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Thanksgiving Snowstorm (First Significant Snowfall of the Season)

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Thanksgiving Snowstorm (First Significant Snowfall of the Season)

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I can't exactly say "winter" since it is still autumn for almost a month yet. I dithered when deciding where to put the picture of the snow in my files: chronologically correct (the Autumn 2014 folder) or where I'd be more likely to find it (the Winter 2014-2015 folder). I went with Winter 2014-2015, which is also where I put the pictures of the inch or so that we got the other week.

This was the view out the back door about two hours ago:

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It was still snowing like crazy at the time, which is hard to see in the picture.

We had a kinda sorta snow day at school: a three-hour early dismissal, which meant that the kids left at 11 AM, which officially made it one of the easiest days of my teaching career. I put on Home Alone and fed all comers leftover ice cream that I'd made for yesterday's Thanksgiving lunch. Get 'em nice and hyper and then send them home. >:^) The snow started mid-morning and, by the time I left school at 11:15, was already starting to stick on the roads.

The drive home was the worst close to school. Up our way, they did a good job of getting the roads salted, but there is one hill about five minutes from the school, and I did question if I would make it to the top and wondered what I'd do if I got stuck five minutes from the school and almost an hour yet from home. By the time we got home, we had about 4 inches/10 cm of snow already; the predicted accumulation for us is supposed to be around 8 inches/20 cm. I haven't looked to see what it is currently.

The last time we had a Thanksgiving snowstorm was in 1989. Bobby and I were eight years old; we both remember it. I feel sorry for people traveling today; this storm is going to create a major mess for them. I am grateful that it will be over and the roads will be clear in time for our guests to come out to our house tomorrow.

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  • My sympathies. Of course, we're experiencing the same weather system in the Boston area. Slushy and a bit slick now, changing over to rain for a while, then back to snow late tonight. The forecast is for minimal snow here (maybe an inch or so), but more further inland. I just returned from ferrying Mr. P to the Honda dealership on Comm Ave to pick up his Fit (in need of a minor repair). What a wretched drive. So I fixed myself a generous Vesper martini when I got home.
    • It started as a cold rain this morning but was All Snow by mid-morning. The temperature hovered just above freezing, though, so it was a wet mess on the roads. I just hope it doesn't get cold enough tonight for that mess to freeze.

      We're in for the night. Bobby has started a fire in the woodstove, and we're doing Thanksgiving prep now so that, later, we can settle in for a couple episodes of Vikings and some spiked eggnog. ;)

      Happy Thanksgiving!
  • oh wow!! Happy thanksgiving Dawn! I hope everyone arrives there safe and sound tomorrow.
    • Thank you! :D The roads should be clear tomorrow. After last winter, I feel like we are practiced at this! I almost feel like a Northerner! :D
  • Gorgeous!

    Nothing but rain here! I hope that the rain holds. There has been snow predicted for this evening, but it does not look like anything is going to change much. I have my fingers crossed.
    • I hope it worked out for you. We had a sudden sharp temperature drop that ushered in the change from rain to snow. I woke up at 2 AM the night before, and it was raining and 45F. By the time I woke up for work, it was down to 41F (still raining) and dropped three degrees in the next hour.

      I'd rather have the snow, but of course, I don't live in the city! I can see why rain would be better for you.
  • Lovely but eek, bad timing :(
    • It was both! :) My inlaws called last night after taking their foster daughter to her mother's for the holiday, and they said the roads were awful.
  • Wow, what an amount of snow! I'm glad you made it home safely.

    Get 'em nice and hyper and then send them home. >:^)

    I'm fascinated that the season is considered autumn over at you until mid-December or so, if I got that right. We're having a much milder climate in comparison (though snow in November is not unheard-of), but still December is considered to be firmly winter. Now I'm wondering who exactly decides that...
    • It depends on how one divides up the seasons. Culturally, winter starts this weekend, after Thanksgiving in the U.S. Meteorological winter begins on December 1. Astronomical winter begins on Winter Solstice (Dec. 21).

      People around here tend to use the calendar/astronomical definition, while knowing that we could get winter weather. However, in our area, snow is actually rather uncommon in November and December. We might get a light snowfall in mid-December but a significant snowfall in November? Doesn't usually happen. Most of December is cold rain; January and February are the months when we expect snow.
    • Here we have a division: meteorological as of 1st december, astronomical 22nd of december. Here is the data for Germany

      • I confess I never realised seasons are also attributed astronomically, I only new the distinction between cultural and meterological seasons, like Dawn also said.
  • I hope that the weather doesn't get too bad for you and that the worst of it passes you by.

    So far it looks like the bad weather will just miss here; otoh, that could change.

    Enjoy your holiday!
    • My inlaws called last night, having been out, and said the roads were awful, and they are in the Baltimore suburbs, where winter is far milder than it is for us (because of both our location and our elevation). So I was glad that we got to stay in last night. :)

      Happy Thanksgiving to you too! :)
  • Wow! Lovely snowfall. Glad my mom came on the plane yesterday from the east coast.
    Here's wishing you a happy Thanksgiving.
    • I'm glad too because, if she was coming from anywhere with weather like we had, it was a mess!

      A very happy Thanksgiving to you too! :)
  • Beautiful piv but I don't envy the temperature!

    Have a great Thanksgiving!
    • Thank you! :) We still have a nice blanket of snow on the ground--the grass is completely covered--but even just 20 minutes south of us, they apparently have nothing. It's been hovering around freezing for the last two days or so. I'm actually not complaining--last year was so much worse with the multiple appearances of the polar vortex!
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