Those of you who live further north than I do are probably tired of the cold temperatures and snow, but here in Southwest Virginia, we are enjoying every snowflake. Well, most of us are anyway. We don’t get these big snow storms very often anymore and frankly, I miss them. I also worry about climate change. We’ve had too many “teasers” this year. We hear about a storm for days ahead, schools and businesses close in anticipation and then … nothing! This time though, it really happened!!
The following photos showcase some of the fun and the beauty from the last 48 hours.
The snow began at 1pm as predicted and I waited to finish with patients so we could close the office, allowing the staff to get home safely
Radford University (RU), early on in the storm. It turned out that we received the largest accumulation of snow in our area in over 18 years.
Another view of RU, taken from the deck of a favorite local bar, one of only a few in our little city.
Celebrating the snow at yet another local establishment.
Do you see a theme developing?
St Albans Hospital, built in 1916
Before attacking the driveway
Shoveling 18 – 20 inches of snow
And the post-shoveling reward!
I dug out my 30 year old snowshoes and enjoyed a brief, humorous attempt at using them.
Early morning sunshadows on snow
And just a little rust … ’cause who doesn’t love rust?
Editorial Comment: Part of why I am able to enjoy the beauty of a snowstorm is because I did not lose power and I did not have to travel on the Interstate. What is it about all of the industries letting folks head home early at exactly the same time? Combine that with all the drivers who insist that they are the only ones who know how to drive in the snow, yet they tailgate and speed? We’ve all heard about Atlanta. It took one friend here in the NRV over 6 hours to travel 30 miles, and another friend in Raleigh parked under an overpass and hiked home. Both of these situations were caused by the two variables previously mentioned. Ugh!
Other than that – I have loved every minute!!! And I promise, it isn’t ALL about alcohol 🙂