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How Was Your Winter?

Posted March 22, 2010

It's the first full week of spring but snow is scheduled to return to the mountains tonight. And what a winter they've had! A woman from Ashe County tells us she saw more than 80 inches of snow in the northwest corner of the state.

I drove to my cottage in Alleghany County over the weekend and spent several hours cleaning up damage from two ice storms. Nearby two feet of snow was still piled up along elevated and shaded parts of the Blue Ridge Parkway.  But I did find one sign of spring - a crocus patch in my yard. Two photographs are attached. I love crocuses. When I was a seventh grader I was asked to write a poem about spring and my father helped me by pointing out some purple crocuses popping up just ahead of peonies.

Before we put winter to bed I would like to get your opinion. How bad was this winter?  Tell us where you live and how much snow you saw. How does this winter compare to others?


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  • dharper22 Mar 22, 2010

    In Hickory we had a total of about 26 inches of snow but it was much colder than last year. The news reported it was the coldest and wettest winter here in 41 years.

  • Celt Mar 22, 2010

    I used to live in North Dakota--so the winter did not feel too harsh. Just gloomy!

  • chargernut69 Mar 22, 2010

    It sure was cold... HUGE power bills! and I keep my heat at about 64 degrees.

  • bettyboop2 Mar 22, 2010

    I'm glad this winter was so cold and gloomy. I had foot surgery on February 10 so the cold weather made having to stay inside with a cast on my leg ok. Hopefully, I'll get the cast off next week--just in time for spring activities!

  • scotlandlover Mar 22, 2010

    I love winter.We had a lot of fires to keep the house cozy and the heat set to 63.My kids complained but with down throws they were fine.We saved enough money on heating bills to go crazy at Myrtle Beach for a day.

  • blytle Mar 22, 2010

    Enjoyed the cold, but got tired of it eventually. Had a scary experience on the day after Christmas. My husband and I were in Charlotte for Christmas and then we were headed to a B&B outside of Black Mountain -- the B&B is in the house when my husband's grandmother grew up. We got on the highway outside of Black Mountain and headed up the mountain and ran into ice and downed trees. We didn't know there had been an ice storm. We could not reach the B&B by phone and finally turned around and headed home. Later learned that the B&B was without power, water and phones for about three days!

  • Riverracer8 Mar 22, 2010

    I loved this winter - except for the high utility bills.

  • susanlbw Mar 22, 2010

    This winter seems as though it would never end, so I am assuming that ground hog in PA was right ,even though it was cloudy here.For the past few years on my B-day in February the yellow bells were in full bloom this year nothing and our light bill has been sky high. But I was hoping the harsh cold nights would have gotten some of the bugs ,ticks ect .. but they are out in full score. So this southern gal is way ready for the warm days of spring and all its beauty .

  • westoflyra Mar 22, 2010

    I recently moved to Boston (and will return to NC in a couple of years) and it seemed that NC had more snow than New England! Up here, we had a few days of brutally cold temperatures just a few days after moving here. But winter hasn't been too severe here, but when it snows, it stays on the ground for a very long time, as opposed to NC where it only lasts a few days and is then gone.

  • robinson66 Mar 22, 2010

    I totally love winter... cold, crisp, refreshing air.. and having snow is the "icing" on the cake. We had what seemed to be snow fall every weekend for a little while. Icy one weekend, a couple of inches the next... five inches the next. You gotta love it. I mean who can really complain.. we all had what we like... winter lovers had snow... the rest had it melt away quickly. It is soooo beautiful. You can always wrap up to get warm.. but theres no way to unwrap enough to cool off in the summer. I am not in any hurry for the heat thats coming. But every season is beneficial and I'm ready to welcome it in.




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