Hampton Roads prepares now for bad weather to come


by Joe Flanagan, 13News Now


Posted on December 5, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 8:20 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH-A big winter weather that's moving east will impact Virginia by the weekend.

It comes during the Virginia Dept. of Emergency Management's winter weather preparedness week.

In Va. Beach Thursday, city emergency response officials discussed what went right and what went wrong in their response during previous winter storms.

2012 was mild but 2010 was a real challenge, according to coordinator Erin Sutton.

"The Christmas storm caught us totally off guard. We had city employees off who had to be picked up and delivered to their job sites by fire trucks," she recalled.

Getting the snow off the roads is the job of Va. Beach Public Works. As is the case in any year, primary and secondary roads will get cleared before neighborhood roads, which doesn't always make residents happy.

Jim Redick is the Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Norfolk. Looking back over the last two winters, he sees resources as being the biggest issue.

"People and equipment are how we clear snow. There is always a challenge for a city when we get a big storm," said Redick

The National Weather Service in Wakefield expanded this weekend's forecast for icing to include the Northern Neck.

As for the seven cities of Hampton Roads, Norfolk and Va. Beach say they prepare for the worst but expect they'll see just rain.