Snow Day

Winter Wonderland Part 2!

We woke up to even more snow this morning. A total of about two feet has blanketed our area.

Even our backyard, under the dense canopy of several tall spreading Douglas fir trees, has a covering. The branches of the firs are weighted heavily with the snow.

My car is in there somewhere.

Have you ever heard the ---swoosh, rumble, ffwwwumpfff---- of snow sliding off a metal roof?

Unfortunately, as often happens here in the Northwest the last few years, a warm front coming off the south Pacific followed the snow storm. The snowfall changed to misty rain and the forecast is for lots more rain for the next week. Our beautiful snow blanket turned into heavy wet snow.

Anticipating the snow cement to come we worked at clearing our way out.

This is the third time in twenty four hours that the driveway was plowed out and it was tough. Two vehicles had to be towed out of their snowbanks. With the snow clinging to every tree branch and twig the rain will cause a lot of damage as the wet snow pulls down limbs. We are expecting flooding, mud slides and land slides and possible power outages (we had a short one today.) In 1995 we had a similar weather pattern here. After several landslides that affected the highways we were cut off for a while from the outside world. Our water source on the mountain was damaged by a mud slide and we were even without water for several days.

We have plenty of firewood and food so we'll hunker down and see what happens!