After our activities, I drove back to the college in the snow, and I had a meeting with another classmate for our presentation on Friday. Heading back to class, I was a little surprised to see that it was snowing even worse. I called Tim. He told me that the roads in Pennsylvania were horrible.
By the time that class was over, and I headed home, the roads were, indeed, terrible. I spun my way up our hill. The car tires were spinning and I could smell the rubber, and I was crawling along. I came upon two boys in their car, spinning, not moving. My car was inching along. I was afraid to pass them for fear that my car would STOP inching along, and we would wind up stuck side by side, blocking the entire road, but I had no choice, and finally, I did pass them, and inched my way past them. I finally made it to the top of our hill. I love my old 'winter rat' (it's what we call our winter cars...they are not purty, but they are tanks, trustworthy and sure footed (tired?)
I walked into my house with no small amount of gratitude, and checked out weather.com. They had been called for an inch of snow or there abouts, and it was already much much worse than that. The new weather alert read:
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STATE COLLEGE HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW... WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 2 AM EDT THURSDAY. * LOCATION... NORTHERN TIER OF PENNSYLVANIA INCLUDING WARREN... MCKEAN AND POTTER COUNTIES. * PRECIPITATION TYPE... WET SNOW... MIXING WITH RAIN. * ACCUMULATIONS... 1 TO 3 INCHES IN THE VALLEYS... 4 TO 7 INCHES ON THE RIDGES. * TIMING... SNOW WILL CONTINUE THIS EVENING... MIXING WITH AND CHANGING TO RAIN BEFORE DECREASING TO SHOWERS LATE TONIGHT. * WINDS... NORTH WINDS AROUND 5 MPH... BECOMING EAST AFTER MIDNIGHT. * IMPACTS... WET SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ON GRASSY SURFACES AND OUTDOOR OBJECTS IN VALLEY LOCATIONS WITH WET ROADS... SNOW COVERED ROADS AND SLIPPERY TRAVEL IN HIGHER ELEVATIONS. A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES... AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING. MOTORISTS SHOULD BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS ON BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES... WHERE SLIPPERY SPOTS DEVELOP FIRST.
Those higher elevations? The ridges they're talking about? Yep. That's where I live. It's still snowing like crazy.
During the month of March, the robins returned. So did the buzzards, and the redwing blackbirds too. One memorable afternoon, I was digging in the dirt at the new house. I know spring is all around me, but danged if I can find it in all this snow.