Bouncy Weather, Downtown Development

We had a strong thunderstorm last night that dropped several inches of rain. I don’t have my rain gauge out yet, but I’ll bet we had over two inches. The grass is starting to grow in the driveways, and everything looks very green in the valleys. Driving to work this morning was in and out of patches of thick fog and beautiful, sunny vistas.

The forecast is calling for 31 tonight, with the possibility of “less than half an inch of snow accumulation.” It is supposed to be in the low forties on Wednesday, so I doubt it will make travel difficulties, but I would never say never. It snowed like crazy on March 12th, which I’ll bet gave a lot of people qualms – that being the anniversary of the Great Blizzard of 1993, which started on the 12th and ended the next day with something like three feet of snow. Lucky for us, it wasn’t sticking last week.

I caught up on some of the buzz about downtown development today. The latest is that a 110 room Hampton Inn is said to be scheduled to for the large lot that the city is now using for parking. (The former Temple Baptist Church site, that’s next to the new Blue Ridge Station that’s under development now.) And I’m told that the Methodist Church deal has closed, which is said to be retail development on the ground floor, with perhaps apartments or lofts on the upper floors.

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