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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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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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Snowy Saturday in Augusta County, wintry weather to continue all day

By Lynn R. Mitchell

??????????The back yard bird feeder is busy this morning as heavy snow falls in Augusta County. This cardinal was hunkered down on the picket fence as he faced into the wind and driving snow while waiting his turn at the smorgasbord.

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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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