Winter on Chincoteague
The Big Snow of January, 2010
we are asked about the winters and snow on Chincoteague. While snow is not an uncommon event,
significant accumulations are unusual. These pictures are were taken during, not after the
January 30, 2010 snow storm. The wind was blowing from 20 to 35 miles per hour
and we had 11 inches of accumulation when the snow stopped late
that evening. It was hard to estimate the actual accumulation because of the
wind and drifting. Some areas had little or no snow and others had 4 foot
drifts. These pictures were taken in the early afternoon.
A view of
Main Street and the Misty statue in the Downtown Park
ponies at the Refuge Motel. Most of the snow on them was blown from the trees they
were standing under.
boats in the harbor were covered with snow as was the ramp
and Grasses on the south end of Chincoteague
In The National Wildlife Refuge
The following were taken the day after the snowfall
Great Egret hiding in the snow as Blue Heron fishes to the right.
grazing in the snow while Snow Geese look for an opening in the ice to land,
Ice sickles hanging from a pine tree in the Park
And on the Third Day in the Fields on the Mainland
Snow Geese on the mainland two days after the snowstorm
and then there was January, 1984 with the F/V Montauk stuck in the ice just
south of the channel bridge