Despite this week’s spring-like weather, it’s still technically winter in Virginia, as the snowstorm last Wednesday (March 6) vividly reminded everyone. The wet, heavy snow (up to to two feet in some areas) knocked out the power to almost half the county’s 4,800 hook-ups, with some outages lasting until Sunday (March 10). A Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) spokesperson said this week that the storm actually caused more outages in its central-Virginia service area than the derecho that blew through last June. Power connections weren’t the only casualty – westbound traffic on U.S. 211 was temporarily diverted through Washington last Thursday as crews worked to remove the top half of a snow-damaged pine tree precariously hanging from power lines directly above the road.
Former Rappahannock News editor Roger Piantadosi is a writer and works on web and video projects for Rappahannock Media and his own Synergist Media company. Before joining the News in 2009, he was a staff writer, editor and web developer at The Washington Post for almost 30 years.