Emergency Preparedness and Response

Emergency Preparedness & Response

The Department of Emergency Preparedness and Response consists of two divisions which are also the central point of contact for Emergency Management and Emergency Communications (911).

Jan 21

Team Norfolk - Snow Forecast update (1/21/2022 at 11:30 am)

Posted on January 21, 2022 at 11:44 AM by Daniel Hudson

Team Norfolk,

 

The 11 am call with VDEM and NWS ended, and we have the following to report:

 

Norfolk is still looking at 4”-6”, with 4” being the most likely and 6” being the worst-case.  The timing of the snow has been pushed to later this afternoon and into the overnight hours.  Specifically, the best chance of snow should now be 7 pm to 7 am, which is reflected in the attached Hourly Graph.  The only change in the forecasted temps is that they will remain at or below freezing until Sunday afternoon when it should also be mostly sunny.

 

Prior to the VDEM/NWS call, we also received a regional brief from our friends at Dominion Energy.  Their models suggest Virginia Beach and parts of Norfolk and Chesapeake could see some wet snow associated with this system.  If so, it would likely start around 10 pm.  Of course, wet snow and freezing conditions can result in some downed tree limbs and downed power lines.  Dominion already has teams on stand-by and/or enroute including an army of contract buckets, damage assessment teams, and tree crews.

 

Remember, all winter storm-related information is being posted in our Homeland Security Information System (HSIN) room at https://share.dhs.gov/norfolkeoc.  If you do not have an account, please email EOC-Plans@norfolk.gov, but also know you may log in as a Guest.

 

Thank you!

Jim Redick, Director

Norfolk Emergency Preparedness and Response

Jan 21

Team Norfolk - Snow Forecast update (1/21/2022 at 9:45 am)

Posted on January 21, 2022 at 9:56 AM by Daniel Hudson

Team Norfolk,

 

After reviewing the updated weather brief from NWS, it appears the amount of snow expected has lessened to 4.2” with the potential for 6”.  As for the timing, the Hourly Graph now indicates snow arriving later this afternoon and remaining until early tomorrow morning.  When looking at the graph, look at the brown Precipitation Potential line; snow is quite likely to fall when it’s at 47%.  Temperatures will remain in the mid to lower 20’s throughout the day and night.

 

Today’s battle rhythm includes an 11 am call with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service as well as a Policy Team call at 3:30 pm.

 

If you have any announcements, questions, or unmet needs, please send them to EOC-Plans@norfolk.gov.

 

Thank you!

Jim Redick, Director

Norfolk Emergency Preparedness and Response

 

Jan 20

Team Norfolk - Snow Forecast update (1/20/2022 at 5:45 pm)

Posted on January 20, 2022 at 5:57 PM by Daniel Hudson

Team Norfolk,

 

The EOC participated in a conference call this afternoon with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service.  Based on their Briefing #5, we’re back to around 6-8” of snow with a worst-case scenario of 10”.   

 

The timing hasn’t changed much.  Snow should arrive around 6 pm.  With the conditions being wet and warm (i.e. above freezing), accumulation on the roads is not likely during this first wave.  As you can tell by the Hourly Graph, there is a slight lull during the early morning hours then pick back up around 7 am and to a greater extent in the afternoon and evening.  All the while temperatures remain in the 20’s – with 96% cloud coverage – all day Friday until Saturday afternoon.

 

A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for our area from 7 am tomorrow until 10 am Saturday.  A Norfolk Alert had gone out to subscribers with this information. 

 

For your planning purposes, here are some operational updates of note:

 

  • City offices will be closed tomorrow.
  • Norfolk Public Schools has announced they will be closed tomorrow.
  • All Norfolk courts will be closed tomorrow.
  • Naval Station Norfolk will be open but to Mission Essential Personnel only
  • Norfolk State University Dismissing Early January 20 and Closed January 21 Due to Inclement Weather
  • From our friend, Steven Magaro from HRT, Transit Services to End Early on Friday, Snow Routes in Effect Saturday.

 

To assist Public Works crews working to plow the downtown roads, the York Street parking garage will be available at no cost from 5 pm today until 5 pm Sunday.

 

There is a VDEM / NWS call scheduled for 11 am; our Policy Team plans to meet and assess in the afternoon.

 

In the meantime, if there is anything you would like to report or request, please send an email to EOC-Plans@norfolk.gov

 

Thank you!

Jim Redick, Director

Norfolk Emergency Preparedness and Response