“Even in winter an isolated patch of snow has a special quality.”

Snow is coming. It will start this afternoon and go all night. The sky already has the look of snow about it. It is quite cold and will get colder. Yesterday I filled the bird feeders. Today I have a few things to pick up, and I assume I’ll be jockeying with the bread and milk crowd for a parking space. It always astounds me that everyone is out of bread and milk just before the snow falls. It must be a cultural phenomenon.

The weather men are hedging their forecasts. One station predicts between 8 and 10 inches while the other says between 8 and 12. The only thing they agree on is the Cape will get more snow than the rest of the state. Oh joy!

I remember when I was a kid hoping for a snow day. I’d watch the snow fall looking through the picture window in the living room. A street light was just at the bottom of the front lawn, and I’d watch the snow fall in the light. It was always so pretty glinting as it fell. In those days, the TV didn’t scroll the closed schools, but the fire station in town blew the signal early in the morning. When I was older, in high school in a different town, I had to listen to the radio to find out if my school was closed. It never mattered how old I was, a day off from school was cause for celebration. It was like an unexpected present.

My dad never let a snow storm slow him down. He always went to work. He’d get up early and shovel to the car then clear it to get it on the road. In the old days he had chains on his tires then when they went out of style, he had snow tires put on his car at the start of every winter. The other tires were stored in the cellar waiting for better weather. We lived on a hill, and it was tough going up and down. About in the middle the hill rose a bit, and that’s where cars would slide going up. Sometimes going down was so slippery cars would take the side road and avoid the hill altogether. For us kids, a no school day meant a day sledding on the hill. I can still remember the excitement of holding the sled, running, jumping on and speeding down that hill. We had the joy of flying.

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12 Comments on ““Even in winter an isolated patch of snow has a special quality.””

  1. im6 Says:

    I’m certain it’s just a oversight on your part, but you failed to mention today’s big occasion (which I’m sure you’re celebrating):
    http://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/squirrel-appreciation-day/

  2. olof1 Says:

    Schools never close because of snow here but that won’t help if the school busses don’t go 🙂 Back in the days kids had to go to school no matter what but now days it happens every now and again that the roads are sen as to dangerous to drive on and then kids either stay at home or their parents drive them to school. Most seems to stay at home though 🙂

    Clear sky right jow and I can see loads of stars but the wind keeps me indoors. I love watching stars but I have no urge to freeze to death while doing it 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      There are so many busses here and not enough plows. If the roads aren’t cleared they’ll be no school, and the prediction is for a foot of snow. It will snow all night until 1 tomorrow afternoon.

      I just watch the snow fall!

      Have a great evening!

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Bob the Squirrel?

    I had scheduled a Peapod delivery for tomorrow morning but when I heard the projected snow accumulations last night, I rescheduled. I knew I would not be shoveled out by that hour of the morning. It’s coming Friday. I should be clear by then. But I did make a run to the post office and the little store for junk food. Must have junk food if snow is involved.

    It’s snowing out now. It doesn’t look particularly light and fluffy. It looks icy. I just heard that your part of the state is expecting 10 to 12 inches. Up here is supposed to get less. Don’t know how much less.
    57 days until spring.

    Enjoy Spawn Appreciation Day. I must remember to put that in my calendar for next year. Don’t want to miss it. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I picked up a prescription then went and bought some anise cookies at the bakery and also bought a cappachino. It has been snowing since 1 though there isn’t a whole lot on the ground yet. That will happen tonight.

      That was smart rescheduling Peapod. My plow guy won’t be here until late afternoon when the snow finally stops. The snow looks light from here but I’m not going out to check it-too cold.

      You’ll have to remind me!

      Stay cozy and warm!!

      • Caryn Says:

        And after all that hype, the snow stopped in the wee hours of the morning. We got 3 inches of fluff that I swept away with the broom.
        Bombogenesis, my big toe. 🙂

      • katry Says:

        Caryn,
        It wasn’t a bust here. We probably have 10 or 11 inches, but it is difficult to figure out because of the drifting. The world is a snow land.

  4. Bob Says:

    One of my coworkers had his flight to New Jersey cancelled this morning due to the snow storm on the East coast. The training center was closed due to about twelve inches of snow on the ground. This seems to be an unusually cold and stormy winter or maybe the past few winters were unusually mild.

    Of course people head to the grocery store for milk and bread because they know that they may not be able to dig out for a few days and their family will be home with them devouring the milk and bread. 🙂

    Today was mild with temperatures in the upper 40s and clear skies. We are way behind in rain fall and could use some precipitation as long as it’s not the frozen variety.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      We’ll be getting those 12 inches during the night into tomorrow. Right now we have only about 4 inches on the ground even though it has been snowing since 1.

      It is really only our second snow storm of the season but it will be a doozy.

      I went out to pick up a prescription and there weren’t that many cars on the road as the snow had already started. The main roads were down to pavement but the side roars were a bit slippery. It was 18˚ when I was out.

      10 inches of snow equals 1 inch of rain according to the weatherman. Luckily we have had plenty of rain to make up for the lack of snow.

      Snow all night-I can barely wait!


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