I woke this morning about 6:45 and putzed around the house a little while. Both dogs were still asleep, and I just left them snoozing while I did a few small tasks. Around 7:15 they began to stir and wanted to go outside. I opened the front door and saw . . .
You might want to enlarge that so you can see the streaks of snow falling. It was really, really coming down hard!! I couldn't see beyond my own yard because of the "wall" of snow descending!
There wasn't much on the ground yet. In the following picture, you can see that my truck was covered, but probably with just a half inch or so.
I was surprised because , while there was a forecast for rain/snow showers last night and today, I thought it would be rain. Yesterday was cool, in the 50s, today was to be in the 50s, and tomorrow is going to be in the 60s, so rain just seemed more likely.
Well, the dogs did their business, I took those pics, and then we came back in. I fed them, made coffee. I raised the shades so I could watch the snow, and really enjoyed it. Then I cleaned up and made coffee again. grrrrr. I left one component of the coffeemaker out, and had coffee and grounds all over the counter. OK, OK, it happens!
By 8:30, look what we had . . . .
I waded out into the driveway and measured it ... four inches! And it was still coming down hard. In the following pic you can see how high the snow is on the box. That is a wardrobe box that I slid down the stairs. I had planned to put it in the truck to go to the dumpster, but I'm glad it is there. It gives a good idea of the depth of the snow.
And now a couple more that are just for the heck of it, so show how pretty the snow is.
A couple days ago Allan and I were talking about the snow, weather and what we expect for this summer. I commented that it would be good to have one more good snow for the season, a couple feet, so that there are sufficient amounts for run-off to help avoid drought. Allan looked at me for a moment and said, "You mean snow on the mountain, right?" I said, "Yes, on the mountain." And I laughed. This morning, he reminded me of that conversation. I replied, "Yeah, but when I said that, I forgot that I live on the mountain now!!!"
I just checked, and today's high is supposed to be 48, tomorrow 63, and into the 70s for the following few days. This won't last long! But it will do good things higher on the mountain where it will last a little while, long enough to be run off later. It's all about adding moisture for the dry season. Already, just a few days ago, the forestry signs along the road said there was a high risk of fire.
OK, I'm off to do something productive. Have a good day today and a fun weekend, everyone!
PS added at 2:30 PM -
It is still snowing!! There have been some lulls from time to time, but bottom line is that it continues to come down. Earlier it was warm enough that some of it melted as evidenced by these two pictures of the snow sliding off the hand rails of the front steps.
You can see that at times it has been a lighter snow fall as I can see the next hill over.
But obviously, I still couldn't see far even then.
And if you notice, my truck is starting to lose it's shape under the snow. The earlier pictures showed the line on the roof, the windshield and the hood, but this one is almost indistinct.
And look at the bed of the truck ... it is getting filled! Now, there are some things in the bed right behind the cab, but farther back the bed is filled to about 8" below the top. I know a lot of that is drifted snow, but it still is a lot. My best guess at this time is that my house has had about 8-10 inches of snow. So far. Uh-huh. Glad I have plenty of food!! I have no idea where my snow boots are!!!!!!!
Wish me luck!!