Two days ago, weather reports suggested we might have a trace to a half an inch of snow last night.
Yesterday evening at sunset, predictions were that we might get two to four inches.
Near midnight, the possible snow total was raised to five to six inches.
A weather event had “blown up” and nailed us. Here’s a still from an infrared satellite image loop of that time period.
Thank you, University of Washington, for your excellent weather pages. If you like “this sort of thing”, here’s a link: http://www.atmos.washington.edu/~ovens/loops/
We woke to see almost eight inches of snow on our deck.
That’s what the tape measure said.
There’s nothing like an unexpected spring snow.
In some ways it’s a pain.
You have to shovel the driveway.
The snow is beautiful on the trees, bushes, and brambles.
This morning’s outing to clear the road brought a special treat…getting to see an otter slide in the bottomland near the Tiasquam River.
In the compressed snow of the slide were some nice, strong tracks of otter feet.
The local flock of feral turkeys passed through.
I don’t know why, but often, a snowstorm will depart at dawn, or soon afterwards. Clearing usually comes from the west, so the blue sky comes to meet the sun.
Sun glints off dormer windows.
On the way home, I stopped by the house I grew up in, where my daughter and her family are living now.
And got the enjoy the grandfatherly pleasure of seeing a certain small boy and his baby brother look out a a new-white world.