Organizing for a Spring Snowstorm ~ Where I live we can have some interesting weather any time of the year. We can even get major snowfalls in Spring!
Where I live, March and even April are the months that you can expect to have one or two Spring snowstorms to make things a little interesting. When I checked the weather report yesterday here:
This is what showed up:
This red banner means we have to be prepared for some interesting weather to come through. A snowstorm at this time of year doesn’t mean that it’s very cold but it usually means that there’s going to be a heavy snowfall with high winds and limited visibility. This particular storm also began with freezing rain and with the heavy snow created a driving nightmare with very slippery road conditions. It also created some power outages because the weight of the freezing rain and heavy snow on the power lines caused the lines to snap and break. We got off lucky.
My husband took this picture at about ten o’clock in the morning from the back deck. The overcast sky and heavy snow makes it seem like it is night time.
Having lived in this area for a long time, I have learned to always take these warnings seriously and always be organized for these Spring snowstorms.
Organizing For A Spring Snowstorm…
Here is a list of things that I do:
- I am in the habit of checking the weather before I go to bed every night so I know what I am waking up to and I check it in the morning to make sure I know what to be prepared for in the day.
- I drive a solid SUV vehicle with good all weather tires that can handle all kinds of weather conditions including icy roads, heavy snow, sleet and rain.
- My husband always makes sure the following are in the back of the vehicle during the winter… jumper cables, sleeping bag, small snow shovel and a snow brush. Thanks hubby!
- I never leave home without my cell phone.
- If I know a storm is coming and I have to go out in it I always make sure to fill up the car with gas so I am heading out with a full tank.
- I always drive to the weather conditions and adjust my speed and the distance between vehicles. There is nothing worse than putting your foot on the brakes while driving on black ice and having trouble stopping.
- If I don’t have to go out, I stay home. My motto is why be out on treacherous roads if you don’t have to? I like snow days when I don’t have to go anywhere!
- There have been some times where we did lose the power for a few hours and even a few days so I always keep the following just in case: several flashlights, candles, matches, extra blankets, canned food, can opener, dog food (for the dog).
- I also make sure the cell phones are charged up.
- I have never lost the frozen food in the freezer during a power outage and had to throw it out. I just don’t open the freezer at all and keep the cold air inside.
- I invested in a pair of awesome snow boots several years ago for this kind of weather.
The most intense Spring snowstorm I ever remember was in May … that’s correct … of 1986. I could tell by the size of the snowflakes and the rate at which it was coming down that this one was going to be a major one. Indeed it was. We were snowbound and had lost our power for four days and I wasn’t even living in the country then. It really wasn’t too bad though because we had all of the necessities. We even barbecued steak outdoors and had cold beer that had chilled in the deep snow. That was a lot of fun.
Here are some before and after pictures that I though you might enjoy. Amazing how things can look quite different within a 24 hour time period!
Before: Here is photograph of one of the garden beds in the backyard. Can you see some bulbs trying to poke through? Look beside the front blue plant pot.
Before: This is a picture I took in early December of the Christmas outdoor arrangement I had made. This pot sits along the front walk.
After: I have since dismantled the arrangement and left the pot empty waiting to fill it again later in the Spring. Here are two photographs I took. One shows the snow piled up and the other one shows how much snow accumulated. Yup… that says almost 6 inches/15 centimeters.
Luckily, this snow won’t last too long since it’s getting closer to the first day of Spring. Then just when everything melts and things start to turn green we probably will get another storm like this one just to remind us that Winter is being stubborn about going away.
It has been a lot of fun sharing this little Spring snowstorm with you! What weather extremes do you have to contend with?
Update: After this Spring snowstorm we ended up with a lot of rain in June which I wrote about here …
Between the rain and the late Spring run-off from the mountains we ended up with at serious flood situation which I share with you here …
I would love to hear your weather stories and experiences!