Winter Makes a Statement

Winter rode in on a moving front of changing weather mid-week.  Forecasters had been talking about snow and moving the forecasted amounts up and down with the weather models.  They settled on 4-8 inches yesterday.

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It’s likely hit 6 inches by now, but looks like a lot more snow…

It started to snow yesterday afternoon, slowly and gently.  Usually a winter storm that drops significant snow comes up the coast like a hurricane would in the summer, bringing high winds as well.  Not so this time.

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Another weather pattern that seems to be changing is that storms coming from the west used to drop most of their snow in the mountains.  Alas, the new pattern seems to be of storms coming across the southern plains and the south and then slowly veering north a bit.  I think somehow they maintain their moisture.

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I think it’s pretty heavy and wet.

It has snowed through most of the day, sometimes harder than others, and is picking up again with more and faster falling flakes.

I walked around just to see how the roads were and who was out–and to take pictures.  There were lots of kids at the sledding hill.  I didn’t take photos because I didn’t know any of the parents.

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It’s hanging out in leafless bushes (these are euonymous, or burning bush) as well as on evergreens.

The nearby businesses were clearing their walks and parking lot with snow blowers

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I think this is actually supposed to finish the blown walks, but I know little about snow equipment…

and little John Deere snow plows.

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I still get a kick out of these because they look like toys and great fun…

Time to settle in and enjoy with cocoa and marshmallows.

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42 Responses to Winter Makes a Statement

  1. The world changes when the snow falls doesn’t it Lisa – it’s so pretty even if wet and slushy 🙂 Those little snow ploughs do look like we could hop on board and have some fun……. I’m glad you got out into it for a bit.

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  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Fresh snow is always a lovely sight. Not so much fun to shovel though!

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  3. It looks so peaceful, Lisa. I’m glad you took some video, too. I hope you fully enjoyed a quiet, contemplative Sunday. Will you remain at home or do you have to drag yourself in to the office without pay? Gorgeous photos!

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    • arlingwoman says:

      I’m not going in. If I were, I’d likely be teleworking tomorrow, since it looks like the whole government’s going to be shut down. It’s still snowing, so we’re going for a foot.

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      • I can hardly believe this shutdown continues to drag on, but given who’s in charge, I shouldn’t be surprised. I hope we can find our way forward sooner than later. I hope, too, that a law passes, too paying government employees for work served, regardless of any future shutdown.

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  4. tonytomeo says:

    If snow must be cleared from the roads and sidewalks before it melts, where does it go?

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    • arlingwoman says:

      Depends on how much there is. Usually it gets piled up in a corner. Sometimes it has to be hauled away in trucks and piled up in some out of the way government owned parking lot or dumped in a river…It usually melts fast here. This will likely be gone by the end of the week (except for piles), but in places like Boston, a big pile can still be around in July.

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      • tonytomeo says:

        July!? That is crazy! If I lived on a corner, I would not want all that stuff at my curb! Snow sure looks compelling, but I am glad that I do not need to contend with it. Much of the water supply in California is stored as snow in the Sierra Nevada where most of us who use it do not see it.

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      • arlingwoman says:

        Ah, a pile that lasted until July would be bigger than a street corner–somewhere like a junk yard or a parking lot. No worries there!

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  5. Sylvie Ge says:

    Fresh snow always gives a moment of silence, a moment of silence, but I have not seen any for a long time. Hope you had a day off out of it.

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  6. KerryCan says:

    Yikes–so weird that you have lots more snow than we do, up here at the Canadian border! I guess this is one tiny benefit of the government shutdown–you don’t have to go out in that weather. Cold comfort . . .

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  7. Looks like Maine! Glad there were no high winds. Always hate that as it can mean power outages, depending on how hard the wind blows.

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  8. Maria says:

    Lovely snowy landscapes!

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  9. It always looks so beautiful when other people have snow. Not so keen on it when we have it. 🙂

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  10. Lavinia Ross says:

    The snow is beautiful, Lisa! No snow here yet. I hear from relatives back in the northeast another polar vortex is coming in tonight, with single digits in the forecast.

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    • arlingwoman says:

      I’m not looking forward to that, but I have the clothes! That polar vortex thing is crazy cold. I have to wrap my face to go out. AND it seems to bleed into what would normally be spring–March and April! So I guess, winter is settling in for a while. The snow is pretty, so if we get more in small amounts, I’ll not complain. But tomorrow we’re supposed to get rain, lots of rain, maybe wintry mix, then the polar vortex blows in Sunday. Never a dull moment!

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  11. Wow, that certainly looks like a lot of snow! I’m a bit further south so we haven’t had any snow this year yet, although I see temperatures dropping this weekend. Hope you can stay inside and warm!

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  12. Mary Tang says:

    We are having a series of heatwaves so it is magical to see your snow.

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  13. That’s a lot of snow, Lisa, though I must say that since I first read your post and today, we have a lot more up here in S. Ontario! I have been hiding indoors….

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  14. arlingwoman says:

    Stay in and enjoy looking out at it. I find it very peaceful and calming–especially if I don’t have to be somewhere!

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  15. Catwoods says:

    I really enjoyed your beautiful snow pictures! It’s easy for me to admire snow since I rarely have to contend with it. Our only chance of snow this year fizzled. I’ve been through a few big snowstorms in the past and I do know it’s a challenge if you have to go out in it.

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  16. Boomdeeadda says:

    Hey ho Lisa ! Looks more like Canada on this day. I actually enjoy days when it snows gently, but being this far north, we usually get some kind of crazed Arctic wind along with it. We’re still in the winter mode here, but might actually get a 32 F day this week ! February was banana’s and the coldest in 40 years…hooray! LOL. Hope all is well with you and we both see spring ASAP xk

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    • arlingwoman says:

      hey! great to hear from you! I imagine up where you are, 32 eels like spring. It’s close to 50 here today, so I’m happy. Just back from a visit to my sick family! Brother had quadruple bypass surgery and mother fractured her femur. Both getting well now! Whew!

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      • Boomdeeadda says:

        My gosh, a quadruple bypass !! That is very serious. Wishing your bro a good recovery. I looked up Femur as I wasn’t entirely certain where about that was in the body. Geez hey, that’s a tough one. Did your mom fall on ice?

        I’m betting your in your garden any day now. There’s still 4-5 feet of snow in the yard. All the snow from the patio is shovelled onto the back lawn. There’s not much sun there as it faces east, so it melts super slow. Cheers dear xk

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      • arlingwoman says:

        Yeah, basically they replaced Mom’s hip to repair the fracture. She’s doing really well and Scott starts his cardio rehab in a couple weeks. 4-5 feet!!!!! I couldn’t live up there. Too cold and dark. It’s pretty warm again today, but supposed to go bak to 40s and 50s on the weekend. We’ll see!!

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