As the Midwest faces the second massive winter storm in a week, the East Coast has enjoyed sunny days and spring temperatures.
The storm dubbed Winter Storm Rocky by the Weather Channel buried the mountains near Denver with over two feet of snow before barreling into the Plains and Midwest, closing roads as drifting snow and high winds combined to create whiteout conditions.
Here in Virginia, it was a beautiful weekend. Sunday's sunshine and 60 degree temperatures brought many families out to enjoy the day.
The new Play Core playground at Riverside Park was packed. Judging from the noise level, the kids had a great time.
The Play Core playground, which opened in October 2012, has quickly become a favorite place for kids in the Lynchburg area.
Families and individuals were also out walking, running and cycling on the trails and other parks in Central Virginia, many wearing shorts and t-shirts.
One of the great things about living in this area during winter is the spring-like days that appear, bringing hope and sunshine.
Crocuses have opened and patches of daffodils are starting to pop up beside the Expressway and in sunny yards.
Spring is a few weeks away and we won't see much more winter weather. Soon, cherry trees and forsythia bushes will be in bloom.
For now, we're all just grateful for the warm and sunny days that make the winter weather more bearable.
Although the storm is heading east, the Mid-Atlantic won't be hit quite as hard. Sleet and freezing rain will hit Virginia, starting at daybreak on Tuesday, but will change over to rain in many parts of the state.