posted on Mar, 3 2014 @ 03:39 AM
As most of the East Coast of the United States prepares for another blast from Old Man Winter. For some of us, including myself, we are already under
the gun with this next storm with ice and snow falling all night and later into the day on Monday. With that in mind, I think its time we show off
what winter has been like in the places we call home. Winter around West Virginia can get treacherous and this winter has been no exception to the
rule. I hadn't really had the chance to get out and get many photos but when I did, I made the effort put forth count.
The first photo I was really able to get out for was taken back in November after a couple of squalls off of Lake Erie hit the area. In this photo, we
have a local freight heading west through town after working an industry here in town. I think the snow on the ground may have or should have been
taken as a sign of what was to come. Mind you that this was taken at the end of November!!
The next two big storms we were hit with came within two weeks of each other and dropped another decent amount of snow in the area. The first storm
came through and dropped a half a foot of snow here with much higher totals in the mountains. Here we see a westbound freight train coming through
town as it makes its way on toward Kentucky and Ohio. Even though it was not moving very fast when it came by. It was still creating enough wind to
whip the snow up into a white cloud as it passed by.
This was the next big storm to hit the area that came in back on February 12th and into the next day. The day before and in the hours leading up to
this, the forecast models had predicted a paltry one to three inches of snow for the area. Overnight, a low pressure center developed right off the
coast of North Carolina. When this started to occur, it began to enhance the rate of snow that was falling over the area overnight and into Thursday
morning. After all was said and done with, we would wind up receiving a foot of snow due to what had developed over Wednesday night and into Thursday
morning. This eastbound freight train was one of a few trains that ran during and after the snow had ceased.
The next photo was taken the Saturday after the storm had cleared out and off the East Coast. Here we see an empty coal train moving through town as
it heads back to the Kentucky coalfields for more black diamonds. This guy was really moving as the snow he's kicked up is blocking out most of the
train behind him.
Fast forward to tonight and the storm that is happening as I type this up. We are forecasted to once again get between eight and twelve inches of
snow. This on top of the quarter to half an inch of ice that we had already received early Sunday night. These photos are hot off the camera and
really show just what a couple of hours can do when it comes to a change in the weather. It was 50 degrees yesterday afternoon and right now its
around 20F with snow falling.
Show off your photos, stay warm and stay safe out there!!!