One Last Winter Gasp?

With Winter largely having forgotten to make an appearance in Clarke County this year, snow lovers are placing their last best hopes for at least a little more of the white stuff on an intensifying low pressure system currently located near Brownsville, Texas. The low pressure system is expected to pick up energy as it moves easterly across the Gulf of Mexico before eventually tracking northward along the East Coast bringing winter weather to much of the northern Shenandoah Valley.

National Weather Service forecast map as of 8:00 am Saturday morning (click to enlarge)

The caveat, as far as snow totals, is as always; Depending on the track of the storm.

For Clarke Countians hoping for one-last-blast, computer models currently are predicting that this storm will provide only a glancing blow to our area as it tracks a bit too far off the coast to generate the knee-deep snow levels that often accompany nor’easter storms.

Of course, a small difference in the storm track can mean a lot of snow or no snow at all.

Right now, the National Weather Service’s prediction for a big snow storm in Berryville?

Not so much.

But there is some consolation for snow lovers. Those seeking snow for skiing, sledding or just plain nostalgia won’t have far to drive. The National Weather Service is predicting up to five inches of snow in Staunton, Virginia just 100 miles south of Berryville. 150 miles to our west, Elkins, West Virginia is expecting two inches.

But for our region, at least for the moment, expect just enough winter weather to make driving conditions hazardous until warm conditions return on Monday.

The National Weather Service forecast for Clarke County, Virginia:

Sunday: Snow likely, mainly after 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 36. North wind between 8 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Sunday Night: A chance of snow, mainly before 1am. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 25. North wind between 10 and 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Washington’s Birthday: Sunny, with a high near 42. North wind between 6 and 11 mph.