I just checked the weather radar. The snow front is less than 2 miles/3.2 km away. Good thing I double-checked the condition of my car battery - a lot of short hops without the energy used to start the engine being replaced. It was down to 60%! Popped on the charger and now it’s back up to 100%. Also topped off the windshield washer fluid. All other fluids checked out okay. Whew!
My wife called to see if I was coming up to my son’s house to spend the night. I guess they decided to closed the school for tomorrow already. Huh! I think she’s afraid I’m going to stick her alone with 3 little girls who love to chase one another around the house - screaming! I told her I’d be getting up very early - enough to at least shovel across the apron of the driveway so I don’t have to plow through the bank the snowplow will leave. Besides… I want to “test drive” my new shovel! I’ve already peeled off all the paper labels they stuck on it and wiped it down with WD-40. Can’t have any snow sticking to it.
5:52 PM: According to the radar, the snow clouds have completely covered the hamlet where I am, although nothing is falling - yet. Time to get some dinner. I’m ready for that white stuff!
Almost forgot… temp is currently 30F/-1C, BP 30.33" and air is still calm. An updated forecast has lowered our snowfall to 5"-8"/127-203 mm instead of the 7"-11"/178-279 mm originally forecast. Bummer!
Edit: 6:00 PM: I just looked out the window… it’s snowing! My car is all white already! Cool!
Edit: 7:10 PM: With just 0.6"/15 mm of snow on the road, a young guy - on his way to work - came down the hill, started to slid as he braked for the S-curve, slid into the intersection of the dead end street, crossed the street and hit my chain link fence and the stop sign. He took out two fence posts, knocked the fence from the upper rail and bent the sign post. The “bump” and metallic scraping noise is what drew my attention away from nodding. He told me he didn’t get his snow tires on yet. (I don’t think he owns any personally, but I could be wrong. )
I gave him a few pointers on how to make it up the hill - 2nd gear instead of “Drive”. Suggested he take the next left, drive around the block and he’ll end up at the top of the hill - bypassing the section of the hill that has a “cold spot” where everything always freezes. I used to do this back when I was called out to plow the roads. I also suggested he get his snow tires on ASAP. It may be a long winter! I’m not worried about my fence as I want to replace it next year anyway and install a gate where there is none presently. Besides, this poor fence has been hit at least 4 times since it was put up. I really only did it to collect the leaves so they wouldn’t bury the entrance to our front door.