I’d closed my post the other day mentioning that it had snowed and we had about 4 inches. A nice little layer to give a hint of winter to come and we expected it would be gone the next day, the way our previous little “hint” of winter had done a couple of weeks before.
Turns out I was a little ahead of myself in the presumption of a quick disappearance to the snow. When we got up the next morning, as daylight arrived through our big glass slider, I happened to be curled up in bed facing the other way. So when David said, “Did you see the snow?” I rolled over and deliberately looked out at the deck railing — the most obvious “measurement” of snow depth. Yikes! That 4 inches from the previous day now looked to be closer to a foot.
(I actually measured just a bit later in the morning and it was — at that time — just under 10 inches. And THEN it proceeded to snow for the rest of that day and night, and all the next day.)
Although it snowed nearly constantly for the rest of the weekend, it was mostly light, with small flakes, so it didn’t add up to as much as it could have, and it was hard to get a final depth since our reliable railing measurement system became less reliable as snow got blown off, brushed off, squished down by its own weight, and so on. If I had to guess, I’d say we got around 18″ total.
It was very handy that my dear old friend, Ursula, was visiting since she pitched right in — really above and beyond the call of duty! — and helped out with the shoveling. Given the extended “range” of the snowfall, we had to shovel the driveway several times, but the good news I guess is that meant we never were shoveling off the full 18 inches at one time!
The sun conveniently came out for a while on Sunday morning, so I was able to get some pretty shots before it clouded up and started snowing again. Just as we’d experienced when we first arrived here last February, they get the roads cleared very quickly. So for much of the weekend, driving was actually no problem and the snow didn’t affect either Ursula’s arrival Friday night or departure Sunday afternoon.
The next ten days are predicted to be sunny, snow-free, and I suspect my original expectation that the snow all disappears will prove correct, even though my timetable was obviously a bit off. And we’re the first to acknowledge there may certainly come a time when the arrival of 18 inches of snow in early November will be viewed with dread rather than joy, but for now we’re just enjoying the beauty, appreciating the dry roads and sunny days, and having a blast with this early taste of winter. More pictures below — hope you enjoy them!