When a person has a job to do outdoors, a snowstorm tends to make that work more difficult. At least, that’s the case for Cody Taylor, 33, of Front Royal, who is a surveyor for the Fairfax County government.
“It worked out for us,” he said on Thursday during a walk in the snow along East Main Street.
While his work typically requires him to be outside, he had the day off since his workplace was closed. So he and his wife, Elly Taylor, 35, walked from their home in the Front Royal neighborhood behind the Popeyes on North Shenandoah Avenue to Martin's on South Street to pick up some marshmallows for s’more making.
It’s about a 2-mile walk one way.
“We like being outside,” Cody Taylor said while adding the winter season hasn’t been too bad so far.
There hasn’t been much of a snow dumping this season, like there was a few years ago, and it’s only been a few inches here and there, he said. His wife is from Minnesota, so this storm was nothing, she said.
And it’s February, when this weather is supposed to happen, Cody Taylor said.
About 3 inches of snow accumulated in Riverton by just before 1 p.m. Thursday and about 4 inches had accumulated in Toms Brook by noon, according to the National Weather Service.
About less than an inch of snow and up to one-tenth of an inch of ice were expected to accumulate throughout the remainder of the day up until the storm wraps up around daybreak today, said Connor Belak, a meteorologist with the Baltimore/Washington National Weather Service office in Sterling. This storm was from the same system that shuttered Texas and was expected to move north to southern New England.
Temperatures in Front Royal reached a high of 32 degrees Thursday and were expected to reach a low of about 24 degrees overnight. A cold spell is expected to hit Saturday night with temperatures reaching around 10 degrees and wind chills bringing that down to just above zero, Belak said.
Some precipitation is expected on Monday and later in the week. Temperatures are expected to climb into the 40s and 50s in the middle of the week, Belak said.
A Virginia Department of Transportation – Staunton District news release on Thursday warned of slick road conditions overnight. Interstate 81 and 66 had mostly bare pavement with some icy patches as of 4:30 p.m. Thursday, VDOT reported. Primary and secondary roads at that time, the release states, had snow or ice on major portions of the roadway.
State police discouraged Virginians from traveling Thursday afternoon as wet roads would refreeze and become slick. The agency responded to 385 traffic incidents and 255 disabled vehicles from midnight to 4 p.m. Thursday. Forty-eight of those incidents and 47 of the disabled vehicles were in the Culpeper division.
Police in Front Royal reported two crashes with no injuries or transports to the hospital on Thursday afternoon. Woodstock police reported an uneventful day. The Warren County Sheriff's Office also reported no crashes Thursday but noted that may change overnight with freezing.
Government offices in Warren and Shenandoah counties, Front Royal, New Market, Woodstock, Mount Jackson and Strasburg were closed Thursday. Warren County and Front Royal offices are expected to open at 10 a.m. today. Mount Jackson is expected to open later than 8 a.m., and Strasburg offices are likely going to be open today.
Warren County Public Schools canceled virtual learning classes Thursday to ensure the safety of teachers who go in to work on virtual school days, said Superintendent Chris Ballenger. Shenandoah County Public Schools canceled virtual classes Thursday due to possible power outages.
Businesses throughout Warren and Shenandoah counties closed Thursday due to the weather.
“Fortunately, no news is good news for us right now,” said Preston Knight, the spokesperson for the Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative. A tree caused damage and knocked out 13 customers in Augusta County but that’s all to report, he said.
Casey Hollins, the spokesperson for the Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, also had no major incidents to report, with the maximum number of outages being around 50, she said.