A Look Back on Last Year's October Storms

SHENANDOAH VALLEY, Va – It is hard to believe that it is the end of October and yet again we are dealing with another powerful storm. This one, though, is very different from the October 29th storm that dropped 3 to 5 inches over the Valley, leaving down trees and power outages due to heavy wet snow falling on trees still covered in leaves.

Many thought an early snowstorm was a sign of a bad winter and winter may have started with a bang, but that was about all Mother Nature had in store for the Valley. Most will remember the rest of the winter being mild to almost warm, and unless you live in Augusta County or maybe Mount Storm, the “Snow-tober” storm was the biggest snow we saw all season.

If last year was mild, does it mean this year has to be worse?

Carl Quintrell, a weather watcher, said it is interesting to see the pattern from a mild year into a snowy year.

"Look at the winter of 2008,2009. Only 8 inches of snow, the following was 61 inches," said Quintrell.

Maybe you rely on the farmers almanac, woolly worms or other signs of nature.

Stay clicked to WHSV.com for a look at the weather patterns influencing our winter this year. You will be able to read thoughts from the entire First Alert Storm Team of their winter predictions for the Valley.

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