The Snow Day

Valley view Feb. 2016

A frosty valley before the storm

The warnings were almost apocalyptic last Tuesday morning: “Almost a foot of snow!” “Blowing!” “Drifting” “Treacherous roads!” “White out conditions!” Although the world was calm and lovely, trees coated in hoarfrost, valleys distant and dreamlike under their spell, local meteorologists were adamant that the peace was only temporary. The world was holding its breath, waiting for a monster of a snowstorm.

Unsurprisingly, faced with such dire predictions (as well as the knowledge that, in this mild year, no school days had yet been lost to snow), almost every school in the region preemptively cancelled school.

For several hours, children rejoiced and adults grumbled at the snow-less snow day. Then, around noon (right on schedule), the snow began. For an hour or so, the foreboding predictions came true: The snow tumbled down in almost opaque sheets. As Sage and I walked Court down our road, it was so thick that we couldn’t see the neighbors’ houses.

Snowy road

Our neighbor Jacob’s house was invisible behind sheets of snow.

Jacob’s horses, most of which are normally brown, quickly turned white.

Umbrella Sage with horses 1

Sage insisted on bringing an umbrella to shield himself (mostly unsuccessfully) from the whipping wind. The horses seemed both intrigued and bemused by his decision.

Fortunately, we forged our way through the rest of our walk, and Sage quickly recovered from his battle with the elements.

Sage and yawning Court

A cuddly dog does wonders when one needs to thaw after a snowy walk.

The snow soon tapered off, and the monster storm lost its monstrosity, yielding a convenient but oddly disappointing 4 or 5 inches (as opposed to the forecast 8-12) in our area. School was delayed by two hours the following day as plows finished scouring the back roads, but otherwise, life went on as normal.

The monster had been de-fanged.



  1. Very poetic and poignant. I love this line: The snow tumbled down in almost opaque sheets.
    Your photo at the end is cool and cuddly: Sage and the doggie. I think the horses are those of an Amish neighbor Jacob – right?

  2. I always envy you your snow. Four inches would be a huge deal here.

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