As expected, for the Roanoke and New River valleys southward, this is someone else’s winter storm, our region only catching an edge of it or practically nothing, depending on where you are. Snow is slamming much of central, northern and eastern Virginia today, with reports topping a foot in parts of the Shenandoah Valley and where Interstate 64 crosses the Blue Ridge. How that makes you feel depends on your feelings about snow. To hard core snow fans, this is a pretty bitter pill, missing out on the season’s sole shot at a “big’un” by what amounts to mere inches on the scale of global weather. To those who don’t like snow, this is a huge relief. I can see both sides of it as a weather blogger. We don’t have to deal with massive power outages and paralyzed travel today. At my location, the 2 1/2 inches of snow that fell last night and early this morning was beautiful and more than sufficient for play in with my 3-year-old son on my birthday (largest birthday snow ever in 4 decades-plus) without all the trouble of a huge storm. But for anyone with meteorological interest like mine, there is a certain desire to be in the middle of the big event, too. And my snowshoes haven’t gotten good use in 3 years.
We’ll warm up for the weekend, with some 60s possible, but I can’t honestly tell you that spring is moving in for good. It looks like there will be another shot of unseasonably cold air next week that may settle in for a while. I can’t even tell you for sure this will absolutely be the last shot at snow, though as the calendar moves deeper into March, the setup required to trigger one locally leaves less and less room for error. From what I’m hearing, I think most people in our region, snow lovers and haters alike, are ready for spring.