Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Unexpected Snow

I was going to pick the kids up on Saturday, it was a beautiful, sunny day out, and as I was driving I noticed there were a lot of squirrels out, way more than usual, and they seemed to be working rather urgently. I thought to myself, I wonder if they know something we don't, looks like they're getting ready for blizzard! The weather forecast was typical for December in the Northeast; 1-2 inches of snow later changing into rain. It happens that way every year, sometimes the snow is even gone by noon and replaced with cold, wet, miserable rain. But not this time!

So I woke up Sunday (afternoon *cough*) to a text from my friend Chris in New Jersey. "Are you watching the Eagles game? Holy crap!" I sprung up and ran to the window and was shocked to see everywhere covered in a blanket of snow. We had 6 inches in just a few hours and a little over 8 1/2" at the airport when all was said and done. Evan wanted to play in the snow, so I headed over to the Lambert's house. Little did I know, a journey of just 8 miles would take 90 minutes! The roads, including the highways were a solid sheet of ice. Cars were struggling to make it up hills, and there were accidents and spin outs everywhere. I think so much snow feel so fast that there wasn't a chance to clear it. So by the time I got to see the kids, it was already dark out. No matter, Evan and Eliana got all dressed up in their snow gear and we headed off to the local park to do some sledding. It was Eliana's first time and she loved it. We stayed out until all the other kids had gone home and they still wanted to keep going. I remember when I was their age I would stay out in the snow long after the street lights had come on, and by the time I got home I would be crying because my hands were nearly frost bitten. 

Then yesterday it snowed again, we got another 3-4 inches. A sign of things to come?  We only had 8 inches all last winter. We had more snow than Buffalo, NY the winter before that, so who knows? Certainly not the weatherman!