Christmas snowfall first recorded in over 30 years
by Karen Martin, Associate Editor
Those who dreamed of a white Christmas were not disappointed this year if they lived anywhere in the Yadkin Valley.
Weather spotters who record and report precipatation amounts to local news media outlets reported snowfall in amounts from five to 15 inches from the Wilkes County area through Yadkin to Forsyth counties.
The National Weather Service office in Blacksburg, Va. reported that the last recorded snowfall on Christmas Day in Danville, Va. and the region south was one-half-inch in 1962 and one inch in 1976.
Meteorologist Anita Silverman with the Blacksburg NWS said trace amounts were recorded across the area beginning on Dec. 25 in 1997, but the Va. office had no official recordings for this area nor for the white Christmas in 1969 in Yadkin, Surry, Wilkes and counties south.
As history recounts, and those who have lived here all their lives say, when the storm front comes up from the south, the snow is usually measurable, but not usually this early into winter.
By Sunday afternoon, the snow had stopped falling across the valley and high winds moved in. During the night on Sunday, wind gusts up to 50 plus miles per hour shifted the powdery snowfall off roof tops and grassy areas. Some drifts were reported by Emergency Management personnel, but scrapers continued to monitor the situation and remove the snowfall from any problem areas.
Children, out of school for the Christmas holiday, frolicked in the snow bundled head to toe, and those brave enough to face the winds were seen walking their dogs or themselves.
With most government offices, banks and private service businesses closed on Monday, the roads and highways were not littered with accidents.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol office in Elkin reported that over the Christmas weekend, Yadkin County had approximately 34 accidents, two with personal injuries.
Thursday's weather forecast is mostly cloudy with a high of 48 degrees. A 20 percent chance of freezing rain or rain before 8 a.m. is possible, then it reduces to a slight chance. Thursday night has an expected low of 28 degrees. Friday's forecast is partly sunny with a high near 53 and a low of 40 degrees and becoming cloudy.
Saturday's highs are expected to be near 58, cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain and lows near 26 degrees.
Sunday is expected to be cloudy with a high near 55 and a 40 percent chance of precipitation and a low of 26.
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