Welcome Back Winter (NOT)

Most of us were enjoying our early spring as the snow was very slowly melting and disappearing from the roads and being splashed onto our cars.  Yes, it was messy, but essential to getting rid of the snow and starting to see the ground again.

But – Mother Nature had other plans and arranged for a winter storm to hit.  Since March 4, 1966 was the big blizzard from my youth, it seemed appropriate for this hit day to be the same.  We’ve had other blizzards since that one but because of the date, it was brought up often after the prediction for this year’s storm was forecast.

The 1966 blizzard paralyzed the city for a few days, but this one is just an annoyance.  It  was forecast as a storm.  There were no strong winds involved and the temperature stayed around the 0C mark.  Even the snow is just around 4 inches from what I can see.  But, it started with rain, which then turned to snow, so there is a lovely coating of ice under the snow now.

Outside the city, highways are closed and schools are closed and there are places without power.

But – it looks pretty.  🙂

I haven’t bothered to go outside, so my pictures are from my window.  Some were taken very early this morning when it was still fairly dark and some were taken within the last few minutes.

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I’ve cleaned my little bird feeder off a couple of times and it is time to clean it again.  The Chickadees do dig for the seeds anyway, but it doesn’t hurt to make it a little easier for my buddies.

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I will actually bring it inside to get all the snow off it, but with it still snowing, that won’t really help much.

Fort Whyte Alive just posted that the first Canada Goose arrived at their facility yesterday.  Maybe he knows something we don’t know.