'Full Pond Day' at SML Highlights Lake's 50th Anniversary

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

logo-50MONETA - Fifty years ago, on March 7, 1966, Smith Mountain Lake reached full pond. The Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce will be celebrating the anniversary with a variety of events. Below is an outline of what's in store...

Objective: Hold a celebratory event to mark the 50th anniversary of Smith Mountain Lake reaching “full pond” for the first time 50 years ago (March 7, 1966).

Date/Time: Mon., March 7, 2016, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Venue: Smith Mountain Lake State Park, Discovery Center, 2679 Interpretive Trail, Huddleston

Invited guests: Federal, state and county officials, Va. Department of Historic Resources, 50th Anniversary Steering and Historic Committees, media and community members.


Several Inches of Snow Likely Tonight

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Rocky Mount, VA - Just as the snow melts away from our last stormy period, another winter storm is on the way for all of Franklin County tonight (Wed). 

The National Weather Service has a Winter Storm Warning in effect for Franklin County and areas to the south for 3-5" of snow overnight. 

rgem mslp pcpn frzn seus 7The system nearing the area is moving on a more southern track than usual, with the heaviest snow expected just along and north of the low track: this time in North Carolina, with a few heavy bands possible as far north as Franklin and Henry Counties tonight. 

Local amounts of 4-8" are possible in the area if heavier bands of snow do indeed develop. We will be north of the low center and underneath the upper support for the storm, in the storm's deformation zone. Within that zone, the air rises fast, and precip rates increase, so higher amounts are possible tonight depending on where the bands form exactly.

Snow should start by 10 p.m. tonight and start to taper off during the early morning Thursday.

Another system will approach the area this weekend, but models are keeping the moisture to the west of us until Monday/Tuesday of next week, when ice is possible.