For years I heard the phrase “too cold to snow” but decided it was a lie after moving to Colorado.
Jack’s personal weather station this morning:
Notice the minus 4F which was the outside temperature and the humidity of 86 percent. It’s not showing any precipitation because we are getting a very light, dry powder snow at present.
The view outside our house:
I googled the phrase “too cold to snow” and found that is is almost never too cold to snow. However, very cold snow will not hold as much moisture as temperatures closer to freezing. Another mystery explained, courtesy of Google.
…at least until the sun comes out and it burns off.
It was 0F when I fed horses this morning. We are forecast to have snow showers tonight and tomorrow with a high of 14F tomorrow.
I took this photo through one of the west windows, leading to the artifact in the lower part of the photo. We are having our first real winter cold snap: it was fourteen degrees Fahrenheit when I woke up.
This morning I drove on icy, snowy roads on a mission of mercy to get cough drops and chicken soup for Jack, who developed cold symptoms overnight. On the way I passed this herd of elk, who seemed bewildered by the May Day Snow.
It was hard to take the forecasters seriously when they predicted 12 to 24 inches of snow this weekend. I had a serious challenge getting the dogs to go outside to go potty this morning. Jack and I together managed to dig a path to an area where the snow had blown almost clear. As of 9:00 am Sunday morning it was still snowing, though overhead the sun was starting to become visible.
We had to shovel a path to get the dogs through the drift by the outside door so the dogs could get to the “potty yard.” We’ll probably have to shovel again twice more before the storm is due to let up. This is a heavy, wet snow with lots of wind so I occasionally hear the UPS click due to what I presume are power surges. The visibility is quite limited but not whiteout, unlike some of the surrounding areas.
When I woke up, the local school district was on a two hour delay. When I checked an hour later, the district had closed for the day. It was very cold when I fed, probably because I have acclimated to the almost spring like temperatures we have been having.
We have had a lot of snow in the past six days, eighteen or more inches with the last few inches falling last night. School was cancelled the first three days of the week, with a two hour delay yesterday and today. I am so glad that the long range forecast is dry, since it is going to take a while for all this snow to go away.
Still snowing, and I am guessing that we already have about a foot or more along with some significant drifts. This is the dogs’ potty yard, and the depth of the drifts posed a significant challenge to small dogs before I did some trail breaking and snow shoveling. I fed the horses and they seem to be coping just fine. We are fortunate that we rarely get more than two substantial drifts between the house and the barn: one of them is just outside the house and the other is midway between the barn and the house. I usually just try to power through rather than dig a path.