Snow! OMG! Asheville-area residents report on snow

When Snowpocalypse 2009 happened, Asheville Twitter Nation was ready with a hashtag: #AVLsnOMG, a tag even picked up by Progress Energy’s own Twitter account.

Using the snOMG tag and Twitter, we gathered a greatest-hits sampling of both the serious and the silly from over 40 pages of weekend Tweets from the City That Heat and Power Forgot. Here’s the worst WNC snowstorm in over 15 years, as it happened.

FRIDAY

Damn… #avlsnomg really happened #asheville #snow #weee post.ly/FSRV #avlnews
avlstreetstyle
quoting: h0zae

Snow report from Asheville: light to moderate snow falling, 1.5 to 2” on ground, could see a foot by tonight. #avlsnomg
mountainxpress
quoting: WBIRWeather

They just showed snowy Asheville on CNN’s Headline News. Cool #avlsnomg
h0zae
quoting: michaelfmuller

better make sure we have Kerosene for back up heat… fn power keeps flickering #avlsnomg
h0zae

It’s important to remember what’s important on a snowed in day like today….Bailey’s! #avlsnomg
alli_marshall

uh-oh. Power on and off. Please stay on. #avlsnomg
avlstreetstyle
quoting: Petulant

Ladies and gents, I think the situation is rapidly moving from #avlsnomg to #avlsnocalypse
DavidForbes

Two people on Merrimon just passed by using x country skis #avlsnomg
avlstreetstyle
quoting: bmt5000

Please don’t let us lose power. Please don’t let us lose power. Please don’t let us lose power. #avlsnomg @progressenergy
myweaverville

RT @Sponan: Just saw a red mustang gt on its side on i26. #avlsnomg
topfloorstudio
quoting: bruisinales

Flights canceled at Asheville Airport, power flickring in West Asheville, snow still coming. #avlnews #avlsnomg
mvwilliams

Red cross emergency shelter set up at Clyde Elementary School in Haywood County due to power outages there. #avlsnomg
mountainxpress

Caller on Matt Mittan show says she’s parked on I-40 east near Parker Padgett Road exit. she’s ready to stay the night. wow. #avlsnomg
mountainxpress

Matt Mittan show reporting the opening of two shelters in Buncombe County. Red Cross has already opened shelter in Clyde. #avlsnomg
mountainxpress

People are walking on major Asheville streets; driving in wrong direction; chaos, reports WWNC news dir. Jerri Jamison. #avlsnomg
mountainxpress

Seen: man skiing down Haywood St. Faster than a car at this point, I suppose. #avlsnomg #avlsnocalypse
DavidForbes

Christian Science Monitor calls Asheville storm a “monster storm.” tinyurl.com/yd6n8n8 #avlsnomg
mountainxpress

Leicster caller reporting blue “snow lightning,” says it’s beautiful. #avlsnomg
mountainxpress

ABC news calling this winter storm “The Storm of the Decade.” #avlsnomg
mountainxpress

we are still open, we got food, we got whiskey, we got staff, we got snowballs #avlsnomg
mountainxpress
quoting: Burgermeisters

Note to self: check to see if there’s little Snowpocalypse baby boom in September 2010. #avlsnomg
mountainxpress

SATURDAY

At 7:30 a.m., we have 62,000 customers no power due to #avlsnomg. 50k of those are in Buncombe Co. #avlnews #avlsnomg
mvwilliams
quoting: ProgressEnergy

Progress Energy down to about 11,800 customers w/o power (context: 1/3 of customers!). Outage map at bit.ly/61wd1l #avlsnomg
fobes

This #avlsnomg will be studied, and talked about for years to come. Folks, you are witnessing a historic event!
avlstreetstyle
quoting: coolcatplayer

got power, got coffee, don’t have to work! life’s good at the moment. #avlsnomg
avlstreetstyle
quoting: WNCAP

Just introduced 2 year old to snow cream. Yum! #avlsnomg
avlstreetstyle
quoting: RichOwings

Who has coffee and power? #avlsnomg myloc.me/2cpYF
avlstreetstyle
quoting: WNCAP

so #progressenergy says no power here in Oakley til almost 11pm. no heat, no power, super. #avlsnomg
avlstreetstyle
quoting: ssspoonah

seriously tho … where’s the coffee fairy? #avlsnomg
avlstreetstyle
quoting: RevDev

Riding down i-40. Someone was stuck in traffic so long they built a snowman in the median! milemarker 74! #avlsnomg
alli_marshall
quoting: jonathanammons

WCQS down since 6pm last night after High Top Mtn transistor went down. Backup generator also knocked out #avlsnomg #avlnews
mountainxpress

Power still out. Fridge stuff moved outdoors. About to make biscuits over the fire. #avlsnomg
myweaverville

Got word from friend on fb-friend of hers has been stuck in a snowbank top of old fort mtn 20 hours he’s diabetic #avlsnomg
itswendylou
quoting: marlamilling

SUNDAY

I’mWomanHearMeRoar! Freed minivan w/nothing but gardenrake dustpan & daughter-don’t need no stinkin’ snowshovel! #avlsnomg
avlstreetstyle
quoting: VisualPoetry

Guess next time I summon the Snow Gods to “bring it”, I must be specific about no friggin’ power outages clause #avlsnomg
fobes
quoting: artforthefolks

Cabin fever is such that the teenager has begun running outside barefoot in the snow.Trying to get me to do same.. #avlsnomg
fobes
quoting: tracyhyorth

ETA for power restoration: 11p Tues. Choosing to sleep on the floor in the office tonight. Heat over comfort #avlsnomg
fobes
quoting: myweaverville

ah… there is the soreness… #shovel #avlsnomg
h0zae

is it weird that the only info I ever got regarding Avl Blizzardpalooza was from a hashtag column on Twitter? #avlsnomg
jonelliston
quoting: Gnomeharvest

Send horse, please!! lol RT @ssspoonah: someone def rode a horse to westville and its tied up outside. amazing. #avlsnomg
fobes
quoting: bruisinales

28 hours without power, 48 hours without internet. #avlsnomg
SmithMillCreek
quoting: BrentN

Ouch.. DOT just plowed all the snow/ice back into the neighbors driveway, he just finished up… took out his mailbox too… #avlsnomg
h0zae

grateful that my power is on… twitter says people have been w/o power for up to 3 days? damn.. #avlsnomg
h0zae

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4 thoughts on “Snow! OMG! Asheville-area residents report on snow

  1. Dale

    Why does one have to go four days without Charter telephone and internet. I know some people are still without electric and I feel for them but telephone service is certainly needed. Charter makes all kinds of promises. Told me it would be on by 6 p.m. Monday…It is still not available four hours later.

  2. antonkolduny

    Typical of those who dropped the ball to make light of their failures.

  3. Just wondered

    Anyone know whose convertible that belongs to? What a great shot! Pretty much sums it all up. I’d like an “after” shot too, if possible.

  4. The Eurostar and Ebbsfleet?

    Did you hear about what happened with the Eurotrain services? They had problems because of the snow too, although the services were only reduced, not cancelled. I got back from holiday yesterday and we had taken the Eurotrain, so we missed the trouble.

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