Snowfall so far this season: 2021-2022
Updated as of March 12, 2022
Here’s a look at snowfall totals so far this season:
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January 3, 2022
Rain showers began to fall before midnight on January 2nd. After midnight, rain turned into a wet snow as temperatures continued to drop. Wet snow turned to a drier snow by Monday morning. Snow continued across the area through the morning ending just before noon. Highest totals were in Augusta County, Staunton, and Waynesboro.
Snow ratio was at about 9:1, meaning wet snow fell.
January 6, 2022
Snow began to fall across our West Virginia locations in the very late afternoon to early evening while the Valley got in on the snow early to mid evening. A steady snow came down across our area until after midnight with the storm heading to the east. The highest snow totals were in our West Virginia counties. This kind of snow was wet at the very beginning but turned into a much drier snow as the storm progressed with very cold air overhead.
|SPRUCE KNOB, WV||12″||WAYNESBORO||5″|
January 16, 2022:
Snow moved in from the southwest by the late morning, while temperatures were only in the teens. There was some dry air to overcome, but cold air stuck around for much longer with most snow falling with temperatures in the teens. Wind chills were around zero. This was a dry snow for the entire area. During the evening, a warm nose above the ground turned the snow into sleet across much of the Valley, while our West Virginia locations stayed with snow.
Lingering snow showers and sleet persisted into the overnight, as temperatures began to rise into the 20s. Our West Virginia locations along with Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County saw the highest totals. Upslope snow then took over through the next day in the Allegheny Mountains.
January 28, 2022:
Ahead of a Nor’easter, an upper level low moved across the region with a cold front driving snow showers. This started as a wet snow with temperatures just above freezing, starting around noon. Light to scattered wet snow continued into the afternoon, and started to stick just before sunset. Light to steady snow showers into the early evening and then lingering flurries through just before midnight. This front went on to help intensify a Nor’easter and turned into a monster of a snow storm for the Northeast. This was a very dry snow, and the snow-liquid ratio was about a 12:1. The lower the number from 10, the wetter the snow. The higher the number from 10, the drier the snow.
|PETERSBURG, WV||3″||RIG, WV||1.9″|
February 13, 2022:
A cold front passed through the area during the overnight hours and clashed with low pressure. The winter storm developed just to the west and over our area as temperatures tanked overnight. Some places in West Virginia saw all snow but most areas saw rain fall first with a changeover to all snow. Snow was steady throughout the overnight into the following morning. This storm dropped the most snow mainly between US 33 and Corridor H. Augusta County, Staunton and Waynesboro were forecasted to receive the most snow but a dry slot during the overnight cut totals in those areas. This wasn’t a wet snow, it was more middle ground. Snowfall ratios were about 12:1.
March 12, 2022:
Low pressure moved across the Mid-Atlantic/Northeast and became a “bomb cyclone” which means at least a drop of 24 mb in 24 hours. This was associated with a powerful cold front that swung through the overnight. Temperatures were in the 60s the day before the storm as temperatures dropped to freezing overnight and into the morning. We saw a brief period of rain before a changeover to all snow by daybreak. Snow continued to fall much of the morning, and wrapped up by noon. The challenge this storm had was a warm ground and a higher sun angle since it’s March. Heavy enough snow fell to accumulate even on the roads. This storm created blizzard conditions over the Blue Ridge Mountains, which had the highest snowfall. Generally, places east of I-81 saw the highest totals along with the Allegheny Mountains while southern Augusta County/Rockbridge County saw the lowest. This was a slightly wet snow with snowfall ratios 11:1.
Season Snowfall Totals:
As of March 12, 2022
As a whole, the winter of 2021-2022 was milder than average. Precipitation was well below average and snowfall ranged from average, to most areas picking up below average snowfall.
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