It is winter.
It snows in the winter.
We had just cleared the walks and driveway, the heat of the day melted the snow away leaving a nice dry surface. The city crews had cleared the road before our house and the “snow routes” near our home. We were good. We managed to accept the seven inches of snow that fell last week.
Driveway is clear.
Walks are clear.
Snow routes are clear.
Yesterday, however, we got news of more snow. This new storm comes less than a week after the last storm. It is expected to last two days, Tuesday and Wednesday, and leave about ten to fifteen inches of snow behind. We decided to avoid risk-taking and went to the store Monday. We purchased basic necessities and purchased extra groceries, then filled the tanks on all the vehicles. This was obviously a good move for us.
We have enough supplies.
We have no pressing issues that require leaving our comfortable home.
We are good for now.
We received about seven inches of snow overnight and it is still snowing.
The forecast states that we can get around three more inches this morning and another three inches this afternoon. This doesn’t sound off for the Midwest; however, it is wet, heavy snow. This type of snow adds weight.
Our trees are already bowing deeply; I do worry about the power lines, and the little trees in the front yard. I also worry for the structural integrity of our home: fifteen inches of wet snow can add an enormous amount of weight to roof supports and supporting walls. There is a wind, but it just isn’t strong enough to knock the accumulated snow off the branches. It is, however, strong enough to rock already stressed branches.
There is no way to control nature.
There is no way to drag the snow off the limbs or roof at this time.
We can’t stop winter; might as well enjoy the view.