October is known for its changing leaves, cool days, chilly nights and fog. One thing that probably doesn't come to mind when you think of October is snow.
While it's rare, October snows aren't unheard of in southwest and central Virginia.
Just last year, several hometowns, including Roanoke, Lynchburg and Blacksburg recorded flurries on October 28 and 29th. Flurries count as a trace.
If you're looking for something more than a few flying flurries, you'd have to go back to October 10th 1979, where .30" of snow fell in Roanoke.
The most snow ever recorded in Roanoke in October was the day before Halloween (Oct 30th) in 1925, where 2.0" of snow was measured.
Lynchburg tops Roanoke AND Blacksburg with the most snowfall in October when 2.4" fell on October 10, 1979. Lynchburg's records date back to the early 1900s.
The most October snow in Blacksburg was on October 26, 1962 with 1.5" recorded. In 2012, just under a half an inch of snow fell on the day before Halloween.
A trace of snow fell in Danville on October 28, 2008. Before then, you have to go back to 1980, 1962 and 1957 to measure snow in Danville.
Since Danville is typically much warmer than the mountains and even central Virginia, early season snow is hard to come by.