Winter officially started Dec. 21, however the first snow didn’t fall until Dec. 30 in Elkin.
According to Phil Hysell of the National Weather Service in Blacksburg, Virginia, “an official weather observer in Yadkinville reported a trace fall of snow.”
Although it was not a measurable amount, according to Tracy Highland, “it looked like powdered sugar on a fresh warm beignet,” who described her dog’s antics as she enjoyed the fresh powder.
Some Elkin residents were prepared for snow. “The thunder and lightning night before last is just like Papaw’s almanac always said would mean snow within 10 days in winter after thunderstorms,” claimed Teresa McDaniel.
The weather has been lively of late with wind warnings that included a caution about holiday decorations. “Gusts from 30 to 45 miles per hour were observed in the area,” said Hysell, reporting Mount Airy with a high of 32 mph and nearby Boomer at 57 mph.
The upcoming week may hold surprises also, however more snow does not seem likely. “We see precipitation,” cautioned Hysell, “but we can’t be sure yet what it will be. I recommend people monitor weather conditions carefully.”
For up to the minute weather reports, the local National Weather Service can be found at www.weather.gov/rnk or call 540-552-0084.
Beanie Taylor can be reached at 336-258-4058 or on Twitter @TBeanieTaylor.