pm, then rain and snow between 9pm and 10pm, then snow after 10pm. The snow could be heavy at times. Low around 28. North wind 7 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

Saturday

Snow likely, mainly before 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 31. Blustery. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming clear, with a low around 15.

Sunday

Sunny, with a high near 33.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 22.

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