First real snowstorm in about a year

Yesterday (actually, mostly last night) we finally got some real snow here in Greater Boston.  So this morning when I got up, I actually had to do some shoveling.  Sadly, it was not really enough snow to make it worth the time to break out the little snow blower we own.

But one thing I noticed as I worked on the walk was that there was a thin layer of ice under the snow, maybe 1/2 inch to 3/4 of an inch.  Yesterday afternoon when it started snowing, it changed over to rain at least twice.  So once it really got cold, all that really wet snow just froze solid.  Today it didn’t even get over 26 degrees Fahrenheit, I think.  And the wind.  Whew!  Right now it is about 22 degrees with a wind chill of 10.

It was wet snow and the wind was blowing, so it stuck to everything.
It was wet snow and the wind was blowing, so it stuck to everything.

That’s Basil (our Mini Cooper) there on the right.  Basil was quite encased in snow.  It took me some time to chip off all the windows and brush some of the snow off the hood and roof.  And even then there was a thin layer of ice that made it really hard to open the doors.

But before it got trashed, all that snow covering sure was beautiful.

Completely unspoiled.  The gate was locked.
Completely unspoiled. The gate was locked.

This one was taken from the same spot as the photo I posted earlier this week.  You can see that the wind just blew the snow everywhere and it stuck to every surface it could.  It was cold at work.

Say what you will about all of the bad things about winter.  I love it.  I love the idea of having four distinct seasons.  And New England definitely has those.

Have a Happy New Year, everyone.  May it be a better one for all of us.

-Geoff

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