Taking a look back at the weather impacts of 2021 across the southwest and central Virginia


(WFXR) — The year 2021 was not all that impactful as far as the weather was concerned, but the Commonwealth did see its fair share of storms nonetheless.

While the snow days were plentiful, the accumulations were not. The more imposing weather events of the winter centered around the ice as opposed to snow. Two ice storms that happened within a week of each other in mid-February were the most notable. It caused hundreds of trees to topple, broken limbs, weighted power lines, icy roads and left hundreds were without power in Southside and the NRV for a period of time as the ice shrouded the region.

Flooding rains left their mark this year as well. Flash flooding events created some dangerous moments in downtown Roanoke and the town of Buchanan in Botetourt County.

The tropics did not impact our viewing area much this season as most of the cyclones stayed offshore or ran out of energy before reaching Virginia.

However, one tropical system did leave a mark across the Commonwealth. Hurricane Ida entered the continental United States in Louisiana on August 29 and exited the coast of New Jersey three days later. The impact on Virginia was intense with two confirmed tornadoes in Montgomery County and in SW Virginia. Meanwhile, Buchanan County was devastated by flooding rain. The town of Hurley was hit the hardest.

The last two months of the year, November and December, were historically dry. The Climate Prediction Center placed parts of Halifax, Charlotte, and Pittsylvania counties in the severe drought classification as most of the viewing area fell under moderate drought.

Although this year was not as many would say memorable, as far as the intensity of the weather was concerned, it only takes a single event on any given day to devastate your world.

Stay safe everyone and download our WFXR News’ App to stay ahead of the storms in 2022.

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