22 February 2012
Forecast: No significant snow accumulations
The problem with our weather forecast is that it is never accurate for where we live. I mentioned before that we live in a "suburb" 25 miles away from a larger city, but we live 6 miles away from the heart of the suburb (which consists mainly of a gas station and a few bars). Plus, we are at an elevation almost 600 feet above the closest forecast location. It makes a big difference.
Down in the valley, the roads are clear and there is almost no snow on the fields, but it's a whole different story on our mountain. Our road is completely covered with a slick snow/ice mixture, and there is at least a foot of snow on the ground.
We've actually been lucky the past week, with temperatures above freezing have melted some of the snow, including a mysterious patch about 8 feet in diameter, revealing green grass underneath. Unfortunately, the melting snow has turned our driveway into an Olympic-quality luge track. I just spread 3 wheelbarrow loads of sawdust and woodchips on the bad part, so maybe that will slow our roll a little.
In the meantime, our driveway is open for time trials!