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Snow blanketed the region this time four years ago

Some places saw more than a foot of snow from the storm that moved through on January 22 and 23 of 2016

WSLS - Jan 22 to 23, 2016
WSLS - Jan 22 to 23, 2016 (WSLS)

ROANOKE, Va. – The winter of 2019-2020 has been rather wimpy so far for our area’s snow lovers. We still have February and March to go, though.

Around this time four years ago, however, snow blanketed the region. A powerhouse of a storm worked up the East Coast, while high pressure to the north kept a wealth of cold air over the region.

January snowstorm setup in 2016
January snowstorm setup in 2016

For most of Southside and Lynchburg, this dropped 6-12″ on you. Parts of the Roanoke Valley and Highlands saw more than a foot of snow from this storm. The winners were in western Greenbrier and western Pocahontas Counties, where more than a foot and a half of snow fell.

Snow totals from January 22 and 23, 2016
Snow totals from January 22 and 23, 2016

The National Weather Service in Blacksburg tweeted Thursday morning that parts of northern Virginia saw a whopping 30-40″ of snow!

Looking at our archives here at 10 News, there were some interesting stories. One included emergency crews assisting a woman who was giving birth in Clearbrook.

Photo: Jacob Dodson
Photo: Jacob Dodson

Then, there was the Holbrook family who took a different approach to playing in the snow. The three kids took to their bathing suits and jumped into the field of white at their house.

Photo: the Holbrook family
Photo: the Holbrook family

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