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Newport News Now is a daily e-newsletter that launched in March 2016. Articles that ran in our newsletter between March 2016 and March 2018 are available on these pages. Newsletters produced beginning in April 2018 can be viewed on our new daily newsletter page.

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Jan 03

SNOW IS ON THE WAY!

Posted on January 3, 2018 at 10:00 AM by Communications Department

snow 1Newport News is under a Winter Storm Warning beginning 1 p.m today through 1 p.m. tomorrow. The National Weather Service in Wakefield is calling for up to 8 inches of snow during that time and below freezing temperatures. Crews from the Street Maintenance Division of the Department of Public Works installed all snow removal equipment and started pretreating area roadways with a brine solution yesterday in anticipation of the winter weather. Pretreatment resumed today and Public Works have started 12 hour shifts to work around the clock as long as needed. Equipment and supplies on hand to respond to the snowfall include: 25 snow plows, 9 salt/sand spreaders, 3 brine units, 3,000 tons of salt/sand, and 10,000 gallons of brine. Crews will begin salting and plowing operations of main roads as weather conditions dictate and in accordance with the City’s Snow Removal Plan.

 Roadside loose leaf collection has been suspended for this week as the crews have been pulled to treat and plow roads. Solid Waste will NOT collect trash, bulk and recycling on Thursday, January 4.  Crews will attempt to resume collections on Friday as road conditions allow. A revised collection schedule will be determined by weather and road conditions. Visit the city's website and social media pages for updates. The Recovery Operations Center (aka Denbigh Compost and Dropoff Facility) is closed on Thursday, January 4.  Residents are advised NOT to put their carts on the street or near the curb on Thursday in order to allow snow plowing to occur and to avoid the carts being knocked over by the force of snow being ejected from the plow.  Additionally, the strong winds forecasted for Thursday will likely cause many carts to be blown over, resulting in spillage of the contents.snow 2

LINK of Hampton Roads runs the PORT emergency winter shelter  for the homeless that rotates among Newport News churches weekly and is supported by various city departments. Details and the schedule can be found at http://www.linkhr.org/programs/winter-service.

Residents are strongly encouraged to prepare for the anticipated winter weather and stay tuned to local weather forecasts. Both the Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management offer Winter Weather Preparedness tips for citizens.