First Snow in Richmond

The Winter Storm Helena arrived to Richmond, Virginia on January 7, 2017, making it the River City’s first official snowfall of the year. We received over 8 inches of snow and with temperature highs around 20s F, it created for the perfect winter wonderland. We spent the weekend playing and exploring this new landscape, blanketed in snow.

We first dominated the slopes of Forest Hill Park and somehow ended up on local TV. We were a little older than the average sledder by about 20 years but that didn’t stop us. We drank at the local craft brewery (Ardent) and hung out at cafes. Despite the condition of the roads, we all gathered to celebrate the wedding of some old friends. The snow made for some great pictures for them.

 Unlike your northern US cities, snow in Richmond falls maybe 3-5 times a year. The average US city accumulates 26 inches of snowfall per year. In Richmond, the yearly average is about 12 inches. The city is not really equipped to deal with it, and as a result, everything essentially shuts down. Everyone is in full relaxation mode – getting outside to build snowmen, sled down the hills or gather at breweries. I sure do miss snow.

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The iced over Nickel Bridge
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The James River, and Nickel Bridge in the background

7 thoughts on “First Snow in Richmond

  1. Beautiful pictures, John. 🙂
    I know what you mean about not seeing too much snow — I live in Northern Oklahoma. Even an inch is enough for us to go completely berserk, schools and businesses shut down as well. Lol.

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    • William, so glad that you joined wordpress and the 90s movement of blogging. You should definitely get a camera, it’s a ton of fun. Hope you guys are doing awesome out west.

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