Even before the sun came up on Wednesday, an army of men, machines and shovels went to work cleaning lots and sidewalks in front of local businesses. James Hurst, above, clears the parking lot which serves the Mathews post office, Food Lion grocery and Shun Xing restaurant. Photo by Elsa Cooke Verbyla
January has been a snow lover’s paradise, with back-to-back snowfalls coating the ground with white powder two weeks in a row. This week’s snowfall was a bit deeper than last week’s, forcing county government offices, as well as schools in both counties, to close for the day on Wednesday.
Once again, those who weren’t given a snow day had to endure a tricky commute Wednesday morning, with only a few of the main thoroughfares treated and plowed and most neighborhood streets still snow-packed.
Weather watcher Deb Buchanan recorded 6¼ inches of snow at her home on Gwynn’s Island, which she said was about average across the area. She reported Wednesday morning’s low temperature at 15 degrees with a wind chill of minus 1.
The National Weather Service reported 4.3 inches of snowfall as of 6 a.m. Wednesday at White Marsh from a trained spotter.
The heaviest snowfall came between 5 p.m. Tuesday and midnight Wednesday. By 1 a.m. Wednesday, Buchanan said the snow had begun to taper off.
Virginia Department of Transportation spokesperson Kelly Hannon reported road conditions as being a little worse this time around than they were last week.