Annals of snow: Dude, where's our blizzard?
So Saturday has almost dawned, and no doubt there are 13,000 very unhappy, power-deprived households right now, but the predicted near-blizzard and its expected record snowfalls and high winds haven't materialized. At the Hook weather station near Ivy, it's been lightly raining/misting all night, the temperature is 31, and whatever trace of wind may exist doesn't even register on our little weather machine. Even the National Weather Service, the folks previously predicting 20-28 inches of blowing snow, have issued a far tamer (but potentially contradictory) report for today. The Sterling office of the Service says we're to stay under storm watch until 10pm but to expect just one inch of snow, which quits at 7am. (Read it yourself, and see if a report supposedly issued at 4:05am Saturday and mentioning winds "tonight and Saturday" makes sense.) The more assertive Blacksburg office of the NWS has created a snowfall map that–- although putting Albemarle slightly outside its bounds–- appears to suggest that we'll get 3-4" today. And yet another NWS office has created this multi-color map. This all bolsters UVA's decision to move forward today with its men's basketball game against Wake Forest.