In 1972 (I think), I was in
Petersburg, Va. at the prison there. I traveled
back to Alderson every Friday and returned on
Sunday. Not the greatest arrangement but my wife
was working at the women's, prison in Alderson.
I got a phone call from her about 10:00am, she
told me not to come in, that Governor
Rockefeller had sent all the WV state employees
home in anticipation of the Storm of the
I spent the rest of the day fretting and about
3:00 in the afternoon I decided I was going to
get on the road and I called my wife and
announced it. My Mom lived near Lexington and I
could always find refuge at her house. In
Addition I drove a VW Camp mobile and if the
worst came I could roll into my sleeping-bag
along the road.
Interstate 64 was clear to Afton Mountain and I
stopped for gas the sky was ominous looking but
there was no sigh of snow and then, a lone snow
flake settled down at the base of the Gas Pump.
It lay there and then the wind moved it away but
the it came back. I watched intently and in a
few seconds it melted and went away.
That was the intent of the Rockefeller 'Storm of
the Century." Northern states did get a lot of
snow that weekend