I wrote a column this week for The Rotunda about the fact that so many people found it surprising that snow fell. I was just waiting for it.
Longwood received her first snowfall Sunday night. According to WFLO, the local radio station, 5.5 inches was measured in town. That’s a little less than the snow that blanketed campus in 2010 in February, and half of what fell in March 2009.
While Longwood does rest in a section of Virginia that doesn’t see as much of the white stuff, thanks to warmer temperatures, low elevation and the lack of mountains, snow does still fall here. And perhaps Longwood is at her most picture-perfect when snow graces the ground.
Our winter woes caused few problems (except for some shenanigans by students living off campus). Since snow is relatively uncommon for this area, there is not a plethora of snowplows or personnel to deal with the mess. However, roads were fairly clear by Monday morning as Longwood opened on a two-hour delay, to the dismay of many students who were hoping for a full-out snow day.
I was awoken by the buzz of a snow blower at Longwood Village. I honestly didn’t know Longwood had such a device, but I assume it cuts the time to deal with the white mess in half (opposed to shoveling).
I’m not going to say this snow was our last. Like I said, 10 inches in March in 2009. That’s some positive news if you like snow. Like me.