As the Tuesday before Valentine's day 2007 got closer, those of us with an addiction to weather wondered if Roanoke would actually get a significant snow storm. Then it looked like the Roanoke area might get serious icing. Finally it came as little surprise that the wintry precipitation had practically missed the Roanoke.
It didn't miss Northern Virginia and DC. My daughter who lives in Reston, Va. along the Dulles toll road sent this picture just to remind me that some folks did not get off so easy.
I have this theory. Weather is always trying to lull us into complacency. We had all the warm weather in December and early January. Then we got the cold weather.
Every time we go too far in one direction, we end up getting whacked. So this storm may have missed Roanoke. People will start predicting the end of winter. Your daffodils will bloom. Then one morning you'll wake up and find some spring snow. The scales must be balanced.
All of the large Roanoke snows that I can remember have come from mid-February on with perhaps the exception of one or two.
I don't know how long this link will work, but it currently has some interesting stuff on the Valentines's Day blizzard of 2007.