We knew early last week a winter storm was coming our way. And on Friday, a blizzard warning went up for southside Virginia. It extended onto the Peninsula, getting as close to us as Hampton. But local meteorologists still weren’t saying too much about Williamsburg. Yet.
A little after midnight, the first flurries started to fall. And it wasn’t long before the Historic Area was transformed into a winter wonderland. The taverns, lamp posts, and even the sheep were soon be buried under more than a foot of snow! Yes, we know this might be common for our fans up north but for us, this was an epic way to start the season.
Almost immediately after the sun came up, the pictures started coming in from local photographers brave enough to set their alarms and venture out into the storm. The first was sent in by Shannon Schojan—a playful wrestling match on Palace Green—barely visible through the falling snow.
Just a couple hours later, we received this picture from Lisa Martin Lee—a scene so peaceful, you could almost imagine yourself stepping into into it to join her for a stroll down Duke of Gloucester Street. The image was immediately liked and shared by thousands of people Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
In addition to content from the community, our own Colonial Williamsburg photographers were busy sending in amazing shots. The clear winner was this gorgeous image from Senior Photographer Dave Doody—a vibrant splash of red in a sea of white.
Dave and fellow CW photographers Tom Green and Darnell Vennie hit the streets again Sunday before the sun was even up and as you can see, with the frigid temperatures, the snow hadn’t even begun to melt! The sun, glistening off the snow and icicles that had formed overnight.
But enough chatting. I know what you’re really here for! Please, scroll through our gallery of highlights from our amazing photogs, and let us know which is your favorite. You can also support the Foundation (and spruce up your office or home!) by ordering prints of these snowy images and others taken during the storm. Here’s a link to our complete gallery!
“BEST OF” WINTER STORM HELENA
(Sunday, January 8)
We again want to extend our sincerest thanks to ALL of the fabulous photographers who contributed to social media posts throughout the storm: Dave Doody, Darnell Vennie, Tom Green, Wayne Reynolds, Victor M. Rosello, Shannon Schojan, and Lisa Martin Lee!