But it ain’t me babe. Last week was a cold, snowy, wet experience.
Sunday started off with light fluffy snowflakes. Mr. Mate and I drove over to Lincoln Park while the roads were still bare but the snow had just started sticking to everything else. While he went off to do a run, I walked along the beach and remembered how my ambivalence toward snow. Part of it’s the cold, part of it’s the wet, and part of it is that when it melts it’s ugly.
After warming up with donuts and coffee at the Original Bakery and watching monstrously sized flakes fall, Mr. Mate and I drove home to find a wintery wonderland, but in my opinion, best enjoyed in the warm, cozy environs of our house.
Monday was pretty mellow with, some snow flurries, but no additional accumulation and some melting. The news was gleeful in the possibility of huge amounts of snow for midweek, but Tuesday turned out to be pretty dry and everyone started to doubt that we would actually have much of a storm.
The snow started late in the evening Tuesday and kept going all through Wednesday. These flakes were small and dense and took awhile to pile up before becoming 3-4 inches with more in other parts of the city and much more in the south sound near Olympia. Mr. Mate and probably half the city stayed home from work on Wednesday and there was lots of sledding on the nearby hills.
Thursday morning freezing rain started. We woke up to icicles hanging off the gutters and ice covering the north windows.
As the day progressed the rain covered everything and froze encasing plants in ice and creating 1/2 inch layer of ice on the top of the snow. I went for a late afternoon walk and for the first time since moving to Seattle in 2004, I had a first-hand, visual understanding of black ice and plants completely encased in ice. Luckily, there wasn’t too much wind and there weren’t any major accidents involving heavy branches and power lines in our neighborhood.
The rest of the sound didn’t fare as well with up a quarter million households losing power for anywhere from a couple hours to multiple days. Roads were a mess and the Governor declared a state of emergency (more to waive some of the maximum hour requirements for truckers but also to bring in outside help as necessary).
Friday the thaw began with rain starting in the morning and turning the side streets and sidewalks into giant slush puddles. This trend continued for the rest of the weekend with lots more rain and warmer temperatures which have melted nearly all the snow.
Today is sunny with blue skies and a bit of a break before more storms come rolling in. I think I’ll take advantage and go for a long walk and try to absorb some Vitamin D.