Snow in Virginia

in Virginia, counties closer to the Atlantic Ocean get less snow each year
in Virginia, counties closer to the Atlantic Ocean get less snow each year
Source: Library of Congress, "The national atlas of the United States of America," Snowfall

Virginia Beach gets snow, but not often enough to invest in snow-removal equipment that could clear it away quickly. The city estimates it would need to purchase 300 more trucks to plow snow from every neighborhood. Plowing is feasible only when snow reaches a depth of two inches, and Virginia Beach anticipates that a fleet of snowplows would sit idle for years between storms that required plowing the streets.

When the city did get a 13-inch snowfall in March 1980, the governor mobilized the National Guard. It cleared neighborhood roads, but in the process the equipment broke side mirrs off parked cars, cracked windshields, and created piles of snow that blocked driveways. Rather than repeat that experience, the city has a snow removal plan based on using its own equipment to plow primarily the major highways.1

counties closer to the Atlantic Ocean get fewer days of snow each year, as well as fewer inches
counties closer to the Atlantic Ocean get fewer days of snow each year, as well as fewer inches
Source: Library of Congress, "The national atlas of the United States of America," Snowfall

Maximum snowfall in one day was over 36 inches at Round Hill in Loudoun County, in 2006. Only three other localities have received over 30 inches of snow in one day since documentation of climate records began at the end of the 19th Century.

the record Virginia snowfall within one day was over three feet at a Loudoun County weather station in 2006
the record Virginia snowfall within one day was over three feet at a Loudoun County weather station in 2006
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Snowfall Extremes

Big Meadows in Madison County holds the Virginia record for receiving the most snow over a three-day period. In the Blizzard of 1996 (January 6-8, 1996), 49" of snow fell. Only two other places in Virginia have experienced over 40 inches of snow since documentation of climate records began at the end of the 19th Century.2

only Madison, Warren and Page counties have experienced three-day snowfalls exceeding 40 inches
only Madison, Warren and Page counties have experienced three-day snowfalls exceeding 40 inches
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Snowfall Extremes

three-day snowfalls in the Coastal Plain are less than west of the Fall Line
three-day snowfalls in the Coastal Plain are less than west of the Fall Line
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Snowfall Extremes

the three-day Blizzard of 1996 (January 6-8, 1996) dropped over two feet of snow in many Virginia locations
the three-day Blizzard of 1996 (January 6-8, 1996) dropped over two feet of snow in many Virginia locations
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Regional Snowfall Index (RSI) Map

Ski Resorts in Virginia

Links

the 1993 Storm of the Century affected the western half of Virginia primarily
the 1993 "Storm of the Century" affected the western half of Virginia primarily
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), On This Day: The 1993 Storm of the Century

the Virginia Department of Highways plows snow from public roads in all counties except Henrico and Arlington
the Virginia Department of Highways plows snow from public roads in all counties except Henrico and Arlington
Source: Virginia Department of Transportation, Blizzard of '09

snow melts slowly, recharging groundwater aquifers
snow melts slowly, recharging groundwater aquifers

References

1. "Issue: Why Doesn't the City Buy Enough Equipment to Plow Every Neighborhood During a Snowstorm?," City of Virginia Beach, https://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/communications-office/fact-or-fiction/Pages/Snow-Plows.aspx (last checked March 2, 2019)

Virginia Beach's snow removal plan focuses on plowing major routes, not neighborhood roads
Virginia Beach's snow removal plan focuses on plowing major routes, not neighborhood roads
Source: City of Virginia Beach, Citywide Priority 1 Plowing Routes


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