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Snowy Augusta Springs Wetlands in George Washington National Forest, Va

By Lynn R. Mitchell

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Augusta Springs Wetlands was the location of a long-gone hotel in the late 1800s. Millionaire E. G. Pendleton bought this land in 1900 and converted the Augusta Springs Resort into his home. A cement slab is all that remains of a once active mineral water bottling plant. It is now an area to stop and enjoy what nature has to offer in the George Washington National Forest of western Augusta County. The two-thirds mile easy loop trail is fully accessible for wheelchairs and strollers and leads you through meadows, forests, and wetlands. You can look at a beaver’s handiwork, smell pine needles baking in the sun, listen to a songbird, and dip your hand in a cool mountain spring. For generations, the Springs have drawn people to these wonderful wetlands. There are historic reminders along the trail (see Augusta Springs Wetlands … the tour).

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Augusta County’s snowy pastures, mountain vistas along Morris Mill Road

By Lynn R. Mitchell

??????????Morris Mill Road as it heads toward Crawford Mountain west of Staunton.

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Albert decked out in sparkly wintry icicle decor

By Lynn R. Mitchell

??????????After a fresh 8-10 inches of snow fell in Augusta County on Thursday, the sun came out Friday and caused icicles to form throughout the Valley. Warm sun + freezing temps in the 20s = decorations on Albert, our huge Colorado Blue Fir that was flocked with snow.

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Stopping by woods on a snowy evening

By Lynn R. Mitchell

??????????Snow! Like a kid, I watched all day as rain turned to sleet and then to snow that was so heavy at times it was almost white-out conditions.  When it let up this afternoon, the snowy woods called and I answered with camera in hand and plans to wander through 8-10 inches of fluffy snow in 23-degree temps. Layered and pulling on boots, I grabbed some knit gloves because I cannot work the camera in heavy ski gloves. It proved to be a mistake because my fingers almost froze before I returned. With a plastic bag to protect my camera from the snow that was still lightly falling, I headed into the wintry landscape.

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A John Deere tractor snow plow

By Lynn R. Mitchell

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I’m not saying we’re rural or anything … but a big John Deere tractor was clearing the road and the end of our driveway. A neighbor has already cleared our driveway with his tractor. Neighbors helping neighbors … every snowstorm brings everyone out to help. With 8-10 inches of snow west of Staunton, there was plenty to plow.

Photo by Lynn R. Mitchell
March 5, 2015

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Snow won’t keep her from work

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Katy walking to work in snowMy baby girl walking to work on Thursday in the snow that hit Franklin, Tennessee. That’s dedication. Wonder where her strong work ethic came from….  🙂

Photo by SWAC Son-in-Law
March 5, 2015

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Snow has begun west of Staunton

By Lynn R. Mitchell

??????????Thursday at 10:00 am: Snow-covered deck. Overnight rain turned to sleet and then turned to snow. Below is a photo of the deck at 7:00 a.m.

Snow 11Thursday at 7:00 am: Heavy overnight rains has washed away most of the snow from previous storms. Not long after this pic was taken, it began to sleet.

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Once the change-over to snow occurred, it quickly began covering the ground. Heavy snow is expected to continue all day with 5-8 inches of snow predicted for the central Shenandoah Valley (see Augusta County under winter storm warning). All area schools are closed and motorists have been asked to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary.

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Augusta County under winter storm warning

By Lynn R. Mitchell

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It’s a messy winter weather morning. From WHSV TV-3:

**The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning until 7:00pm today. This is due to a wintry mix and accumulating snow. Travel difficulties are expected.**

Precipitation transitions to all snow this morning. Snow showers continue through the afternoon. Moderate to heavy snow between is expected at least through early afternoon. Snow showers will become lighter and slowly taper later this afternoon. Forecast amounts look to range from 5″-8″ with locally higher amounts. Southeastern Augusta County could see slightly lower accumulations as more sleet may mix in there. Travel will be hampered today. Stay with the First Alert Storm Team for the latest. Temperatures will fall through the 30s and eventually into the 20s this afternoon.

Slushy wet areas tonight will turn into slick spots/ice as temperatures fall to the single digits by early Friday morning. Wind chill values will be below 0° Friday morning. Skies will gradually clear tonight.

Most schools are closed in the Staunton-Waynesboro-Augusta County area. Heavy rain overnight turned into sleet during the early morning hours with the temperature hovering right around freezing, with snow beginning to mix in a little after 9am. For complete closings and weather updates check WHSV TV-3 and NBC-29.

Stay safe out there….

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Thursday snow in forecast for Augusta County

By Lynn R. Mitchell

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Image from WHSV TV-3.

Hold onto your hats or, rather, your snow shovels because the Valley is set to receive more snow on Thursday. Augusta County, as of Wednesday afternoon, was in the predicted 6-9 inch range. However, watch for variations as weathermen tighten the forecast in the hours approaching the storm.

The temperature at my house west of Staunton on Wednesday afternoon hit a high of 48 degrees. Overnight rains took away much snow left from the past couple of weeks but there is still plenty of snow waiting for the new storm. Misty rain continues under dark, gray skies.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service has put the entire area under a Winter Storm Watch for Thursday. A winter mix is expected overnight that will turn into snow as colder air moves into the area.

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How much snow is left a week after the BIG ONE?

By Lynn R. Mitchell

??????????We still have a foot of snow today on my deck left over from the storm on last Saturday that dumped 18″ at my house and up to 24″ in other parts of Augusta County (see February 2015 — The BIG ONE: Augusta County buried under 18″ of snow). The temp outside is mid-30s and sunny and feels like spring. The forecast is for single digit temps tonight with a high tomorrow of 20s with a warm-up predicted next week.

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Beach to see 9″ of snow, Bearing Drift? We have sleds if you need them!

Snow sledBy Lynn R. Mitchell

The weather forecasters are saying the Hampton Roads area could see upwards of 9 inches of snow overnight. Hey, Bearing Drift guys … we have sleds if you need them!

Or maybe you want help with a snowman?  Snowman

If you need to beat a path out of NorfolkChesapeakeHamptonVirginiaBeachWilliamsburg … head west to the Valley, young men and ladies. Our forecast is for a paltry 1-3″ of snow.

Incoming snow? Enjoy!

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Pics #2: Snowy western Augusta County

By Lynn R. Mitchell

??????????February 24, 2015. Our drive along the back roads of Swoope in western Augusta County along the foot of the Appalachian Mountains took us past North Mountain Outfitters where one of their longhorns posed as I took photos.

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February 2015 — the BIG ONE: Augusta County buried under 18″ of snow

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Snow measuring stick 2015 stormFebruary 21, 2015 Augusta County snowstorm. Yep. It says 19″ of snow. This was THE BIG ONE we had been waiting for this winter. After a practically snowless December and January and beginning of February, two snows in one week including this one have left snow lovers satisfied.

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