No such thing as a snow day
Most of us are truly sick of snow. Linda wants me to go out and shovel the mailbox. It is beautiful out today, sun and longer days ahead. I might go evaluate the situation at the mailbox, but I did my fair share of shoveling yesterday. We had a snow day and UVM closed up shop. The roads were messy and with 30 inches of fresh snow in Morrisville, and another couple of inches of slush from all the rain on Sunday, it was a good day to stay off the roads.
I talked with a farmer friend yesterday about a scheduled appointment. Said, “Hey the roads are terrible, won’t be coming up today.” She said, “Fine. Boys had to clear snow and so I had to do morning chores and the barn flooded here on Sunday with all the rain. I got stuck at the house and Charlie got stuck while plowing and now Tom is trying to pull him out with the tractor.”
Farmers don’t get snow days, they get long days with the extra job of dealing with snow. And then Bob our town highway department supervisor came into the office to find out who owned which cars because our parking lot flooded with 6 inches of iced-over-slush and they gotta move everything around to dig a drainage ditch.
Said, “Hey Bob, roads are looking like you and your crew have been working right straight.” He said, “48 hours with only 45 minute breaks every 12” . Snow days for him are double, double work days. He said that they will be hauling snow for the next two nights getting ready for the next storm that is coming.
And that is the issue. We are going to get another system and with all the rain, snow and general wetness to come, there does not look like there is room left for the water. Rivers are up and flood warnings went out everywhere yesterday. We need a few more days for things to settle before we get hammered again.
In the meanwhile, Snow Shoveling and clearing out as best you can and make room for more stuff to fall. Get the snow off the roofs, reduce the risk of Carbon Monoxide poisoning by clearing your air vents, check on your neighbors, check in with your local farmers and give a hand if you can. Stock up and check the water levels if you are in a flood plain.
Have a plan for just in case. Then enjoy the sun and the warm for today, because this is New England and you know the weather is gonna change.