A nice coating of white over the ground and trees this morning which is creating excitement for some and grumbling with others. I learned a long time ago one has to accept those things we have no control over. Having lived in northern Appalachia I have come to love the cold and snow – the winters are colder and snowier in the mountains. Here we have more grumbling when the snow falls in inches, out there we would celebrate with a beer in hand with every foot of snow which fell. The snowmobiles, skis and snowshoes would come out as would most of the people. We would use the lighter snowmobiles to break trails for the heavier machines. Once you got the snowmobile moving you didn’t dare stop or you would become entombed in snow and have to dig out. The first year I lived out there we had over 240 inches of the white stuff. We never had a snow day from school and businesses ran as usual.
I bought a new Toro Powermax 24 inch two stage snowblower a couple years ago which doesn’t even have four hours on it. I not only have to clean my driveway, I use it to make dog paths on the back yard and to clear the road along with my neighbor. We live on a dead end road and the county plows generally gets to us last. I also do some of the other neighbors driveways along with my mother-in-laws who lives down the road a ways. Most of the snow which has fallen over the past few years has been the snow shovel variety rather than snowblower type.
I have a nice pair of official Swiss Rescue Skis I bought many years ago – they are used for down hill or cross country skiing and are wider than downhill skis. Skis are a great form of exercise in the winter. My knees are what they used to be so I don’t use them much anymore.
We have our first winter weather advisory in place for today through 7am tomorrow morning. We could see a brief period of heavy snow this afternoon and then again between midnight through Saturday morning.
Total snow accumulations of 4-7 inches are expected west of US-131 and between I-96 and I-94. Wind gusts in excess of 35 mph will lead to areas of blowing snow this afternoon and tonight. Wind gusts may exceed 50 mph along the lake shore leading to near zero visibility at times tonight. Below are the NWS graphics for total snowfall for today and tonight.
…and here is the latest total snow forecast through the 11th.