Snow vs. spring

Spring officially arrives today. Not a moment too soon.

The month isn’t over yet, but the previous record March snowfall was broken after last Sunday night’s storm — 16 inches of snow was recorded this month by the National Weather Service at Dulles Airport, besting the previous snowiest March (in 1993) by half an inch.

As we went to press, a snow-rain mix was lurking in the long-range forecast for next Tuesday or Wednesday, but we’ll see. Last year, on March 25, you’ll recall that six to eight inches of white stuff fell.

At least there have been no serious snow-related accidents around Rappahannock County this late winter. Fire and rescue responded to two overturned vehicles late Sunday evening (March 16) as heavy snow beat most of VDOT’s plows to road surfaces. On U.S. 211, one person was transported to Fauquier Hospital with minor injuries. On Red Oak Mountain, the driver and passenger of a car that slid off a private driveway and rolled down 20 feet into a creekbed, where it rested on its roof, refused treatment.

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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.