There's no doubt those of us living in northern Minnesota expect snow in the winter time, but this is crazy. To get two heavy dumpings of wet snow because Mother Nature decided the thermostat should be set right at or just above freezing? Not nice, Mother Nature.
Last night we got our second "warm" snow of the season. The temperature hovered right around 32 degrees so the snow fell in just about the wettest state it could possibly be.
Today the temp is at 34 degrees and it's been drizzling since about 7 a.m. After being out clearing paths and doing a LOT of shoveling for about two hours, not only was my down chore jacket soaked, but the falling moisture had gone right through to my sweatshirt and turtleneck which I had to strip off and put in the dryer when I came in.
Above is Papa Pea shoveling the path to the bird feeder. He and our good neighbor to the east conferred and decided it wouldn't be wise to plow the driveways until the rain stops and the temperature drops. Clearing off the snow now will allow the falling moisture to form glaze ice on any plowed surface when the temp does drop. Of course, there's the chance that when the super-saturated snow freezes, it will be like trying to plow wet cement. Six of one, half a dozen of another.
This afternoon Papa Pea will make a pass or two up and down our driveway with the tractor so if we had to drive out, we could do so. Good neighbor D (we plow his driveway, too) will do the same on his driveway with his ASV.
I sure hope this is the last time this winter we get such unusual conditions. No fun (are you listening, Mother Nature?), I say no fun shoveling snow when you toss a shovelful away . . . and it all sticks to the shovel!
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