Here’s how you saw the first big snow of 2016


Submitted photo | Kristin Howell - Sledding got started early Friday afternoon in Lansing for these two youngsters, Whitley Younger and Piper Jordan.


Submitted photo | Casey Richardson - The New River flows by Sheets Bridge with chunks of ice floating along for the ride.


Submitted photo | Kristen Talbert-Dunagan - Even the dogs got out to enjoy this first big snow fall of 2016.


Submitted photo | Angela Graham - A beautiful sunrise seen from Nathan’s Creek School Road.


Submitted photo | Allison Shoemake - Snow covered the ground all over Ashe County by daybreak on Friday.


(Photo submitted) Forecasters are predicting an additional two inches of snowfall through end of day Saturday.


(Photo submitted) Garnett Rose Soap Company shared this photo of an Ashe County creek on Twitter Jan. 21.


ASHE COUNTY-All things considered, Ashe County has weathered the season’s first major snowstorm with relative ease.

That despite parts of the county being covered under more than a foot of snow. The highest snowfall total reported to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as of Saturday morning was 15.5 inches in Clifton.

But that wasn’t even close to the region’s highest reported snowfall total of 19 inches in Smyth County, VA, according to NOAA.

“Roads look pretty good considering,” Ashe County Manager Sam Yearick said Saturday. “We have the best DOT in North Carolina.”

Ashe County Sheriff James Williams said emergency personnel across the county were responding to an uptick in wrecks, and the snow was making it difficult for medics to reach some parts of Ashe. Williams said a tracked Argo snowmachine had been used to respond to at least one call.

And Blue Ridge Electric was reporting no power outages across its entire multi-county service area as of early afternoon on Saturday.

NOAA said Ashe County could receive another two inches of snowfall through end of day Saturday, and was expecting to lift the High Country’s winter storm warning by 6 a.m. Sunday.

We’ve uploaded some of our favorite winter storm shots but we’d love to see yours. Email Adam Orr at [email protected] or share them with the Jefferson Post’s Facebook page.

Submitted photo | Kristin Howell – Sledding got started early Friday afternoon in Lansing for these two youngsters, Whitley Younger and Piper Jordan.
http://jeffersonpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_12631329_10153842883720420_6963251111003345433_n.jpgSubmitted photo | Kristin Howell – Sledding got started early Friday afternoon in Lansing for these two youngsters, Whitley Younger and Piper Jordan.

Submitted photo | Casey Richardson – The New River flows by Sheets Bridge with chunks of ice floating along for the ride.
http://jeffersonpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_12552961_10153843283325420_3472560642492138331_n.jpgSubmitted photo | Casey Richardson – The New River flows by Sheets Bridge with chunks of ice floating along for the ride.

Submitted photo | Kristen Talbert-Dunagan – Even the dogs got out to enjoy this first big snow fall of 2016.
http://jeffersonpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_12552691_10153843460815420_4293118960313317526_n.jpgSubmitted photo | Kristen Talbert-Dunagan – Even the dogs got out to enjoy this first big snow fall of 2016.

Submitted photo | Angela Graham – A beautiful sunrise seen from Nathan’s Creek School Road.
http://jeffersonpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_12400838_10153842816250420_3768628345346211186_n.jpgSubmitted photo | Angela Graham – A beautiful sunrise seen from Nathan’s Creek School Road.

Submitted photo | Allison Shoemake – Snow covered the ground all over Ashe County by daybreak on Friday.
http://jeffersonpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_12541015_10153842816075420_1070135416028585514_n.jpgSubmitted photo | Allison Shoemake – Snow covered the ground all over Ashe County by daybreak on Friday.

(Photo submitted) Forecasters are predicting an additional two inches of snowfall through end of day Saturday.
http://jeffersonpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_MoreSnow.jpg(Photo submitted) Forecasters are predicting an additional two inches of snowfall through end of day Saturday.

(Photo submitted) Garnett Rose Soap Company shared this photo of an Ashe County creek on Twitter Jan. 21.
http://jeffersonpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_TwitterSnow.jpg(Photo submitted) Garnett Rose Soap Company shared this photo of an Ashe County creek on Twitter Jan. 21.
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