Last winter was one of snowiest on record

By Jim Duncan - bio | email
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - As we learned from the frequent storms last year, preparation is everything. Here's a look at the snow and ice that crippled Central Virginia last winter.

The first storm of the season hit just days before Christmas. The snow began falling Friday, Dec. 8 and didn't stop until nearly 24 hours later.

The official snow fall total at the airport was seven inches, but places west of Richmond saw up to 18 inches of snow. Flights were canceled and bus passengers were stranded, but adults and children enjoyed the first snow fall of the season.

Little did we know that was just the beginning of a winter we'd never forget. The second storm struck on the weekend of Jan. 30.

Despite 10 inches of snow on the ground, some drivers insisted on leaving the house, but they didn't get very far. Across Central Virginia, cars were stranded.

"It's a mess," said driver David Burns during one of the storms. "People are all over the place, there's wrecks, people off the road.  I mean it's a mess."

More cautious drivers waited for plows, but it was a long wait for some neighborhoods, and schools and businesses were closed for much of the following week.

Only a week later, another major snow storm. This one impacting the eastern seaboard, from Virginia up to New Jersey.

Some loved the snow and took full advantage of the days off from work and school.

"I love it.  Kids out of school and out having fun.  So let it be what it be," said David Anderson.

While others just wanted to get away.

"I'm done.  I don't want to see anymore.  I'm ready to move to Florida, no joke.  I've had enough," said Jerome Fields.

Washington, D.C., was also hit hard with almost two feet of snow, prompting President Barack Obama to weigh in on all the winter weather, dubbing the storms "Snowmageddon."

The fourth and final storm wasn't as big as the previous storms, but it was a surprise to everyone. About two inches fell quickly during the morning commute, forcing buses full of students to turn back around and head home.

"At 5 a.m., we didn't see anything out there.  We thought we could come to school.  That's obviously the wrong call at this point," said Mychael Dickerson with Henrico County Public Schools.

When it was all said and done, last winter was the 14th snowiest on record.

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