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March 24 snowstorm delays spring for Fauquier residents

Monday, Mar. 25 | By Mark Grandstaff | Google+
Akasha Wilkemeyer, her mother Chandra Wilkemeyerm and her friend Helena Burch enjoy the spring snow by sledding down the large hill behind the WARF in Warrenton on Monday. Photo by Randy Litzinger
Fauquier County residents hoping for the warmth, growth and renewal that are the hallmarks of spring were sorely disappointed Monday morning.

A snow storm blanketed the county overnight, leaving behind a layer of wet snow that slowed road traffic and cut power to about 800 residents.

The northern part of the county got the worst of it, said NWS meteorologist Andy Woodcock: 6.7 inches in Marshall, with 5 inches reported in Bealeton and Opal. The snow comes from a low-pressure wave that has drawn itself from the Midwest. That wave mingled with another low-pressure area forming off the coast of New Jersey, Woodcock said.

It's a far cry from the March 6 snowstorm, which killed one Fauquier resident and dumped close to a foot of snow in many areas of the county. But that storm happened in winter. The first day of spring was March 20.

Monday's snow isn't expected to linger, Woodcock said. There will be more light snowfall, he said, but temperatures are already creeping above the freezing point. Already, Virginia Department of Transportation workers have cleared many of the county's roads, according to a VDOT release.

But the D.C. region hasn't seen snowfall over an inch on March 24 since 1990, when about 1.9 inches fell, Woodcock said.

"These are rare, but they can happen occasionally," Woodcock said..
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