February 13, 2006
Winter returned with a vengeance in the northeast with double-digit snowfall totals and although a warm January fizzled hopes for a snowy winter here in the commonwealth, we actually saw our own snowfall records break.
Whether it's named the blizzard of 2006, Lincoln's Birthday Snow Storm or just a Winter White-Out Weekend, this storm is one for the records books.
Here in Charlottesville we saw more of a wet mess than a winter wonderland on Saturday. By night fall though, temperatures dropped turning wet roadways into slick streets. Fortunately, we were prepared.
"We had crews out all day monitoring the roads and putting down abrasives as needed. And then when the snow started sticking overnight on Saturday we were able to plow it very easily", explained Lou Hatter, a V-DOT spokesperson.
Folks to the north weren't as lucky. Thunder snow, a rare phenomenon, was reported in Baltimore overnight Sunday with totals exceeding 20 inches. On capital hill people awoke Sunday morning with 8.8 inches covering the ground pushing the city to declare a snow emergency for some time.
From New York to Maine, things went from bad to worse on Sunday with 26.9 inches of snow accumulating in central park, breaking the old record set back in 1947.
Snow wasn't the only worry: winds started increasing as well, reducing visibility and causing hundreds of thousands of power outages.
Whether plane, train or car no way of travel was safe. Airports closed. Even a plane landing at JFK Sunday night, skidded off the runway into a grassy field. Luckily no one was hurt. The good news is that all airports have reopened today.
With the sun shining, temps near 40 and people finished digging out, this weekends winter weather seems just like a melted memory.