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Snowstorm covers our area on this day in 2014

A large portion of our area saw more than a foot during the two-day storm

Kathy Nordstrom - Moneta
Kathy Nordstrom - Moneta (Kathy Nordstrom)

ROANOKE, Va. – While many across our area crave a big snow this winter, we have to go into the archives to actually get it. Around this time six years ago, a monster snowstorm was carving a path through the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states.

Between Feb. 12 and Feb. 13 of 2014, our region was blanketed in white.

Trish Halligan - Roanoke
Trish Halligan - Roanoke (Trish Halligan)

This produced icy conditions as far south as Texas and Alabama, while delivering a lot of snow to the Carolinas and Commonwealth.

Here are some “official” totals from around the area on that day.

Christiansburg: 23″

Blacksburg: 20.1″

Martinsville: 19.8″

Willis: 19.4″

Copper Hill: 19″

Roanoke: 19″

Rocky Mount: 16.5″

Radford: 16″

New Castle: 15.2″

Galax: 15"

Glasgow: 14.3″

Big Island: 14″

Huddleston: 14″

Hot Springs: 13"

Lexington: 13"

Pulaski: 13″

Covington: 12.5″

Sandra - Alleghany County
Sandra - Alleghany County (Sandra Higgins)

Wytheville: 12.1″

Stuart: 12″

Buena Vista: 10.9″

Chatham: 10″

Lynchburg: 10"

Appomattox: 9.9″

Brookneal: 8.2″

South Boston: 7″

Danville: 6.3"

You can see these totals reconstructed on the map below.

Past snowfall - 02/12/2014 - 02/13/2014
Past snowfall - 02/12/2014 - 02/13/2014

How does a storm like this come together? Simply put, you need enough cold air and a healthy amount of moisture to mesh over the area.

A large drop in the jet stream helped make that happen. When the jet stream drops south, colder air can invade the area. At the same time, this favored storm development over the southern U.S., which helped feed our region with a lot of moisture.

Surface map archive - February 12 and 13, 2014
Surface map archive - February 12 and 13, 2014

There aren’t any signs of a large snowstorm within the next week. We’ll get another cold snap around the 20th-23rd of February. Whether or not we can get a storm system to mesh with a fraction of that colder air will determine whether or not we get snow before February 2020 comes to a close.


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