VIRGINIA BEACH-Accidents galore as the rain causes problems on the roads, creating headaches for drivers and police.
In Va. Beach, two school buses were involved in accidents Tuesday. The first, in the 1400 block of Old Va. Beach Road, occurred around 6:45 a.m.
Schools spokeswoman Lauren wicks told WVEC.com the driver was headed to Princess Anne High School and there was just one student on board. A replacement bus picked up the student, she added.
The bus went into the ditch and was leaning to the right. No one was hurt.
13News Now photographer Jason Walsh said the road was blocked for a short time so a tow truck could free the bus from the mud. He also said there's a lot of standing water in the area.
A few minutes later on N. Oceana Blvd., a school bus and car collided. According to 13News Now reporter Carl Leimer, police on the scene said the bus accidentally backed into the car as it tried to get out of the way for emergency crews heading to the first bus accident and didn’t see the car.
27 students from First Colonial High School were on the bus. No one was hurt and the students were taken to school by another bus, according to Wicks.
In Suffolk, a tractor-trailer overturned around 4:00 a.m. in the 3200 block of Holland Road/Route 58 westbound. Around 7:30 a.m., police shut down the westbound lanes so a tow truck could remove it.
The driver, 55-year-old Richard Thaxton of Columbia, SC, was ticketed for Reckless Driving and Failure to Maintain Proper Control. He was taken to the hospital for treatment and should be okay, officials said.
An accident stopped traffic for about 20 minutes on the Hampton side of the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel. One 13News Now viewer said he was stuck in the backup around 6:30 a.m. and was worried he would miss his flight.
VDOT also shut down the reversible HOV lanes on I-64 West because of standing water.
13News Now Meteorologist Craig Moeller says the rain will continue through the day Tuesday. Hampton Roads should be spared any snowfall, parts of the Eastern Shore, the Northern Neck, the Middle Peninsula, and areas north and west of Williamsburg have the best chances for seeing some snowflakes mixing in as the precipitation moves out.
A Winter Storm Warning is in place for Northern and Western Virginia. A Winter Weather Advisory is posted for areas just north of Richmond.
This is just one more day of rain as the skies will clear tonight and remain sunny tomorrow. Moeller says it will stay chilly with highs a few degrees either side of 40° Wednesday through Friday.