By Elizabeth Rice
Christmas might be over, but the winter season is not. Snow occurred last Saturday, Sunday, and Thursday (January 12th, 13th, and 17th) in many areas including and around Roanoke.
The snow caused a bit of a winter wonderland this weekend. It started snowing on Saturday afternoon, January 12th around one. Then the snow started to pick up even later in the evening and went on into Sunday morning. The results were seen when looking outside on Sunday morning, the snow adding up to around three inches.
The next Monday, January 14th, freezing fog covered the area. According to AccuWeather, “freezing fog occurs when droplets that the fog is composed of are “supercooled.” Supercooled water droplets remain in the liquid state until they come into contact with a surface upon which they can freeze.”
Some churches were closed that Sunday, January 13th. The schools in many counties including Botetourt were also closed until Wednesday, January 16th, and even on that day, the school was on a two-hour delay due to the impact of the winter storm.
This was not the end though. While the old snow was melting, more snow made its way to the ground. The winter advisory started at one on Thursday, January 17th and continued until 10 a.m. the next morning, meaning snow, sleet, and freezing rain fell. This caused roads to be slippery to travel on. The student drivers were allowed to leave early before the roads got even worse with the amount of snow falling. The snow also caused school to be canceled the next day, January 18th.
The snow that evening seemed like it occurred all of a sudden. The Knightly News looked out the classroom window and saw the snow was quickly coming down and flowing all over the place. Everything outside looked whitish-grayish with snowflakes flowing everywhere. Even though less than an inch ended up falling and sticking to the ground, white snow filled the air.
More precipitation came with rain most of Saturday the 19th and into Sunday the 20th. The wind got up to 24 miles per hour early Sunday morning. The temperature also got as low as sixteen degrees on Sunday afternoon and even lower on early Monday morning, being only ten degrees and the temperature throughout the day only reached up to twenty-seven degrees. Storm Team 10 advised preparing for the temperatures by dressing in layers, wearing hats and gloves, limiting exposure, and bringing pets inside.
A flash flood watch was in effect from Thursday, January 23rd at 10 p.m. until 11 a.m. the next day, January 24th, in many areas around and including Roanoke. Around two or three inches will fell during this time making it possible for water sources such as streams or creeks to overflow.
This past weekend, January 26th and 27th, the weather was projected to be partly cloudy with only ten percent of a change for precipitation. It was also projected to snow the following Monday and Tuesday, January 28th and 29th. The weather that was projected mostly came through. However, the snow on Tuesday, January 29th was not as much as it was projected.
Overall the weather over the next couple of weeks will be changing a lot. The weather will go from being sunny to rainy to snowing. The temperatures will also be from as high as fifty degrees to as low as eighteen degrees, so be prepared for anything!
The following chart is provided by the Weather Channel.