Here’s a photo of me taking a photo of snow falling from The Roanoke Times roof garden this afternoon just as things were beginning to get white. Thanks to my co-worker Caitlin Saniga for taking this photo of me in my weather-watching spot.
Snow has mostly moved east of Southwest Virginia this evening. Linked here is a list of amounts from the National Weather Service in Blacksburg. One odd feature was a hole in eastern Roanoke County near Vinton and a big chunk of Bedford County along the U.S. 460 and Virginia 24 corridors that ended up getting periods of rain/snow mix and got little or no significant accumulation, while locations on all sides did. Meanwhile, snowfall amounts exceeded 10 inches in many spots in an arc to the west and south of the New River Valley, which itself got many amounts in the 6-10 range. The Roanoke Valley ended up getting 3-5 inches, generally, with some larger amounts as the elevation climbs just south of the city, and again just north of the city in parts of Botetourt County. So it wasn’t an even distribution of snowfall, but certainly some heavy amounts for many, leading to thousands of power outages and a lot of traffic snarls.
Roads could be icy on Friday morning as somewhat colder air moves in overnight and freezes any water and slush that remain. Friday will be a sunny day with highs a few degrees above freezing, so some melting will commence, but all the snow will not be gone. The weekend turns a bit milder before Arctic air moves in next week. It is looking less like a long-term, deeply cold period will take hold, but rather a quick jab of what still may be the coldest temperatures of the season. Some single-digit lows may be possible in some areas by Wednesday morning. A couple of weak disturbances may trigger snow showers along with the shots of cold.
I’m planning to take a blog break most of Friday, so it may be hours before your comments appear.