One Year Since the Crippling March Snowstorm of March 2013

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- One year ago today, the entire area was digging out from one to two feet of snow.

March 2013 became one of the snowiest months of March on record.

Before that, it had been more than 3 years since the Valley had seen a major, crippling snow storm.

As of March 1, 2013, only 4" of snow had been recorded in Harrisonburg so far for the winter of 2012-2013.

Just a few days later a typical winter storm was setting up with high pressure to the north pumping in cold air. Low pressure was strengthening to the south and west providing plenty of moisture.
One to two feet of snow fell throughout the area.

Angela Hand lives in Broadway and remembers the big storm last year. "We got about 19" last year on the 5th and 6th of March."

A sampling of other area totals include:
Harrisonburg: 12"
Grottoes: 20"
McGaheysville: 23"
Elkton: 20"
Mt. Jackson: 15"
Stanley: 14"
Fishersville: 20"
Wintergreen: 20"

Heavy march snow storms are typically not easy to produce.

With an increasing sun angle, you really need heavy precipitation and primarily a nighttime snowfall to produce large amounts of snow.

That storm did both.

The current winter of 2013-2014 has been much different and the Valley has seen above average snowfall so far.

That's snowfall above about 23" for the winter, so far.

Even the snow lovers are ready for spring.

"Yeah , I'm kind of done, I'm ready for spring," said Hand.


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