Thursday we saw temperatures in the 60s (about 16C) Yesterday it rained ALL day and we had temperatures in the high 50s (about 14C).
This meant that all the snow was gone. I went outside yesterday and took all the Christmas decorations out of the ground and off the back railings. I was sinking into the mud. When I drove to the grocery store there was a lot of flooding. It was crazy to see the water just pouring out of the woods. On my drive there are a few homes that have small brooks at the edge of their property, these we not small brooks anymore… more like river rapids.
They had been forecasting the storm for a few days. We were going to have more than 24 hours of rain that would then change to a wintery mix around the evening commute Friday and then into snow. This is a dangerous mix. They were predicting that we would have black ice with 3-6 inches of snow on top…. eek!
Richard of course was in downtown Pittsburgh (about 30 min away on a good day) and had a meeting until 5pm. Typically he stays at work until about 6:20pm because the traffic home starts to slow down around that time. I was pushing him to leave earlier than normal. He did finish his meeting early, but didn’t leave because the traffic was worse than normal at that time… I guess everyone was heeding the warning of the bad road conditions starting at that time. He and I were both watching the road conditions and weather reports. He left earlier than his normal time, and made it home safely. It wasn’t slick at all yet on the roads, and was actually still raining at that time. As he entered the town we live it was just barely starting to switch over to a wintery mix.
When Richard walked the dog last night around 9:45 it had already switched to snow and had accumulated about 1/4 an inch.
This morning we woke up to snow! I was the first one downstairs, I think Blake was already awake, but in his room. I love being the first one downstairs on the weekend (I’m always the first one down on a work/school day). There is something enjoyable of the quiet and peace of those moments. Today I pulled the cinnamon roll out of the fridge and prepared to finish prepping that for breakfast. Made myself a coffee (chocolate donuts coffee with chocolate caramel creamer) and pulled out my camera. My birds are out on the feeder. I need to get out and toss seed for my ground feeders, but I didn’t bring my boots downstairs.
I love the look of snow before there are any footprints. Before the shoveling has occurred. Before life takes over the peacefulness of it. There is something quiet about a snow covered world. So this morning I decided to enjoy my snow covered world while my family rested quietly in their rooms. Before I had to shovel. Before the snow fun and work began. I will take that moment and lock it away as a memory.