It’s possible you may have read a recent Roanoke Times article about Kat Werner, a 37-year-old breast cancer survivor who died after suffering a blood clot following the birth of her fourth child. It has been brought to my attention that Kat was a “snow fan” from Blacksburg who followed Weather Journal closely during the winter months. She posted 22 comments to the blog as “Kat W.” My favorite comment of hers came last Feb. 18, when late-night models appeared to be moving a snow south of us, and snow fans were distraught. “Who knew that poor Kevin would have to be a meteorologist AND a therapist?,” Kat posted. Once the snow materialized the next day, Kat sang a different tune: “This is crazy. Poor daffodils, they must be so confused. The snow-pessimist in me is in disbelief, but I do love some snow!” Her final comment was posted on March 5 as an Alberta clipper dropped road-covering snow accumulation in the New River Valley, and it revealed her love for her children, as she questioned why there was school on such a day. “What was Montgomery County thinking?” she asked. So, whether you like snow or not, think of Kat the next time the blog is in the snow lover/snow hater tug-of-war mode as we are facing a potential winter weather situation. There is information at the end of the linked article about how to give to support Kat’s family.
Once the damp wedge breaks from the Roanoke Valley eastward — could be some patches of dense fog in the morning — Southwest Virginia is due for an unseasonably warm early October day on Wednesday with highs in the upper 70s to mid 80s across the region. It will not be quite as warm, but will remain dry, Thursday and Friday before we deal with the next cold front and a chance of showers over the weekend.