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Snow blankets Halifax County for a White Christmas

Halifax County received a Christmas Day gift of snow, its first white Christmas since at least 1980.

At least that’s as far back as its records go, according to Jan Jackson of the National Weather Service in Blacksburg.

Jackson said snowfall totals ranged from about 5 inches in the southern part of Halifax County, including South Boston, to from 3 1/2 to 4 inches in the northern part of the county.

“About a week out, we thought this could be a pretty good winter storm,” said Jackson, adding the storm that ended up creating blizzard-like conditions in the Norfolk area was the same system that created flooding conditions in California earlier in the week.  

Most computer models had it going further out to sea, but the system ended up getting energy from the northern jet stream.

It came across North Carolina and Southern Virginia before going to sea near Norfolk and up the coast.

“It was basically a winter nor’easter,” said Jackson, noting the temperatures were cold enough for the storm to produce snow instead of rain.

“The low deepened and combined with the lower temperatures so we got snow,” explained Jackson.

“It was kind of transitioning as it came across North Carolina, and when it got over the ocean it strengthened.”

According to the National Weather Service, Halifax County will see diminishing winds and moderating temperatures through the end of the week.

The next significant threat of precipitation will occur over the weekend when a slow moving cold front moves east through the Mid-Appalachian and Mid-Atlantic states.

Temperatures are expected to approach 60 degrees by the end of the week.