Dear folks and friends: We, in Hampton Roads, are expecting snowy moments anytime now, as I write this post and at the same time watching/listening to TV news broadcast on Channel 13 News Now, an ABC local affiliate. In fact there's flurry falling a few minutes ago. In our today's local city newspaper, Suffolk News-Herald, the headline reads, in bold letters: MORE SNOW COMING. Staff writer Matthew A. Ward writes, "Suffolk could experience "near-blizzard" conditions Tuesday and into Wednesday with snow accumulations possibly exceeding eight inches, city spokeswoman Diana Klink has warned."
There were schools that closed early today, at noontime. (However, my wife's school, in the Peninsula, didn't have early class dismissal. They just had a regular school day today.) More school, college, and university closings Wednesday have been announced or posted at the bottom of TV screen. Even public/government offices and courts will have closings or closures tomorrow. On the other hand, only essential personnel are to report tomorrow to specific military installations, like Naval Station Norfolk, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, etc.
Meanwhile, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) emergency crews have already pre-treated roads and freeways with brine solution (salt). State patrols, and local police, are mobilized, ready to serve and assist for any kind of situation, especially emergency and security. As I continue writing this post, snow is falling in our area. Accumulations of snow are already evident in some areas. Panic-buying (of groceries, essential consumer items) is anticipated, too, in grocery stores, Commissary, etc. Government officials have been reminding us to stay off the roads/freeways, and to stay home/indoor, if possible, unless we have to.
Btw, the governor of North Carolina has already declared a state of emergency in his state, per media reports. As far as our state is concerned, we haven't heard from our new governor (of Virginia), Terry McAuliffe, about the same declaration, although he was interviewed via phone by one of the TV anchorwomen of 13 News Now. He said, "we're not declaring a state of emergency in our area." We'll wait and see how it goes, he added. He just cautioned or warned us, residents, that if it's not necessary to go out to just stay home, to stay off the roads. Our area is in a winter storm warning, per local meteorologists.
Man, it's bitterly cold outside! Temperature has been way below freezing! I was in the hospital this morning for my immunization (flu or influenza shot and tetanus-pertussis vaccine, on my left arm, and shingles vaccine on my right arm) and lab work. Ouch! Now that I'm at home, I can feel the soreness in both my arms. So far, traffic conditions are going smoothly. Before I forget, starting February 1st, drivers/motorists will be paying tolls when they pass through midtown and downtown tunnels.
Well, that's just an update of what's happening in our area and nearby state. How about the weather in your place, folks and friends? I bet you're doing well. Anyway, wishing you all the best!
Enjoy the photos embedded here...They're taken inside, in front and back of our house, as snow continues to fall at this time. Hope you like them...More photos tomorrow when the day is brighter...
This is all for now. Until next time around...Take care and have a peaceful and safe day! May God bless US always!-chris a. quilpa, 01.28.2014
Photos and texts (c) 2014 by Chris A. Quilpa