Closings, Cancellations and Storm-Related Information Announced

City Offices Closed on Thursday, Jan. 4 — Essential Services Only

Wednesday, January 03, 2018


Virginia Beach, VA – Jan. 3, 2018 – 6 p.m.

Citizens should prepare for a blizzard and follow the latest information on Facebook and Twitter, or call VB311 Citizen Services by dialing 311 within the city limits, or visit for online assistance. Winter storm emergency preparedness information and all news releases are available at Look for the hashtag #GraysonVB on social media. Please remember to call 911 for true emergencies only. For other inquiries 24/7, please call 385-5000 for non-emergencies and 311 for City information.

A shelter will open at Landstown High School at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 3.  People who lose power may want to consider staying at the shelter, located at 2001 Concert Drive.  The Virginia Beach departments of Public Health and Human Services will staff the shelter. For a list of things you should bring to the shelter click here.​

Trash Collection

Due to the wintry weather conditions, trash and recycling will not be collected on Thursday, Jan. 4. Collections will resume as soon as conditions allow.

Normal yard debris and bulk item collections are suspended for the week of Jan. 3 and will resume next week. The Landfill and Resource Recovery Center will operate on the same schedule as other City facilities and offices. If you have any questions, please call 385-4650, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or visit

City Closings & Cancellations

With a winter storm expected late Wednesday evening and overnight, all City offices and facilities will operate under Essential Operating Conditions on Thursday, Jan. 4. This means the City is performing only essential functions (public safety and public infrastructure), and offices and facilities are not open for business. Please stay tuned for further changes.

All Emergency Medical System trainings for Jan. 3 and 4 have been canceled.

Recreation centers are open for drop-in, non-directed use this evening.

Canceled programs for the evening of Jan. 3:

  • Drop-in child care
  • All instructor-led classes
  • All Before- and After-School programs for today and tomorrow
  • Group Fitness Classes
  • Adult Basketball 
  • Badminton

There will also be no Parks & Recreation school-based before- or after-school programs at schools or recreation centers on Thursday, Jan. 4, including early childhood programs.

The TCC/City Joint-Use Library closed at 3 p.m. Wednesday with the TCC campus and will remain closed Thursday.

Virginia Aquarium boat trips are canceled through Saturday, Jan. 6.

Virginia Beach Circuit Court and the Virginia Beach Circuit Court Clerk's Office will be closed Thursday.

Virginia Beach Commonwealth's Attorney's Office will be closed Thursday.

Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office Weekender Program has been canceled for inmates scheduled to report on Friday, Jan. 5 only.

The general meeting of the Virginia Beach Historic Preservation Commission scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 3 has been postponed. The meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 5 p.m. and will be held in the Towne Bank building, 2101 Parks Ave., Suite 500. For additional information, please call 757-385-8573 or visit

Public Utilities is extending the road closure of Columbus Street between Constitution Drive and Central Park Avenue until 11 p.m. to complete an emergency water main repair. Warning signs are posted advising motorists of the utility work. For more information, please contact Erica Roberts with the Department of Public Utilities at 757-385-4948.

Need Help Shoveling Snow? Or Want to Help?

Virginia Beach residents who need assistance shoveling snow from their home, driveway or residential area and do not have the resources to do it on their own may reach out to Operation Blessing International's Snow Buddy program, starting at 10 a.m. on Thursday morning, Jan. 4. To request assistance, call 757-284-9183. Priority will be given to people who are elderly, sick, disabled, single moms and patients needing to make it to medical appointments/treatment, and assistance will be based on volunteer availability.

Interested in Volunteering? Call Operation Blessing at (757) 793-1837.

Homeless Shelter

Homeless adults in need of overnight shelter during the storm need to check in at the Lighthouse Day Support Services Center, 825 18th St., between 5 and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 3. Participants will shelter in place Wednesday night through Friday morning. Participants will be dropped off at the Lighthouse Center Friday at 6:30 a.m. Each individual is allowed to bring one bag that is able to fit underneath their seat on the bus or on their lap. For more information please call the Lighthouse Center at (757) 385-5160.

Families with children experiencing homelessness or who are at-risk should call the Regional Housing Crisis Hotline at (757) 227-5932.

Hampton Roads Transit has announced that it will suspend all service at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 3, and all services will remain suspended on Thursday, Jan. 4. For more information or to learn when service will resume, please visit or call 757-222-6100.    

More information will be shared as it becomes available.

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