2020-2021 Winter Weather Recap for Radford

As we witnessed this past winter, parts of the New River Valley, including Radford City, did not see much snow this past winter.

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Photo by Aaron Burden: When we returned in mid-January for the spring semester, snow was limited until the end of January.

By Dustin Staples | dstaples1@radford.edu

As we witnessed this past winter, parts of the New River Valley, including Radford City, did not see much snow this past winter, especially when we returned in January. 

That was all thanks to a phenomenon called La Niña, which is caused by trade winds that are even stronger than usual, pushing more warm water toward Asia. Off the west coast of the Americas, upwelling increases, bringing cold, nutrient-rich water to the surface.

According to the National Weather Service in Blacksburg, Virginia, Radford measured 23.1 inches of snow, with most of the snow occurring around the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

When we returned in mid-January for the spring semester, snow was limited until the end of January.

On Jan. 27-28, Radford received anywhere from 2-4 inches of snow, with most of it occurring late at night.

Our next round of snow moved on the weekend of Jan. 30-31, with 3-5 in. of snow and sleet, which also occurred at night.

As we welcomed a new month, February brought more ice than snow, with Feb. 6-7, 12-14, and 18 being the icy days. Radford picked up to a glaze to two-tenths of ice on trees, cars, and powerlines.

For those wondering if there is any more wintry weather in the forecast soon, forecast models do not show any heavy snow or icy events in the Radford area, as spring begins March 20, at 5:37 a.m.

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