Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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February 23, 2010

Prolonged winter: Will mini glaciers in Bluefield hang around until spring?


With more snow in the forecast our window of opportunity to break the ice is over at least for now. Old Man Winter has decided to add further insult to injury. More snow showers. More cold temperatures. You’ve got to be kidding me.

We are looking at a chance of rain and snow today with cooler temperatures. You then have a chance of snow showers on Thursday and Friday. That means we could actually see some fresh snow on the ground before all of this ice melts. That’s not exactly the kind of news folks are wanting to hear.

Something’s got to give already. March is now just a week away. At this point, I’m willing to bet we are going to see one of two extremes. It is either going to keep on snowing throughout the month of March, or spring may actually arrive early and stick around for a while.

Unfortunately, I’ve got a sneaky feeling that the nasty weather may be hanging around a little longer. Call it a gut instinct if you will, but I’m afraid we are going to see at least one more big storm before all is done and said. I suspect the next big one will come in March.

So the question remains — will our giant chunks of ice still be around come April? Or will we see a prolonged warming trend in March finally capable of melting all of this ice? Or will we see another big storm — snow, sleet or ice — that will make things worse than they already are?

Charles Owens is the Daily Telegraph’s city editor. Contact him at

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