NORFOLK - With already a foot of snow on the ground in parts of Virginia, Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA) declared a state of emergency allowing state agencies to help localities dealing with this winter storm.
The snowstorm is impacting airports in Hampton Roads.
At Norfolk International Airport Wednesday, flights to and from Washington, DC were cancelled.
"(The cancellations) are all weather related and could get worse as the day progresses. I would recommend that anyone traveling Northeast, contact the airline to determine the status of the flight before heading to the airport," spokesman Wayne Shank told WVEC.com.
It was a similar situation at Newport News-Williamsburg International, which shows flights to and from Philadelphia had been cancelled.
On the edge of the WVEC TV 13 viewing area, New Kent County decided to close the public schools early Wednesday. On its Facebook page, the school division said the snow is arriving much earlier than originally expected. As a result, schools will dismiss early today with secondary schools releasing at 11:30 and elementary schools releasing at 12:30. All after-school and evening classes have been cancelled.
In Poquoson this morning, some residents woke up to find slush on their porches. 13News Meteorologist Craig Moeller says a photo sent to 13News shows graupel. It's precipitation that forms when supercooled droplets of water are collected and freeze on a falling snowflake.
For Hampton Roads, rain showers will mix with snow showers this afternoon and evening. Most should melt on contact with relatively warm surfaces; however, minor accumulations are possible west and north under heavier snow bands, Moeller stated.
He also said there will likely be minor tidal flooding as wind gusts reach 40-45 MPH around high tide Thursday, which hits at Sewells Point at 5:05 a.m.
Posts about wintry weather started showing up on the WVEC-TV13 Facebook page about mid-morning.
"Thunder and hail storm in the Bellamy area of Gloucester," Shannon Halterman wrote around 9:00 a.m.
"Pea-sized hail in the Camp Peary area and very close thunder and lighting. Yikes!," was the reaction from Cindy Shiver around that same time.
Across Virginia, power's going out in northern and western Virginia and most of the 112,000 outages are in the Shenandoah Valley. 262 Dominion Power employees from Hampton Roads and northeast North Carolina are helping in affected areas. Some left yesterday and were already out working to restore power in the northern Virginia. Others were leaving Wednesday, said spokeswoman Bonita Harris.
Virginia State Police report responding to more than 200 crashes.
To report an outage at any time, not just during the storm, you can go online or call 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357).