Yesterday it was tee-shirt weather. I went out to fill the bird feeders and it was close to 70-degrees Fahrenheit or 21 degrees Celsius. So even though we knew it was going to snow today, we really didn’t think it was going to stick. Around here, it wasn’t snowing yet, but drive five miles north and suddenly, there’s a huge storm. It’s that heavy, wet snow that weighs a ton, quickly turns to slush, and in the right weather, ice.

One red squirrel and a fly-by Tufted Titmouse

Nice squirrel shares the feeder with the little bird.

So while we were fine here, north of us they are getting more than a foot. We are often on the border of storms, so sometimes they get a major storm just a couple of miles away, but we don’t get it here. On the other hand, sometimes they get nothing and we get a foot or more.

Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove, Junco, and Tufted Titmouse

When Owen called me this morning to tell me it was snowing like crazy, he was just 3 miles away in town. It wasn’t snowing here at all. It was just raining. By the time Garry got out of bed to move the car, it had changed to sleet. Half an hour later, it was snowing.

Red Squirrel and a Nuthatch

Junco on the deck rail

Tomorrow morning, the truth will out. Because the storm could wind back and dump another four or five inches. I hope not, but just in case, we moved our cars up to the top of the driveway so we can easily get out if we need to.

Categories: birds, Blackstone Valley, Nature, New England, Photography, snow, Wildlife, Winter

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  1. We’ve been having cooler days and lots of wind and rain. Tonight’s forecast is for snow on the higher peaks, above 900 metres and the temperature may drop to four degrees Celsius or below. I have actually put the heat pump on for the first time for a couple of weeks. I have used a small fan heater at my desk occasionally but this is the first time I’ve felt I needed to heat the living room in a while. Summer in Tasmania, got to love it.


  2. We got the snow Marilyn. But it is melting today and the sun is out. Always good to see that snow disappear.


  3. Already? Oh my…. looks so icy! Stay safe!


    • No one went anywhere, but someone plowed the driveway, so it’s pretty safe if you stay off the front walk, which IS icy. It’s warming up (supposedly) tomorrow, so hopefully this will be gone by tomorrow afternoon.


  4. I hope we get a little snow this year, it makes everything look so pretty!


  5. We had something similar a year or so go. When my colleague left the office for lunch it was chucking down with rain, by the time he got back management were already making plans to close the office early so we didn’t get marooned in the snow…

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    • This was a pretty big storm, but it moved north, so we only got a few inches. About 15 miles away, they got a full foot and further north, a foot and a half which is a lot of snow, especially when it’s this wet and heavy. One of the climate change issues has been that we aren’t getting nearly as much snow as we did even three or four years ago. I don’t mind not being buried in snow, but without a snow pack melting in the spring, when summer comes, we go into a serious drought. We get most of our water from winter snows and spring rain. Summer is usually dry and this year was bad. We were down (as of the end of October) more than 10 inches. If you live in the country and use a well for all your water, a drought can make you really nervous.

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  6. Makes for great photos, though. That little squirrel looks frozen stiff.

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