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Weathercast by Tommy Stafford, Nelson County Life Magazine
Now Cast Via NWS @ 9:59 PM EST:
Light precipitation continues to develop across the region late this evening. The precipitation is expected to be in the form of snow across the Potomac Highlands…and rain…or a rain…snow mix across the Shenandoah Valley…east into the Virginia Piedmont…Washington Metro area…and lower southern Maryland. Although snow may come down heavier than just flurries for a short time east of the mountains…snow accumulation is expected to primarily occur in the higher terrain west of the Blue Ridge where temperatures will fall into the upper 20s by midnight. Motorists should use caution as some roads may be slick.
At 9:27 PM EST : Weather Watcher John Taylor wrote:
Still flurrying — almost a surreal white, light drizzle effect. Still barely a “dusting” at this point. It’s 29.7F here at 3,300′.
At 8:45 PM EST : Weather Watcher John Taylor wrote:
“Snowing now. But barely a dusting.”
Nowcast via NWS 8:04 PM
Light precipitation continues to develop across the region this evening. The precipitation is expected to be in the form of snow across the Potomac Highlands…and a rain…snow mix across the Shenandoah Valley…east into the Virginia Piedmont…northern Virginia…and lower southern Maryland. Although snow may come down heavier than just flurries for a short time east of the mountains…snow accumulation is expected to primarily occur in the higher terrain west of the Blue Ridge where temperatures will fall into the upper 20s by late evening. Motorists should use caution as some roads may be slick.
Thanks to John Taylor for this photo above from Wintergreen Mountain on Saturday morning looking down into the valley. As you can see they were in the clear above while the valley below was socked into the fog and clouds.
Thanks for the photo John, very cool!
Photography By Tommy Stafford
Nelson County Life Magazine Â©2008
Grete Eliassen Stirkes A Pose At Wintergreen Resort
Wintergreen Mountain, Virginia
Grete currently lives in Utah attending The University of Utah while pursuing a career as the top Freeride woman in the world. Her most notable victories include two Winter X-Games Gold Medals. Recent achievements from last season consist of 1st Place at the â€œIf Ullr was a Girlâ€ Contest, 1st Place at the US Open Halfpipe, 1st Place at the European Open Halfpipe, 1st Place Nippon Open Halfpipe, â€œPowder Magazineâ€™sâ€ â€œ2007 Best Female Video Awardâ€ and 2nd Place in the Winter X-Games.
Wintergreenâ€™s Terrain Park was the site for an exciting ski and snowboard Blue Ridge Doublecross, sponsored by Freestyle. Two-time X-Game winner and four-time U.S. Freeskiing Open Titles Grete Eliassen was the Master of Ceremonies, handing out awards and congratulating the winners.
Grete Eliassen American-born, Norwegian-raised skier won back-to-back gold at WX ’06 and ’05 and silver at WX ’07. Grete distinguishes herself from the other women by going huge in the pipe. She learned to ski in Minnesota but raced as a teenager for the Norwegian Nat’l Ski Team when her family moved there in 1999. She has since moved back to the U.S. and attends the University of Utah. One of the best all around skiers of her generation, her racing skills apply to backcountry skiing, slopestyle and halfpipe. Grete was crowned Ullr Girl at the 2007 TELUS World Ski and Snowboard contest. She donated the $25,000 prize to various charities.
–Saturday’s High / Low at NCL-Nelson County Life Magazine in the Rockfish Valley : 47Â°/30Â° – RAIN: 0.00
–Saturday’s High / Low at NCL-Wintergreen Nature Foundation on Devil’s Knob @ Wintergreen Mountain : 43Â°/26Â° – RAIN: 0.00
–Saturday’s High / Low at NCL-Hatcreek Farm on Horseshoe Mountain @ Roseland, VA : 48Â°/29Â° – RAIN: 0.00
–Saturday’s High / Low at NCL-Wintergreen Winery @ Beech Grove, VA : 48Â°/29Â° – RAIN: 0.00
–Saturday’s High / Low at NCL-Tiger Fuel @ Lovingston, VA : 49Â°/30Â° – RAIN: 0.00
–Saturday’s High / Low at NCL-Delfosse Winery & Vineyard @ Faber, VA : 48Â°/30Â° – RAIN: 0.00
–Saturday’s High / Low at NCL-Mini Tara Vineyards @ Arrington, VA : 51Â°/31Â° – RAIN: 0.00 estimated
We continue our look and listen this week with Andy Waldeck of Arrington. Be sure to scroll to the bottom to read more about Andy and stick around at the end of today’s audio cast to hear more.
Talk about getting it wrong, this was not only a miss, Friday was a huge miss. It happens, so I am willing to cut the NWS some slack, but this was a terribly wrong miss to say the least. Essentially after all of the hype, all of the runs of the computer models, the forecasts of icing and winter weather never happened. Let me get it out of the way up front, I even thought we’d get hit with this one early on. But, even I could see the handwriting on the wall Thursday night when none of the freezing precip could make it into this very dry air mass over Central Virginia. Once they canceled the winter storm watch Thursday afternoon, I already had my suspicions the system forecasted wouldn’t be what originally thought.
Chalk it up and move on, about all you can do, it is nature after all!
Better days are ahead. Saturday had some peeks of sunshine by afternoon, even though the NWS office in DC didn’t predict that. It was a perfect day to head up to Wintergreen Resort and meet Grete Eliassen. She told us Friday this is her first time in Virginia and first time to ever have grits, Thursday night in Richmond! Then she got a big welcome from the VA General Assembly on Friday.
Sunday we’ll have some sun. An area of low clouds was hanging in during the earyl morning hours. Some of this cloudiness should work out of the area leaving some sunshine, before clouds move back in later day and overnight to create some sprinkles. By Monday temps moderate nicely into the mid 50’s to near 60Â° Yes!
Regional Current Surface Map via wunderground
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Your Nelson County Life custom area forecast including: Wintergreen, Lovingston, Ennis Mountain, & Colleen
Sunday: Morning clouds, then partly sunny & fair. More clouds by later afternoon.
* Highs Valley: 47-50Â°
*On the mountains: 33-36Â°
*Winds: NE-5 MPH becoming SE in the afternoon
*OVERNIGHT: Mostly cloudy with sprinkles. Lows valley: 28-31Â° : Mountains: 20-23Â° : Winds:SW-5
Temps warm to near 60Â° valley by Monday and 50Â° mountains. Rain is possible again by Tuesday, but temps remains in the 50’s in the valley. A cool down comes by mid-week.
Andy Waldeck takes us out with Crawl, a cut from his latest CD, Long on Summer.
Have a great Weekend everyone!
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Returning to DC, Andy formed his first original music band called Egypt. The idea was simple, Heavy funk riffs ,a la Parliament Funkadelic, mixed with the youthful energy of bands at the time (Living Color, Chili peppers etc.) This band brought the songwriting skills out of Andy, and he began to love the crafting of a song as much as he loved the delivery.
After Egypt broke up, Andy switched to rhythm guitar, re-made himself as a lead singer and Earth to Andy was born. The awesome pop power of this band was easily visible, and within a short year they had signed a management contract with Coran Capshaws ,Red Light Management. New recordings were made, and found their way into the hands and ears of Warner Bros. boutique label Giant Records. A deal was signed and Earth to Andy was on the way. They spent 2 months in L.A. with producer Nick Launay making Chronicle Kings, which brought critical acclaim for its Beatles meets Soundgarden energy.
After several single releases and some solid countywide touring with the likes of Stone Temple Pilots, Fuel, and Tonic. Giant records folded. This was the beginning of the end for Earth to Andy. Unable to get back on their feet, find a new label and continue on productively, they disbanded in 2003. Becoming a solo acoustic artist was the last thing anyone really expected from this consummate rocker/band leader, so that’s what he did. The essence of a song is really felt when it can be played on acoustic guitar,and sung,and understood.
In 2004 Andy released “Offering”, an acoustic EP that showcased the artist in him. Songs are stripped bare of the sonic trimmings, and left naked for the listener to interpret.
Andy has always been about the songs. Early in 2006 he began recording with a new design in mind. A full length, full instrumentation CD with most of the parts being played by him. He wisely enlisted the help of drummer extraordinaire and good friend Nate Brown, who’s work with Andy’s songs has been nothing short of amazing. The process has become a rebirth for Andy. A return to the sounds and grooves that have shaped his musical image. Titled “Long on Summer” and set for fall 2006 release, this work is his finest moment yet, and is sure to bring the attention this artist so rightly deserves.