By Alan Burkhart
On February 5th and 6th, a raging winter storm dumped God only knows how much snow from the Midwest to the Atlantic. The Weather Channel referred to the storm as a “Winter Powerhouse.” I can vouch for this. You know me – always in the wrong place at the wrong time.
My dispatcher thought I’d lost my mind when I told him I was booking a load from La Grange, GA to Martinsburg, WV. I promised him I’d watch my P’s and Q’s, grabbed the load and headed up I-85. According to NOAA, the storm would be heading out to sea by late Saturday so I stopped in South Carolina Friday evening to allow it to clear out.
When I headed out Saturday morning the weather was good through Charlotte, NC but began to deteriorate a bit as I approached Virginia on I-77. At this point eastern Virginia, Maryland, northern West Virginia and the Eastern Seaboard are still getting hammered. Power was out along the interstate in Wytheville, VA. I’m now reclining in Elliston, VA waiting for the rest of the thing to move out of the area. The images below were taken in on I-77 and I-81 in Virginia between the NC state line and Elliston (I-81 exit #128).
The first two images are of a mountain pass on I-77
The biggest issue on I-77 was the fog, but it was thinning when I went through
Leaving I-77 for I-81
The next images are from I-81
Lastly, one of a low, fog-covered mountain across from the truck stop in Elliston
Stay warm! – Alan