Sunday, December 9, 2018

Snow Snob

I had such high expectations.

The results could best be summed up as a grab bag of cold wet slop.

There was snow, rain, sleet, freezing rain, big wet snow again, some howling wind for good effect and sometime in the night a crispy crust added on top of a wet slop sandwich.

This was a heavy, meadow crushing snow, the kind that makes the future chop down that much easier.

It was also a baby evergreen tree and shrubbery, big time scary, bending snow. The majority of my small trees and shrubs are encased in ice and snow and contorted into bent over stem snapping positions. This has happened before and amazingly they always seem to stand back up pretty much unscathed. But you never know for sure until the flake the bent the bushes back finally melts.

It is pretty wet slop.

And the ice layer that formed first to catch all that wet snow has a certain appeal.

Deciduous trees and shrubs are less likely to bend.

I shoveled a path up to my truck and the scenic byway as the eye of the storm passed over. Even though more is coming, I thought it best to go ahead and get rid of the six inches of this super heavy stuff now. Another layer on top would only make it worse.

This was the kind of snow that can put an end to tall grasses for the winter season. Only the melt will tell what happened.

It looks pretty much the same, but rest assured a light powder snow is much more conducive to a good snow day than heavy wet slop.

The DOT may feel otherwise. It seems this cold wet slop so close to the melting point makes clearing the roads a bit easier. I however am not so fond of the four foot wide three foot high wall of packed cement at the top of my drive.

I left it there for now, but went ahead and shoveled out the one car length of driveway for the mail lady to turn around. Just maybe, the snow plow dude will be moved to perform a random act of kindness in the night.


Lisa at Greenbow said...

I always hate that when the snow plow piled hard wet frozen slush in the drive. Especially when you have already shoveled. Grrrrr. It sure looks pretty from inside though.

Christopher C. NC said...

That is part of why I waited to shovel the plow pile Lisa. I didn't want to do it twice.