Storm Dumps Rain then Snow

A powerful storm that soaked Clarke County with rain during much of Sunday left the area with an unexpected covering of snow overnight before moving up the coast. Unofficial rainfall totals for the event were just over 1.5 inches. Snowfall totals ranged from a trace of snow in Berryville and the northern Shenandoah Valley to nearly four inches of snow on the Blue Ridge in the eastern sections of Clarke County.

Area snowfall totals from Sunday night's snowstorm (Click to enlarge map)

What began as a steady rain early Sunday morning quickly turned to sleet and snow as temperatures fell after sundown on Sunday evening. Snowplows along Blue Ridge Mountain Highway (Route 601) struggled to stay ahead of the heavy, wet, frozen precipitation. The snow was accompanied by strong gusty winds that created snow drifts of about a foot in height across road surfaces.

The Thompson Wildlife Management area just south of Clarke County, Virginia logged 4.8 inches of snowfall. Wind gusts of 29 miles per hour were recorded overnight just north of Mount Weather.

Temperatures will remain seasonable for the remainder of the week with highs in the upper 40’s according to the National Weather Service. The chance of rain returned on Wednesday and Thursday.

Snowfall - Route 601, March 6, 2011 in Clarke County, Virginia - Photo Edward Leonard

Snowfall - Route 601, March 6, 2011 in Clarke County, Virginia - Photo Edward Leonard

Snowfall - Route 601, March 6, 2011 in Clarke County, Virginia - Photo Edward Leonard

Comments

  1. jeanecromer says:

    What beautiful photos! The photo of the stone barn is a photo masterpiece!
    Thanks, Ed.