February 2020 Snow Event

UPDATE - 2-21-20 (12:30 PM)

SUFFOLK PARKS & RECREATION YOUTH WINTER LEAGUE GAMES WILL BE PLAYED AS SCHEDULED

Suffolk Parks & Recreation Youth Winter League basketball, soccer, and cheer games will be played as scheduled Friday, February 21st, and Saturday, February 22nd.

For any questions concerning schedules, contact Will Berryman, Athletic Supervisor, at (757) 514-7270 or wberryman@suffolkva.us.

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UPDATE - 2-21-20 (8:30 AM)

EARLY MORNING ROADWAY CONDITIONS

The good news overnight was that many citizens heeded our warnings and traffic was very light into the early morning hours.

Snowfall totals across the City vary, with some locations reporting little to no snow or a light dusting, and other areas, especially in the Holland and Whaleyville boroughs, receiving several inches.

Public Works crews took advantage of weather conditions beginning on Wednesday and continued throughout last evening applying brining pretreatment totaling approximately 12,600 gallons on our primary roadways and a large number of secondary roadways.  They have been working in 12-hour shifts and have put down more than 650 tons of abrasives overnight. 

Crews report that our primary roadways are for the most part clear, and that secondary roads have some slush or snow but are drivable. 

Favorable weather is forecast for today.  The combination of sun, wind, and temperatures above freezing will help further improve road conditions. 

Drivers should exercise caution in their driving by driving alert and attentive, keeping their speed down, allowing a safe distance from the vehicle in front of them and avoiding sudden directional changes. Drivers should also leave a safe distance from Public Works vehicles to avoid being hit from material being spread on the road.

To report roadway issues, citizens can contact Public Works at 514-7600.

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UPDATE - 2-20-20 (10:30 PM)

SUFFOLK CITY OFFICES’ DELAYED OPENING

Suffolk City Offices will be opening on a 2-hour delay on Friday, February 21, 2020. Offices directly serving the public will open at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, February 21, 2020.

Alpha Personnel for the Suffolk Police Department, and others as directed by their Supervisor, should report for duty as usual.

The Mills E. Godwin, Jr. Courts Building has advised that they will be closed on Friday, February 21, 2020.

There will be no changes to the trash collection schedule for Friday, February 21st. TFC Recycling will also conduct their normal recycling collection routes on Friday, February 21st. The Suffolk Public Works Department reminds you that trash must be placed at curbside no later than 7 a.m. on the day of collection.

The Southeastern Public Safety Authority (SPSA) Transfer Station in Suffolk has advised no change in their operating schedule.

Suffolk Transit has advised no change in their operating schedule.

Suffolk Public Schools has made the decision to close on Friday, February 21st, therefore Before School and After School Care and programs including athletic practices at Suffolk Parks & Recreation Joint Use Facilities will also be cancelled

Suffolk Police and Suffolk Fire & Rescue advise that call volumes have been relatively light. 

Suffolk Public Works crews will continue working in 12-hour shifts to address roadway conditions.  In addition to the brining applications, a total of 100 tons of abrasives have also been applied to our roadways.  With temperatures well below freezing overnight and during the early morning hours on Friday, black ice is also a concern. 

Drivers should exercise caution in their driving by driving alert and attentive, keeping their speed down, allowing a safe distance from the vehicle in front of them and avoiding sudden directional changes. Drivers should also leave a safe distance from Public Works vehicles to avoid being hit from material being spread on the road.

To report roadway issues, citizens can contact Public Works at 514-7600.

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UPDATE - 2-20-20 (1:00 PM)

CITY OFFICES TO CLOSE AT 3:00 PM TODAY

SUFFOLK, Virginia (February 20, 2020) Due to the Winter Storm Warning currently in effect, City of Suffolk Offices and Facilities will close at 3:00 p.m. this afternoon, Thursday, February 20, 2020. 

Alpha Personnel for the Suffolk Police Department, and others as directed by their Supervisor, should report for duty as usual.

Suffolk Transit will remain operational under their regular schedule until 6:30 p.m. this evening.  There has been no change in Friday’s refuse pick-up schedule at this time.

Suffolk Public Schools has made the decision to cancel all evening events and activities, therefore, After School Care and programs including athletic practices at Suffolk Parks & Recreation Joint Use Facilities will also be cancelled.

We can expect mixed rain and snow, changing to snow. Snow may be heavy at times tonight. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches, with locally higher amounts possible. North winds becoming gusty to 25 to 30 mph tonight. We can anticipate slippery and snow covered road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the commutes this evening and Friday morning as temperatures fall well below freezing tonight.

Suffolk Public Works crews began proactive brining operations on major roadways, bridges and overpasses yesterday, and crews will continue working in 12-hour shifts to address roadway conditions as needed.  More than 7,000 gallons of brine have already been applied to roadways as of 9:00 a.m. today.  Motorists are reminded to stay back and avoid passing snow plows and brining vehicles and give them plenty of room to operate.  To report roadway issues, citizens can contact Public Works at 514-7600.  

For Emergency Public Utilities Services (broken water pipes, etc.), call 514-7000.  

Winter Weather Preparedness information can be found on the City of Suffolk website at www.suffolkva.us/winter-weather-preparedness.

The City of Suffolk uses Facebook (@suffolkva), Twitter (@CityofSuffolk), NextDoor (www.nextdoor.com) and Suffolk On the Alert (a free service with registration available at https://suffolk.onthealert.com) to notify our citizens and employees of any weather-related closings. Further, notices will be posted on a ticker on the City of Suffolk’s website homepage (www.suffolkva.us) as well as on the City of Suffolk Municipal Channel (Spectrum Cable Channel 190). If you do not have Spectrum TV, you can find a live stream of the Suffolk Municipal Channel at http://suffolkva.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?publish_id=2. Furthermore, information regarding any potential closings or delayed openings will also be provided to all local television stations which in turn run this information as a ticker at the bottom of regular programming.

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PUBLIC WORKS PRE-TREATING OUR ROADWAYS

(February 19, 2020) The National Weather Service in Wakefield has issued a Winter Storm Watch in effect from Thursday afternoon through Friday morning for Southeast Virginia to include the City of Suffolk.  They note that we can anticipate rain mixing with and changing to snow with accumulations of 2 to 3 inches, with locally higher amounts possible.  

In anticipation of potential inclement weather, the Public Works Department has started advance preparations to treat our roadways, bridges and overpasses.  

At noon today, Public Works crews began a pro-active treatment of Suffolk’s roadways by applying a brine solution at major bridges and overpasses. The brine solution (liquid Sodium Chloride) is used to prevent the formation or development of bonded snow and ice on the road surface. Brining will continue throughout the early evening, and crews will resume this work Thursday morning. Additional advantages of using the brine solution are as follows:  

•    Anti-icing returns road surfaces to normal faster, resulting in fewer accidents and delays.
•    Anti-icing can reduce airborne dust and salt particulates.
•    Salt needs moisture to be effective.  Applying brine jumpstarts the melting process.
•     Brine sticks to the road surface.  It will not be as easily blown off the road by wind or traffic, so material is more efficiently used.
•    If the storm is delayed, salt residue remains on the road surface, ready to begin work when precipitation begins.
•     Crews can begin treatment in advance of a storm.  Because anti-icing prevents the bonding of snow and ice to pavement, Public Works crews have less work to maintain safe roadways as the storm progresses.

Additionally, Public Works crews have inspected and fueled all necessary equipment, including snowplows and spreaders, to be ready to put into service if needed.  We are fully stocked with sand and salt for this season.  We will continue to monitor the weather forecasts and conditions and will adjust operations as needed.  Motorists are reminded to be aware of service vehicles in the roadways and to maintain a safe driving distance.  

Winter Weather Preparedness information can be found on the City of Suffolk website at www.suffolkva.us/winter-weather-preparedness.