====Edited to show you the storm results as they happen if I have power. This is the 3am update. I am just west of Winston Salem, NC. I started this post at about 9pm on March 1st 2009 and you can see the results. I will update later today–March 2nd.
Finally!, we are getting some beautiful fat flakes. How come it came at night? It almost always comes at night in my part of NC. The day temps are usually too warm that’s why…errrr. Tomorrow it’s going to be 33 degrees with night temps of 16. This means a refreezing on the roads and I bet school will be out till Wednesday at least. The snow plows were out just a bit ago cause they like to get to it before the traffic packs it down.
I think we have three plows for a town of 20,000? They unhitch from the trucks and stay stored most of the time. I don’t think we have salt. I really don’t know? Will Morton’s do? Is it the same as road salt? I think we have some brine that is put down before the big event. That didn’t help tonight as it has came down fast. The flakes are huge!
Oh–and on the 7th of March, 72 degrees! See….crazy NC weather.
There’s my River Birch naked and freezing! All those little green shrubs are dwarf Cryptomeria. And under all that snow is a nice fat layer of newly spread leaf mulch soaking right in to the ground. Perfect timing huh?
This is where MrD is sleeping. I told him to keep the plants warm and he wasn’t coming in till they were all safe and the snow had been dusted off each branch or the house payment comes due.
This was about 4pm this afternoon.
And tonight after it got good and cold. Wow, I think my outdoor temp gage says 37 degrees. And you thought it would only snow at 32—silly you!
I told MrD that he could only come in when it got to 38 degrees……unless….I need to borrow some money for food, clothing, plants, flowers, dirt, fertilizer, and other things needed to sustain life.
Ok–I’m off to read your blogs! I’m starting with Nancy at Soliloquy. She had this snow meme going but I think she took it down cause she figured everyone already had their first snow. Cameron reported about her snow in NC but we only got a few flakes with that storm and I don’t count that one. This is our first real accumulation of any kind.
++++++ Added several hours later to say…..The trees are breaking around us. I’ve heard several crashes. I looked outside and our evergreens are not looking too good. The snow is still falling and very heavy. Here is my River Birch from the picture above. Our power is flickering. I bet it goes out soon! I may not make my planned blog rounds.
If this is the River Birch, can you imagine what it is doing to evergreens?
Same tree and below are my Wax Myrtles out back. I can hear limbs popping all around us. It sounds like firecrackers going off. I can hear the trees moaning and groaning as if they are in the throws of childbirth. Looks like the snow will let up in about two hours but the wind is picking up a bit on the back side of this storm. That is causing some problems. I bet this looks awful tomorrow in the daylight. Imagine what this is doing to the Evergreens. It’s been a long time since we’ve had a heavy snow like this. The trees have had too much time to mature.
It’s almost 3am. The snow started falling again on the back side of this storm and the wind is whipping up again. Our storm warning is until 9am East Coast Time. Looks like it’s about done according to the local radar. Unless….it stalls or the back hook of the storm grows larger. On radar, it looks like a hurricane swirling around. I’m on the west side of Winston Salem, NC. I took a video but it’s too dark. I’ll try to lighten it up some. I’ll be out first light to see the beauty and the damage. It is georgeous out right now. The snow is glistening under the streetlights. Here is the last tree update. I did shake the tree once earlier this evening but it didn’t do any good. So far, it looks like we’ve gotten 4 to 6 inches.
Here is my River Birch at 3am. It actually could bounce back. If not, it will grow from the roots.