The weather here in Blacksburg is anything but docile. You could find yourself sunbathing prior to the first football game of the season, grabbing your winter coat in early October or stomping through a whopping 5+ inches of snow in early April.
Fall in the New River Valley can hold some of the most spectacular weather contrasts in the country. Cold fronts tend to move quickly through the area bringing a quick end to the summer heat while also providing fuel to one of the most menacing weather phenomenons Blacksburg has to offer: wind.
Wind whistling across the Drillfield in excess of 30 miles per hour is a common occurrence on campus during the late fall and early winter. And once the wind starts blowing, frigid wind chills and the first snowflakes are soon to follow.
Snow is usually not a concern during the early fall semester. Flurries begin to make appearances in late October, with the first accumulating snowfall occurring sometime after Thanksgiving. While snow-days are all but non-existent in college, the first snow is a celebrated treat as it brings the annual Civilian vs. Corp snowball fight.
While college life may start becoming repetitive from week to week, it’s a guarantee that Mother Nature will always have a few unexpected tricks up her sleeve when it comes to Blacksburg weather.