Last week we had a real taste of spring time. Daytime temps soared up into the 40s (stop laughing), we had sunny days and it was amazing how much of our snow melted.
We had a large puddle of water growing in the middle of our pond. More than half of our driveway was down to the gravel. Several of my raised garden beds were free of snow and a lot of (nearly) green grass could be seen on our lawn area.
Then this past weekend the weather reports started warning of a big snow and ice storm headed our way. Very early this morning (Tuesday) around 1 a.m. the storm was to start. Nope, a change was issued. It wasn't going to start until 4 a.m. No evidence of any precipitation then either.
After dawn, we had a little freezing drizzle and a couple of snowflakes around breakfast time. At noon it did start to snow. Lightly. We've seen a couple of periods of heavier snowfall on and off now for most of the afternoon and early evening.
Around 6 p.m. I went out on our deck with shovel to see how much accumulation we had.
Oops, the shovel would take off only the top layer of a couple of inches. It was all icy crystals underneath.
Our daughter stopped on her way home to report the roads were extremely slippery. She drove with her 4-wheel drive engaged, but even so went slightly diagonally at times. Yep, a good night to be home warm and safe.
The current forecast is for the snow (or ice or sleet or possibly rain) to continue until tomorrow afternoon.
Even so, the snow now falling will have to have a real burst of energy in order to drop the 16-18" they are saying we may get.
March. It's such an exciting, depressing, confusing month. According to the calendar, spring may have arrived but in Minnesota the month doesn't know it.
As Garrison Keillor, a well-known Minnesotan, is quoted as having said:
March is the month
God created to show people
who don't drink
what a hangover is like.