Surprise October Snow 5 Years Ago Today

Originally posted October 30, 2011….

Our surprise October snowfall began Friday night, October 29th, and continued until mid-day on Saturday, October 30th. This was Saturday morning as the snow continued to fall, making an oxymoron out of the seasons as we enjoyed an autumn Winter Wonderland.


Our grand total was between 4-5 inches of snow in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.


When the electricity went out, we packed drinking water bottles into the snow on the deck.


The colorful maple tree beside the deck was bent to the ground until Mr. Mitchell shook off the snow.
The sun came out and snow crystals twinkled.
Snow and wind along with overnight temperatures in the mid 20s caused leaves to fall.



The snow didn’t kill off the remaining outdoor flowers and plants … that was caused by the hard freeze as overnight lows dropped into the 20s, killing this impatient plant and finishing off the blooming season at our house. The vegetable garden is finished for the year as the last of the jalapeno peppers was harvested.

Photos by Lynn R. Mitchell
October 29-30, 2011


One thought on “Surprise October Snow 5 Years Ago Today

  1. […] Temperatures have hovered between 30 and 32 all day so nothing is melting … yet.  This isn’t the earliest we’ve had snow/ice west of Staunton. In October 2011 we had 4-5 inches of the white stuff. […]

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