Predicting winter weather for Northern Virginia is never an easy job. February 2010 saw two back to back snowstorms that many people in the Mid-Atlantic dubbed “Snowmageddon”. According to NOAA, the last 12 months saw the average temperature go up and the precipitation go down. So what does this mean for this season? It means we carry on with our seasonal preparation and plans.
Area school children listen for the anticipated snow delays and closings on the television while parents groan when they hear the news of a school closing. However, the current school year for many Virginia counties has lower average snow dates used. The Fredericksburg area had an average of two snow days last school year and only two snow days so far this year.
The recent run of weather has been from below freezing with rain and winter precipitation to sunny mild temperatures as high as 68 degrees. Area residents have the snow shovels and scrapers at the ready along with their sunglasses to hide the glare. With the quickly changing weather, even changing within the day, folks listen to the radio and television for the next meteorological announcement. People in Northern Virginia take it in stride as they deal with the constantly changing winter weather.