On a chilly July afternoon, a group of about a dozen people gather for a late-night breakfast at Lake Powell.
The gathering is an annual gathering in which members of a family and friends gather for fun and recreation.
But last weekend, that tradition was interrupted by a blizzard.
The snow-covered hills of East Virginia’s capital city, Charleston, were blanketed in snow.
It was the snowiest winter in years.
The storm, which brought the blizzard to an end, killed at least nine people, including a baby girl and two adults.
“It’s a pretty quiet day,” said Michael DeWitt, an elder of the community.
“We’re not really used to it.”
DeWitt and his neighbors gathered around a fire and a small campfire, watching the blizzards for signs of the approaching storm.
“There were definitely people here that didn’t think it was going to hit, but it did,” DeWett said.
“It’s just been a really big deal for a while.”
On the day of the blustery arrival, the Lake Powells were just one of dozens of camping spots across the state.
Some had been opened since the blommer came ashore, while others had only opened recently.
It’s a sign of the times, said Michael Tompkins, a retired Army veteran and volunteer camp counselor for the group, the Eastside Camping Society.
“We are in an era of climate change and we have to prepare to be able to deal with it,” Tompicks said.
Tompkins said he expects to see more of the same in the coming years, especially if the climate continues to warm.
“I think we’re going to see a lot more of people being out there,” Toms said.
The weather forecast for the day is light.
But the cold winds could keep the snow and sleet out of the park and keep it out of most of the campground, which is mostly located along the Potomac River.
“The river is going to continue to be a factor,” Tons said.
For now, the snow is starting to settle and some of the snowshoes and camp chairs are starting to warm up.
There’s a little bit of a chill on the ground and a lot of people are still getting warm.
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