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Earliest October snowfalls in Virginia

October snows are rare; but not unheard of

October 08, 2012|Meteorologist Brent Watts
  • While unusual, October snowstorms can occur, but typically produce light amounts.
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October is known for its changing leaves, cool days, chilly nights and even fog and cold rain. One thing that probably doesn't come to mind when you think of October is snow.

While it's rare, October snows aren't unheard of.


Just last year, several hometowns, including Roanoke, Lynchburg and Blacksburg recorded flurries on October 28 and 29th. Flurries count as a trace.

If you're looking for something more than a few flying flurries, you'd have to go back to October 10th 1979, where .30" of snow fell in Roanoke.

The most snow ever recorded in Roanoke in October was the day before Halloween (Oct 30th) in 1925, where 2.0" of snow was measured.


Lynchburg tops Roanoke AND Blacksburg with the most snowfall in October when 2.4" fell on October 10, 1979. Lynchburg's records date back to the early 1900s.



A trace of snow fell in Danville on October 28, 2008. Since Danville is typically much warmer than the mountains and central Virginia, early season snow is hard to come by.


The most October snow in Blacksburg was on October 26, 1962 with 1.5" recorded.

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