White Christmas 2010

A complex storm system affected our area with three waves of snow. The first was a quick northern stream disturbance and weak low that moved across southwest Virginia early Christmas morning. This dumped a quick 1 to 3 inches of snow across the area. As low pressure moved off the southeast coast, it strenghtened and snow headed back north across the region during the afternoon and evening on Christmas, tapering off and ending Sunday morning, Dec 26th. The third wave was the northwest flow snow showers, that brought additional accumulations to the mountains, especially in western North Carolina and western Greenbrier Sunday afternoon, December 26th into Monday, December 27th. The first map below is for the first two waves of snow, which made an impact on more of the area. The second map depicts the northwest flow snow showers that followed from Sunday afternoon into Monday night.

As for historical records, our five climate stations

At Roanoke, 3.0 inches fell, which ranks this 4th snowiest. The record was 14.6 inches back in 1969. Records for Roanoke go back to 1912.

In Lynchburg, 2.0 inches fell. This only ranks 6th all-time. The record is 9.9 inches in 1969. Records for Lynchburg go back to 1893.

At Danville, 4.3 inches fell, which makes it the snowiest Christmas on record. The previous record was 1.0 inch set in 1976. Records began in 1948.

In Blacksburg, 3.8 inches fell, and that is 2nd all time to the 6.0 inches that fell back in 1962. Records here began in 1952.

Finally, at Bluefield, 2.7 inches fell and this is 2nd all time to the 6.0 inches that fell in 1969. Records for Bluefield date back to 1959.

For all the snowfall reports, the NWS in Blacksburg thanks everyone, including spotters, volunteer observers, highway departments, among others.

Snow Totals December 25th-26th, 2010
Snow Totals from December 25th and 26th, 2010.


Northwest Flow Snow Amounts
Northwest Flow Snowfall from Late Sunday Dec 26th through Monday, December 27th, 2010.