Blog module icon

Newport News Now

N3 Blog header

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.

View All Posts

Jan 09

Winter Storm Helena Update

Posted on January 9, 2017 at 8:47 AM by Communications Department

The past few days in Newport News have been EOC snow_SCchallenging for residents of the City. Early forecasts warned of an approaching winter storm and falling temperatures. As the weekend approached the predictions foretold higher and higher snow totals and the need to be prepared.

Many residents indeed did take the storm warnings seriously. While residents were preparing for the oncoming storm, City employees were also hard at work making preparations to keep residents safe.

Public Works had 3000 tons of snow and ice treatment material on hand, including about 1200 tons of already mixed sand and salt and 2000 tons ready to mix. In addition, they had 10,000 gallons of brine ready to pre-treat roadways and bridges. In addition, they had 9 sand spreaders, 20 snow plows and 3 anti-icing units ready in preparation for winter storm Helena.
Roads 2_CR_SC
From early Friday morning, Public Works employees pre-treated the roads and when the storm arrived began snow removal.

According to the National Weather Service, the majority of Newport News received 9 to 12 inches of snow with higher amounts in some locations. That is a lot of snow.

During inclement weather or other emergencies, the City of Newport News never really shuts down. Many departments keep working to keep residents safe. Police, Fire, 911, Public Works to Communications, Emergency Management and other departments are always doing whatever they can to keep residents safe. Public Works crews and other staff went on a 12 hour shift and worked throughout the night to deal with the challenge of city streets.