A great partnership

Published 10:50 pm Friday, January 24, 2014

There’s an old saying about the weather in Tidewater that goes something like this: If you don’t like the weather here, just wait a bit; it will change soon.

Well, we’re waiting, but it doesn’t look as if there’s much change on the horizon. Temperatures on Friday night were expected to fall near 10 degrees, with the wind chill values below zero. The National Weather Service was forecasting high temperatures in the low 40s for the weekend, but low temperatures are expected to be in the 20s through Monday and dipping into the teens again late Tuesday and early Wednesday.

Combined with snow on the ground, the weather conditions prompted an unexpected mid-winter break for schools in Suffolk, sending parents around the city scrambling for last-minute daycare and jumbling the exam schedules in Suffolk’s high schools.

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But folks in Suffolk know how to make the best of a situation, and they responded to the cold and snow by heading outside with their children and their cameras. Many of them shared the results of their forays into the Virginia tundra with the Suffolk News-Herald, and we published a popular page of photos on Thursday, with even more online at our Facebook page.

The best community newspapers put great stock in the partnership they have with the communities they serve. Whether the Suffolk News-Herald is one of the best community newspapers is something we will leave to our readers to decide. But we do cherish the partnership, and your response to our call for snow photos tells us that it’s important to you, as well.

Whether we’re bundling up against an Arctic vortex or cleaning up after a twister, the Suffolk News-Herald is a proud member of this community, and we could hardly be more pleased with the relationship than we have been this week.

But you don’t have to wait for snow to show us your view of life in Suffolk. If you see something you think your neighbors might find interesting, snap a photo and send it to news@suffolknewsherald.com. We love to see Suffolk through the eyes of Suffolkians. Whether it’s 10 degrees outside or 100.