I know people from the east coast or states like Wyoming, Colorado, and Montana like to make fun of us here in the Portland area and the fuss that we make about snow. (The 24 hour news coverage is definitely over the top!) The problem is that we just don’t get it often enough and when we do get it there is usually an ice issue in conjunction which makes the whole driving thing complicated. 🙂
I can speak from some experience, because I lived in Wyoming for five years before moving to Oregon. In Wyoming, there was snow on the ground pretty much all winter and on the road at least half the time. It rarely slowed, let alone stopped, much of anything going on. However, because that was the norm we were all prepared for it. The roads were taken care of with plowing or sand and everyone had snow tires or just plain knew how to drive in it. It also stayed cold so that nothing thawed and then refroze. That is not the case here. And, we wouldn’t expect it to be. How can people who rarely drive in this be experts at it? And, why would a city invest in all that equipment for weather that hits so seldom?
The girls enjoyed getting out in the snow yesterday and played for awhile. They made snow angels and threw snow puffs at each other. You really can’t call them “balls” because the snow was so dry. No snowmen were made for the same reason. It snowed ALL day long and Kevin thinks there was about eight inches by last night. Today we woke up to over 1/4 inch of freezing rain that covered everything. We have quite a few small branches that fell in the backyard, but so far nothing major. Every time we hear the cracking/crashing sound of something falling we check the yard to figure out where it hit.
My snow angels:
We are at home today tucked snugly in our warm, safe home and praying that our electricity stays on. We are disappointed that church has been cancelled for the second week in a row. Can you believe that? Our pastor said that in his seventeen years at the church he can only think of three or four church services cancelled for weather and now two weeks in a row! I hope that all of you are safe and sound in your homes and with your families. Enjoy these few days before Christmas!