UPDATE 7AM: Linked here is a list of snowfall reports from around the National Weather Service-Blacksburg’s forecast area. As you look at these, keep in mind the reporting times on each amount — some are as early as 5 p.m. Sunday, so you know those got added to. Official snowfall amounts locally included 5.5 inches for Roanoke (WDBJ, Channel 7 studios), 6.8 inches for Blacksburg (National Weather Service office) and 7.7 inches at Lynchburg (regional airport). There was some variance by elevation, but overall, a uniform 5 to 9 inch snowfall. Highest report in the list linked above was 9.8 inches at a location east of Covington in Alleghany County, so it appears no spot broke double-digits, at least on the weather service list. Appalachian Power is reporting more than 55, 000 customers without power in its Virginia-West Virginia service area, including about 8,000 in Roanoke County/Roanoke city, The fact that a deep freeze is not anticipated, and in fact, a springlike warming trend starting this week will be some consolation to those starting this normally cold February morning without heat. (Inset photo courtesy of blog commenter “Forest Blurker” from the Penn Forest area of southwest Roanoke County). END UPDATE
There are still some moderate patches within the remaining light snow area that is slowly diminishing. So some spots could still add an inch or two to totals that generally range from 5 to 9 inches across much of the our region. It appears the early Saturday modeling and forecasts verified a little better than the late Saturday and early Sunday ones did, with the larger amounts spread farther north across our region.
When the snow ends, several sunny, progressively warming days are in the offing, which will make quick work of the snow. The snowpack may hold temperatures down quite a bit on Monday, when it may struggle to get into the low-mid 40s, but growing warm air advection from the southwest through the middle part of the week is likely to send highs into the 50s Tuesday, maybe a few 60s by Wednesday and widespread 60s — maybe a 70-degree reading? — by Thursday.
I will have more of a recap on this snow event in the next day or two. There are many interesting aspects. It doesn’t quite enter the hall of fame with the monster wallop snows of ’93, ’96 and ’09, to name a few, but I think February 19, 2012, will be a long-remembered and much-recalled weather date for a long time in Southwest Virginia.