A male goldfinch adds color to a Monday breakfast. Photo by Betsy Brooker.
Storms

Roads still snow-covered in Central Virginia

A good day to stay home, if possible. VDOT says I-64, I-66 and primary highways in its nine-county Culpeper District are still snow-covered, and secondary roads are mostly in what VDOT calls “severe” condition, with deep snow accumulated and in some cases packed down on the road surface.
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Horses on a farm along U.S. 522 in Sperryville as snowfall began Sunday (March 24). Photo by Gary Anthes.
Storms

Update: More spring snow

The early-spring snowstorm passing through central Virginia and the Piedmont has left 4 to 6 inches of wet snow so far. In Rappahannock County at 1 p.m. Monday, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative was reporting about 460 customers without power. Most roads in the county were reported clear. […]

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Photos

Photo: Cooped up

The Inn at Little Washington’s chicken coop weathered this week’s late-season winter storm in colorful style. Wind-whipped snow piled up quickly throughout the county, beginning in the early morning hours of Wednesday. By 7 a.m., […]

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Public Safety

Late-season snow takes out power

It was a heavy, wet snow and it took down trees, limbs and power lines. As of 6 p.m. Wednesday (March 6), more than 1,700 Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) customers in Rappahannock County were still without power. […]

Before being blown down, this dying ash tree had served as a wildlife condominium; its bottom half, now lying on the ground, will serve other, more-earthbound wildlife. Photo by Pam Owen.
Nature

Wild Ideas: Condos for wildlife

When superstorm Sandy ripped up the East Coast, it caused devastation to many human communities, but it also destroyed habitat for wildlife, including a lot of standing dead trees, also known as “snags.” […]