If you have never experienced a New England snow storm, you may not know what it means to be a New Englander.
The weather report arrives and the preparations begin. Well actually, most people have already started preparing for winter by making sure their snow blowers or tractors are ready for the snow they know will fall.
When you live in New England and a snow storm is coming, you must make sure you have plenty of bread and milk. Not that bread and milk are a staple food item, but one never knows how long the storm will last and bread or milk might be needed. News stations show empty bread shelves. I have been part of many conversations discussing the necessity of “bread and milk” during snowstorms.
Snow comes in many varieties. The light dry snow is the best kind to get in great volumes. It can be moved easily and the snow blower can move it fifteen feet or so off to the side and out of the way.
If you are responsible for your own snow removal, you need a plan at the beginning of the season because you never know how much snow you are going to get. That means you move the first snow of the season as far back from your drive as possible. That way you will have room for the snow from subsequent storms.
It is important to get the snow removed at the beginning of the storm, if possible, before the snow has a chance to pack down. Moisture can turn dry snow into heavy frozen crystals that is hard to move. Many a prayer is said over the snow blower – hoping it will last through the season or just that storm. That happens even when the snow blower is new.
Imagine all this happening while the wind is blowing the snow into your face, your eyes, your neck and any crevice of your clothing. You never imagined how thankful you would be for that ugly scarf you received for Christmas.
The worst snow is wet snow. It is heavy and hard to move. If you must move it while it is still coming down, you get wet in the process. It is nasty.
Wet snow also soaks your clothing. Sometimes it is difficult to dry everything before it is necessary to go out again. We improvise as best can, but most of us don’t have two pair of heavy duty boots.
Maybe worst of all is ice and snow. That stuff can cover your car, your snow blower, your steps, your driveway, anything in sight. Then you are not removing snow, you are removing ice covered snow. Many people pray that the ice melts and the weight of the ice and snow doesn’t cause the roof to fall in.
While all of this is going on in your own yard, you begin to wonder about your friends and neighbors. If you are lucky enough to have cell service, you start checking on people to see how they are faring. You compare inches of snow received and type of snow and ask if they need any help.
Amazing things happen during storms when neighbors get together to help each other and make sure everyone is alright. It brings out the good in people. And you will see snow scenes more beautiful than you could ever imagine.
The whole thrilling experience can get old fast. The Northeaster happening now has been going on for five days. Airports close, plans must be rearranged, your life will change for as long as the storm lasts, but you will have great stories to tell. As a matter of fact, some people are still talking about the storm of 1978.
We live in Las Vegas now and are enjoying warm temps while the current Northeaster rages. I am in contact with our children and friends back East every day asking the same questions, “how are you, how much snow did you get?” The love and concern never get old. Mother Nature preforms every year, but, we never know what show she is bringing to town.
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