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Posted at 2:10 PM ET, 10/ 5/2010

Season's first snowflakes fall in West Virginia

By Jason Samenow

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Did you feel the chill in the air this morning? The same air mass that drove many of us to break out jackets for the first time this fall was sufficiently cold for some snow in West Virginia.

From the National Weather Service, Charleston, WV:

The first snow flakes of the season were spotted by the cooperative weather observers... on the mountaintop at Snowshoe this morning... October 5th. Temperatures were in the lower 30s.
Last year... the first flakes observed in West Virginia were a bit later... occurring on the 14th of October around the Tucker County community of Davis.

Do the early flakes in the mid-Atlantic portend to a repeat of the last year's epic snows? AccuWeather meteorologist Henry Margusity doesn't think so. Margusity, who released his winter outlook yesterday, is predicting an active, wet winter in the mid-Atlantic but not necessarily white. He expects a prevailing storm track to our northwest that will favor wintry mix scenarios rather than predominantly snow. You can view Margusity's outlook on AccuWeather's website.

CWG will issue its winter outlook around November 1.

By Jason Samenow  | October 5, 2010; 2:10 PM ET
Categories:  Winter Storms  
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The ice storms cometh.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | October 5, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

What did Margusity predict last year? Was he right?

Posted by: Juan-John1 | October 5, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Matter of fact he was. Actually I think his prediction last year was a little lower than what actually happened, which is a rarity for him. But with the winter we had, I'm guessing most people were lower.

I think there's some sense to what he's saying though. Given the strong La NiƱa forecast by CPC, I'd say ice is most likely (if anything).

Posted by: hobbes9 | October 5, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

There is a video of the snow on the main page of the Snowshoe site.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | October 5, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

If Walter sees this vid, he may head up there to sculpt snow scallops.

When Agnes hit in 1972, there was snow in the mountains of western Maryland.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | October 5, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: tws1372 | October 6, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

I try to be more scientific than superstitious about weather, but boy I am crossing my fingers for more snow!

Posted by: Ann-CapitalWeatherGang | October 6, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

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