NORFOLK -- The snow keeps fallingandparts of the13News viewing area areburied under nearly a foot of snow.
13News Chief Meteorologist Jeff Lawson says the Southside of Hampton Roadshasn't seen this much snow in 1989. He adds that the Peninsula hasn't had this amount of accumulation since about 2004.
The Blizzard of 1980, March 1,dumped 13.7 inches of snow on the region, trapping many people who'd gone to see the circus at Norfolk Scope.
Officials at both airports say the airlines decide whether or not to fly so you should contact the carrier you're using to see if flights are scheduled, delayed or cancelled.
Amtrak cancelled service between Richmond and Newport News through Monday.
In Norfolk, The Gallery at Military Circleclosed early in the afternoon, except Cinemark and JCPenney, Marketing director Taylor Catindig said.
In Chesapeake, Greenbrier Mall was open, but it wasn't clear how many people had ventured out for the after-Christmas sales. Surrounding stores were closed as of 10:15 a.m., but many shopkeepers were hoping to open.
Shoppers just couldn't pass up the early morning deals and didn't have to fight the usual after-Christmas crowds.
The Downtown Tunnel was closed in both directions Sunday afternoon; while Norfolk International Airport was open, most flights were cancelled because of weather conditions at other airports.
By 1:00 p.m., snowfallaround Hampton Roadshad reach about 11 inches on the Peninsula,nine inches in Norfolk, Portsmouth,Central Virginia Beach and Chesapeake. More than a foot had fallen for interior northeast North Carolina, Suffolk and Southampton County.
13News Meteorologist Julie Wilcox saysthe snow will keep falling through the day, tapering to snow showers tonight. Afternoon temperatures will be in the upper 20s to lower 30s and it will be blustery, with north winds 15-25 MPH and gusting higher than that.
'Tonight will be very cold, with lows in the lower 20s. Flurries will linger into Monday and high temperatures won't make it out of the mid 30s,'Wilcox said.
The snow can create a nightmare for drivers as they slide off the roadway or get stuck.In Suffolk, city officials said 20 accidents were reportedbetween 5:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.
VDOTsays it has 85 snow fighting teamsin the Hampton Roads area to treat Interstates, bridges and tunnels with salt and sand abrasives.
City roads, which are the responsibility of each localityto clear, had snow plows outtotry to stay ahead of the snowfall, but the snow was quickly coveringjust-cleared roads.
Va. State Police, VDOT andcity officialsare asking people to stay off the roads unless they absolutely must go out.
To get the latest information on highway conditions, dial 511or log on to www.va511.combefore you go out.
As of early Sunday morning, the Virginia National Guard had about100 soldiersready to provide support to emergency response organizations in the area.
Dominion Power's Website reported more than 4,000 customers in Gloucester/Northern Neck to northeastern North Carolina were without power by mid-afternoon.
In North Carolina,state officials were urging caution on the roads. As of 3:00 p.m.Sunday,the NCHighway Patrol had responded to more than1,560 calls for service statewide. Most of those callsweremotor vehicle collisions; one was a fatal crash in Mecklenburg County.
The entire North Carolina I-95 corridor is covered in snow and travel is limited to 20 miles per hour along portions of the route.
'We know many people are traveling for the holidays and we want everyone to be extremely cautious,' said state
Emergency Management Director Doug Hoell. 'Anyone who is thinking of driving during the next few days, should pay careful attention to the weather and traffic forecasts before heading out.'