Snow! (No Joke)

Residents living in the eastern portion of Clarke County along the Great Blue Ridge awoke this morning to two inches of wet and heavy freshly fallen snow. Upon hearing that snow had fallen overnight many residents may have first assumed that the report of frozen precipitation was an April Fool’s Day prank.

An early spring snow blanketed areas of Clarke County on Friday morning - Photo Edward Leonard

Mother Nature's April Fool's Day prank for residents along Blue Ridge Mountain highway in eastern Clarke County, Virginia - photo Edward Leonard

Not!

Clarke County’s upper elevations are not alone in receiving Mother Nature’s spring prank it seems. Winter storm warnings are posted for regions of the northeastern United States today where parts of New Jersey and New York’s Hudson Valley and Catskills could see between five to ten inches of early spring snow. Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains are expecting up to eight inches while high-altitude areas of central Vermont may get up to a foot of snow.

Coastal areas of the northeast will get mostly rain or wet snow with no expected accumulation.

Clarke County residents “Fear Not!” Spring is really just-around-the-corner. Rain and seasonal temperatures are forecast for the next four days with highs on Tuesday near 70 degrees.

The National Weather Service forecast for Berryville, Virginia for the period April 1 - April 5, 2011