The First Real Snow of the Season

The weatherman was predicting lake effect snow beginning Thursday afternoon and going on throughout the night and the next day. For those of you not living in Michigan or near the influence of any of the Great Lakes, lake effect snow could mean no snow at all or up to a foot within a 12 hour period. I’m sure that meteorologists love working in this part of the country where predicting the weather is pretty much a crapshoot.

A winter’s night – view from the window

It seemed difficult to believe. It wasn’t too cold when I left for work Thursday morning – maybe in the upper 30’s(F)? However, by the early afternoon the temperature began dropping and the day got cold and grey and rainy.

The rain first changed to slush and then to snow. The snow could either be blinding or dwindle down to nothing. When it finally stopped on Friday evening I was a little disappointed to see that we had only got about 2 inches on the ground. Because it started as rain and turn to snow overnight, the roads were  icy driving to work in the morning.

From rain to ice overnight- and a few pots that I still haven’t brought in.

It always amazes me how people totally forget how to drive in the snow from year to year.  There were several fender-benders and slide-offs into ditches from folks driving too fast on icy streets. But by the time I left work Friday evening everything was dry and drivable.

The snow trampled by little squirrel feet and cat paws.

But two inches isn’t really much snow for around here. Today it’s already starting to look beat up and showing through to the ground beneath. The temperature is keeping to the 20’s – it’s definitely winter.

At least I remembered to plug-in the bird bath to unfreeze their drinking water.

The only birds not worried about the snow.


About Jill-O

a girl who likes lakes, trees and critters; making an attempt at living the artistic life.
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One Response to The First Real Snow of the Season

  1. We’re getting snow, too. We’re supposed to get a couple inches by tomorrow, then on Tuesday, we could get even more than that. i hope we get a snow day off from school. I like your photos. That ice made me shiver, though. I’m glad we didn’t have rain first. We do sometimes, and have icy streets like you did.

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