We just concluded another call with VDEM and NWS. Our area remains under a Winter Storm WATCH and forecasts differ significantly depending on which models are being considered. Currently, we’re looking at rain tomorrow afternoon/evening with the transition to snow between 9 pm and midnight. Snow is expected to fall throughout Friday night until tapering off around the noon hour Saturday. Expected snowfall based on the conflicting models is currently 2-3” with 9-10” is possible (see snow probabilities); however, they should have a much better idea come morning. In the meantime, the current planning assumption should be 4-6” of wet, heavy snow. Again, that type of snow plus freezing temps start around midnight Friday night until around Sunday afternoon. Additionally, we could see wind gusts upward of 40mph increasing the threat of downed limbs and power lines. Coastal flooding is still possible Saturday morning which may prompt the closure of the pedestrian gate at the bow of the Wisconsin.
Life Safety: CSB staff, in partnership with Senior Services, deployed early this morning in search of anyone in the city who is unsheltered. There are no issues or resource needs at this time.
Infrastructure: Crews continue to prepare for whatever may come.
We will stand by for tomorrow’s NWS briefing update. The next VDEM / NWS call is scheduled for 1 pm followed by a Policy Group call.
Jim Redick, Director
Norfolk Emergency Preparedness and Response