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Over a foot of snow in central Shenandoah Valley

By Lynn R. Mitchell

 

??????????The forecast said 4-8″ of snow possible in Augusta County and the central Shenandoah Valley. The snow started falling before 7:30 Saturday morning — big, heavy flakes blowing in sideways on the wind. The prettiest part of a snowstorm is being able to watch it during the day, and this storm ended up being so much more than we expected. By 3:30 there was over a foot and heavy snow was still falling, southwestern winds continued to blow, and the temp hovered in the upper teens and low 20s. It was the perfect snow day!

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Augusta County registers sub-zero temps, more wintry weather on the way

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Thermometer -5.6West of Staunton the temperature at 6:00 a.m. on Friday registered -5.6 frigid degrees ensuring the snow covering would not be going anywhere for the next 48 hours.

Interestingly, the area is now under a Winter Storm Watch with weather moving in from the southwest and expected to arrive in Augusta, Staunton, and Waynesboro during the wee morning hours of Saturday. Forecasters are uncertain on this tricky winter event that could bring 3-5″ of snow to the Valley followed by sleet and then freezing rain. Stay tuned for all the latest at Charlottesville’s NBC-29 and Harrisonburg’s WHSV TV-3.

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Back in the Homeschool Classroom: ‘Snowflake’ Bentley … studying the beauty of winter

By Lynn R. Mitchell

The view out our window on February 6, 2010.

“Under the microscope, I found that snowflakes were miracles of beauty; and it seemed a shame that this beauty should not be seen and appreciated by others. Every crystal was a masterpiece of design and no one design was ever repeated. When a snowflake melted, that design was forever lost. Just that much beauty was gone, without leaving any record behind.” Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley (1865-1931), Jericho, Vermont

Back in the home school classroom … one of our favorite winter interests during the years we educated at home was the study of “Snowflake” Bentley. He took the cold of winter and exposed the beauty of individual ice crystals that made up snow, teaching us that no two snowflakes are alike. Each is different … each is unique … each is special … all are beautiful.

This was the view out our window in February 2010 as we looked into the world of “Snowflake” Bentley….

Photo by Lynn R. Mitchell
February 6, 2010

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Snowy Cestari Farm and the Churchville area of Augusta County

By Lynn R. Mitchell

??????????Francis Chester’s Cestari Farm in Churchville, Virginia. The sign on the silo says, “Nothing is impossible with God.” Mr. Chester, a self-described country lawyer and sheep farmer, is a dedicated member of St. Francis Catholic Church in Staunton. He is also someone I’m proud to call friend, someone who takes up for the little guy and has been squashed on by the big guy.

Cestari Farm won Virginia Living Magazine’s 2013 Made in Virginia Award in the Style category. In publicizing the award, they wrote about this fascinating man:

“When you put Cestari wool to your ears, you can almost hear the sounds of life within it,” says Francis Chester, 77, who fell in love with the agricultural life in 1946 when his family moved from Brooklyn, New York, to a farm on rural Long Island. Chester financed college and law school with proceeds from a roadside farm stand, and when Chester and his wife, Diane, moved to Virginia in the late 1960s, Cestari Sheep and Wool Company was born.

            Today, the Chesters and two of their three children operate a sheep farm in Augusta Springs and a second sheep farm and wool mill in Churchville. The mill’s cleaning process preserves the wool’s lanolin and gives Cestari wool its notable luster and durability. “Most commercial wool is cleaned in acid baths, which destroys the lanolin,” explains Chester. The company sells yarn in four weights for hand knitters, crocheters, and hand weavers, as well as wool socks and sweaters hand made or hand machined in Virginia. New this fall is a line of Merino wool throw blankets and baby blankets. Wool $6-$12. Socks and sweaters $10-$129. Blankets $59-$129. CestariSheep.com

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Schools out Wednesday, coldest air of season headed to Shenandoah Valley

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Augusta County. Photo by Lynn R. Mitchell.

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Augusta County and Waynesboro City public schools will be closed Wednesday due to snow and icy conditions. Staunton City public schools are on a two-hour delay.

The sun came out Tuesday and helped melt snow and ice on driveways, sidewalks, and roadways cleared by VDOT. The high temperature for the day was in the upper 20s.

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Presidents Day snowstorm leaves winter wonderland in Shenandoah Valley

By Lynn R. Mitchell

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“How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!” – John Muir

Our winter wonderland view out the window this morning after Monday’s snowstorm dropped about 6 inches of granulated sugar-fine snow in this corner of Augusta County.

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Presidents Day snow photos

By Lynn R. Mitchell

??????????The snow lights are on as the snow comes down on Presidents Day 2015 in the Shenandoah Valley. The forecasts said anything from 3-5 inches to 6-10 inches so we’ll enjoy whatever it ends up being. Looking out the back, snow fell over the deck and yard as we slipped into darkness.

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Frigid temps move into area, snow to follow?

WxRisk 8WxRisk.com map from Dave Tolleris (February 15, 2015)

By Lynn R. Mitchell

High winds and freezing temperatures moved into much of Virginia on Saturday, plunging the Shenandoah Valley into an Arctic deep freeze with overnight wind chills below zero. A dusting of snow came in sideways with the strong winds as it swirled and twirled in whiteout conditions.

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Shenandoah icy fog

By Lynn R. Mitchell

??????????Thursday morning we awakened to a winter wonderland with trees painted in white.

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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.)

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Wintry December morning

By Lynn R. Mitchell

??????????It’s a foggy, wintry morning in the Shenandoah Valley with temps in the upper 20s. We didn’t receive much snow overnight but it has left slick icy areas on roadways causing some school closings and delays. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

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Snow causes delays, closings in central Shenandoah Valley

Snowy nightMonday night’s snow has led to public school delays and closings today.

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Harrisonburg City public schools are closed Tuesday due to inclement winter weather Monday night that left snow over some areas and ice over others. Augusta County, Staunton City, and Waynesboro City public schools are on a two-hour delay along with many other school systems in the area, according to WHSV TV-3. Check for updates on closings and weather.

Photo by Lynn R. Mitchell
December 8, 2014

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Mixed bag of weather on Thanksgiving Eve

ThanksgivingBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Snow in the Valley, rain in Richmond, blizzard in New England, sunny in the South. On this day before Thanksgiving, the most traveled day of the year in the U.S., weather is not helping those who need to travel for the holiday weekend. Students traveling home from universities are running into snarls at airports, train stations, and interstates. Safe travels to all those who are heading out to be with family and friends for fellowship, food, fun, and shopping on this special day….

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Do you want to build a snow turkey?

snowflakes_2By Lynn R. Mitchell

With the wintry forecast for the Shenandoah Valley on Thanksgiving Eve, the song, “Do You Want To Build a Snowman?” from the movie Frozen keeps swirling around in my head with, of course, a slight variation in lyrics. Looking at WxRisk’s forecast Tuesday morning as well as other national forecasts, the intense part of the storm seems to be migrating further north but anything can happen between now and then.

Check local stations WHSV TV-3 (Harrisonburg) and NBC-29 (Charlottesville) for updated forecasts.

♪♫ Do you want to build a snow turkey? ♪♫

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