The first real snow of 2016, forecast as a blizzard that wasn’t onw here but dumped a lot of snow north of us, moved on late Saturday, leaving a foot or less in and around Floyd County.
Weather storm Jonas leaves and the sun returns Sunday with temperatures a little above freezing, starting a run of warmer days and rain on Tuesday should hasten melting of the snow and leave a lot of damp ground and mud.
Washington, DC, got a lot more snow. “A blizzard for the ages” read the headline on the homepage at The Washington Post website.
A blizzard that will be remembered for generations as one of the biggest storms in the region’s history closed its 36-hour reign in a wind-whipped fury that caused whiteouts deep into Saturday night.
It brought Washington and its suburbs to a standstill, with all but a few major highways made impassable by more than two feet of snow. The winds that spared the region for the storm’s first 24 hours arrived at gale strength Saturday afternoon, pushing snow back onto the few cleared roads and sidewalks and threatening to take down power lines that serve 6 million people.
Floyd County got less snow and fewer problems. Main roads were passable and many secondary roads could be traversed with four-wheel drive vehicles.
The county was also spared massive power outages that left 140,000 Duke Power customers dark and cold on Friday and Saturday and knocked our power to more than 250,000 throughout the path of the storm.
Officials reported at least 12 weather-related deaths. National Weather Service officials say the storm affected more than six million people from North Carolina up to New England.
The overnight low was expected to drop to 14 and then rise to 36 on Sunday, 43 on Monday and 44 on Tuesday. Highs are expected in the mid to upper 30 on Wednesday and Thursday and reach the 50s by the weekend.