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Posted on: January 17, 2018

[ARCHIVED] SUFFOLK CITY OFFICES OPENING ON DELAY THURSDAY, JANUARY 18

UPDATE

 Suffolk Parks & Recreation youth league practices are cancelled for tonight, Thursday, January 18, 2018.

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As previously announced, City of Suffolk facilities will open on a delay at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, January 18, 2018 due to the impacts from yesterday’s winter weather.

Refuse and recycling collection will run as normally scheduled today.

Suffolk Transit will begin daily operations at 10:30 a.m.

Suffolk Public Works personnel have utilized 1000 tons of salt and salt treatments on primary and secondary roadways at this point. Staff will continue concentrating on primary and secondary roadways along with bridges and overpasses.

Suffolk Police advise motorists who have to be out on local roadways to drive slowly due to icy conditions in spots. Suffolk Police responded to a total of 40 accidents since 2 p.m., Wednesday, January 17 with 9 recorded in the overnight hours.

The National Weather Service is calling for sunny skies today with highs reaching close to 40 degrees which will help with the melting of snow and ice. Thursday night’s low is expected to drop below freezing and reach 23 degrees. Friday’s forecast calls for sunny skies with a high of 51 degrees and low of 27 degrees.

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City of Suffolk facilities will open on a delay at 11 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, January 18, 2018 due to impact of winter weather. With Suffolk Public Schools closed tomorrow, before and after school care at Suffolk Parks & Recreation Joint Use Facilities will not be held.

Refuse and recycling collection will run as normally scheduled on Thursday, January 18, 2018. A decision on operations of Suffolk Transit will be made early Thursday morning based on an evaluation of road conditions at that time.

Public Works personnel are fully engaged with laying down salt and abrasives on bridges and overpasses. Staff began spreading brine on primary and secondary roadways on Monday, January 15 and continued reapplying brine prior to the start of snow fall today. To report roadway issues, citizens can contact Public Works at 514-7600.

For afterhours/weekend requests for emergency Public Utilities Services, call 757-514-7000 (broken water pipes, etc.).

Suffolk Police note that 31 motor vehicle accidents were reported during the period from 3 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. today. Roadways are slick but motorists are heeding warnings to stay off the roads and calls for service have dropped off considerably.  Suffolk Fire & Rescue personnel assisted with several of the accidents today.

The City of Suffolk remains under a Winter Weather Advisory until 11 p.m. tonight according to the National Weather Service. The advisory calls for additional snow accumulation up to one inch with storm totals reaching 1 to 3 inches. Motorists are advised to use caution if having to drive as periods of snow will cause travel difficulties with snow covered roads and limited visibilities.

The City of Suffolk uses Facebook (www.facebook.com/suffolkva), Twitter (www.twitter.com/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 and updates.

Please note that extensive helpful emergency preparedness information is available on the City’s website at http://www.suffolkva.us/607/Emergency-Management and http://www.suffolkva.us/1049/Severe-Weather-Tips-Updates including Severe Weather Tips & Updates and a link to current conditions from the Weather Underground website.

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