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Snow Saturday, January 22
Village Covered By Deeper Than Expected Snow
January 23, 2011

T
he snowfall that covered Oriental on Saturday may be remembered for taking the village by surprise. Meteorologists had suggested only an inch would come down. The snow that started around midday kept going for about 6 hours, putting approximately a half a foot of snow on the ground by nightfall.

The pier at Lou Mac Park around 3:45p. Snow would fall for another two hours.

This was the second snowfall in January 2011 and the third this winter. They’ve been coming roughly about 2 weeks apart.

Russ, Diane and Tristan Stewart near the remains of the old pier on South Avenue. Visibility on the Neuse was minimal.

The few people who did take a walk through Oriental Saturday afternoon found snow coming at them sideways. On the ground, the tread underfoot became more slippery as the temperatures fell.

For the effort of bundling up and still getting cold, there was the reward of being in the middle of the swirling white flakes and taking in the very changed landscape. In many places, the snow did such a thorough job of blanketing that the scenes had only a hint of color.

First floor porch of Jan and Chuck Hinman’s home on South Avenue.

Elsewhere, bright hues still popped through. Both can be found in these photos, most of which were taken from mid to late afternoon Saturday.

The snowy background sets off the hulls all the more on the boats at Tritons boatyard on Midyette Street.
A few steps down Midyette Street, Deshawn Dillahunt called out to say that he’d measured 6 inches of snow in the front yard. That was around 4:30p.
At the Town Dock, the sailboat “Ann” was gathering a few inches of snow by mid-afternoon. That stood in contrast to the scene there a day earlier.
Sunflower gate near Wall Street.

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Chairs next to Garland Fulcher Seafood Market.
Across Hodges Street in the Garland Fulcher Seafood complex, two women look out the door.
Sign at the Town Limit.
The mural outside Flo’s hair salon at Midyette and Church streets.
Swan on Ned Delamar’s porch.
Road ice and snow on a truck parked at the Town and Country.

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Snow walk. On South Avenue, Dwaine Moore, Sue Henry and Skipper stroll through the still-falling snow Saturday afternoon.
A wall outside a home on Midyette Street.
Midyette Street between Church and Main.
Waiting for another season: Ray Everest’s shrimping boat.
Cluster of palmettos at South Avenue and Vandemere.
Stallings House on South Avenue.

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Stairs of The Bean.
Benches, covered by snow at the former artesian well on South Avenue. It’s next to the willow oak that was cut down last fall.
Cedar tree trunk near the King Street public right of way to the river.
Chairs in the yard at Ragan Road and Neuse Drive.
Snow on the edge of town.
A scene from a bit earlier in the afternoon, around 1:15, when it became apparent that Oriental would get more than an inch of snow.

Photos sent by readers…. this way…..

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Dick and Donna Mannion’s backyard on Kershaw Creek. There was a moment Saturday when the snow clouds lingered in one direction, while pink and red colored the setting sun’s sky. (Photo: Dick Mannion)
Arapahoe yard.(Photo: Diana Street)
A gazebo in Bayboro at the headwaters of the Bay River.(Photo: Candace Young)
Inside the gazebo at Bay River Pottery, looking snow-skyward. (Photo: Candace Young)
It’s a New Englandy building and yesterday got the landscape to go with it. Gary Gresko’s sculpture studio just outside of Oriental. (Photo: Lizzann Taylor)
A calming, almost Japanese-garden yard scene just off of Greens Creek.(Photo: Lizzann Taylor)
Chairs, “holding arms” and watching the snow fall on the water in Arapahoe. (Photo: Leigh Price
In a landscape of white, some red and blue in a Buccaneer Bay West yard. (Photo: Sue Manger)
The morning after. As the pants would suggest, Paul Fairbank knows from snow. The Chicago native and Oriental Parade Meister wears another hat Sunday morning: Snow Sweeper at The Boonedocks. (Photo: Jane Tindall)
Sunday morning, after the snow, on the deck of Heatherbell, a sailboat on the hard at SailCraft.
Scupper-cicle.

Posted Sunday January 23, 2011 by Melinda Penkava


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