Remembering the Shenandoah Valley’s Blizzard of December 2009

By Lynn R. Mitchell
(Originally published December 19, 2009)

Five years ago this week the Shenandoah Valley was hit by the Blizzard of 2009. I originally posted these photos at the time. Our picket fence and gate were almost covered with more than 2 feet of snow after the storm hit on December 18-19. (Photo by SWAC Daughter.)

SWAC Husband cleared 2 feet of snow off the deck Saturday afternoon as the white stuff continued to fall, adding another 3-4 inches which made the snow totals in western Augusta County 28 inches with 3- to 4-foot snow drifts.

Knee-deep snow….

SWAC Daughter shoveled a pathway to the driveway.

She was probably dreaming of snowboarding at Massanutten….

As this photo was taken, heavy snow continued to fall.
(Photo by SWAC Daughter.)

Photo by SWAC Daughter.

Snow drifted against fence in the back yard.

From the dining room table … the view was a skier’s (and snow lover’s) delight.

The yard was a winter wonderland.

Heavy snow continued to fall as 25-30 mph wind gusts caused 3- to 4-foot snow drifts.

Check out fellow Auusta County bloggers for more Valley snow photos:
Yankee Phil
– Bob K. at The Journey
Fishersville Mike
– David at the Augusta Conservative
Many, possibly most, churches have canceled services today, the last Sunday before Christmas … the Staunton Mall will reopen after being closed Saturday … check NBC 29 and WHSV TV-3 for the latest closings. All local schools are out for the Christmas break … Friday was their last day. There will be fun, fun, fun in the biggest snowfall in over a decade and, if the cold temps stick around, the Shenandoah Valley will have a White Christmas.

Merry Christmas!

Photos by Lynn R. Mitchell
December 19, 2009

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