October 25, 2005
It may still be October, but the flakes were flying at one popular ski resort in Nelson County. Read more on old man winter's early visit to Virginia.
Many workers and guests of the Wintergreen Resort got quite a surprise when they woke up this morning. Fall was a thing of the past, and winter had arrived in full force.
"The trees were covered; the snow was on the ground. It looked like about 2-3 inches by this morning and [there's] still more coming down now," said Frankee Love of the Wintergreen Resort.
Snow in the higher elevations is not unheard of in late October, but with recent winters being less harsh, many have been lulled into a false sense of security.
"It's unusual to see snow happen in October. People [who] have been here a long time say that they've seen it, but not in recent years," said Love.
This early taste of winter has many at the Wintergreen Ski Resort hoping there's plenty more snow to go around for the ski season.
"What we hope to do, if it stays cold enough like this on through November, is to open the slopes November 26th," said Love.
Since last year's season left many snow lover's appetites unsatisfied, local ski shop workers are ready for all Mother Nature has to offer.
"It can dump as much snow as [it wants] and we're ready for it," said Patrick Powers of the Ski Barn.
Bold words for the month of October, as the word 'snowfall' truly lived up to its name today.
There's no snow in the forecast for Charlottesville now, but don't worry, winter doesn't officially start until December 21.