Humpf...We got snow. About a half an inch; a light dusting overnight. The big deal was the winds. They took out the power at about 2 pm and it did not return until about 8 pm. I cooked and ate my dinner by candlelight.
Okay...32 hours later, I had a repeat power outage. Of course, this time it occurred in the middle of the night. I awoke with a start because my CPAP wasn't delivering...it was all dark. I made it to dawn and managed to get up and start a fire in the fireplace. I could light the stove top, so I could cook. Folks were out and about, but my interior temperatures continued to plummet, except right in front of the fire. I used all the firewood I had readily available and rummaged a few more bits from outdoors. During that foray, talking with a neighbor who had better comlinks than I, I found that the power utility was announcing that the outage may last through Monday, or Tuesday. My spirits plummeted with the temperatures.
I dug out sweatpants, sweaters, sox, and layered up. I crawled back in to bed and tried (successfully!) to entice fuzzy buddies in under the covers. Warm was warm. Then, about an hour after noon, the lights came back on. The house temperature stood at 52 (11) degrees. I've been struggling back up to my usual for several hours now. It was a pretty clear case of "you don't know what you got 'til it's gone".
Now, the weather forecasters are predicting freezing rain overnight and more snow tomorrow.
Well, actually, it is something of a feature of the local 'mediclimate' (bigger than very localized 'microclimates' and smaller than 'regional climates'). Much of it arises because of our location in relation to the source of precipitation (the ocean), the mountains, and the gorge, sets up some recurring icing situations. It's really much worse than ordinary snow, which is actually rare hereabouts. Four-wheel drive is useless when the roads are covered in thick glaze ice.
You'd think that with 'civilized' humans presence of nearly two hundred years, that we'd have figured this out and adapted. But, nooooo....We still string power lines overhead. Out in the open, where the weight of ice and icy tree limbs can tear them down. This is because it is expensive to bury the lines and, if we did, one of those tectonic events that happen every twenty to forty years, just might mess up underground lines....**facepalm** Then, when the ice storms hit, the lines come down. I guess it is a 'full employment program' for linemen.
It's mid-morning here and as I text, I hear the sleet coming down outdoors. It seems we got a couple more inches of accumulated snow overnight and now, with slightly warmer air overhead, the ice is now coming down as small pellets that freeze to the growing crust of ice on the accumulated snow. This time, the rising temperatures are to be more permanent, as the overnight low is expected to be above freezing, barely. Then comes breakup. With rain, it will all be gone in a couple of days....and that will have been 'winter' for this year. Spring starts with the floods of the runoff from the snow and ice storms.
Well....I went through three power outages over the last six days. That's Thursday afternoon, Saturday morning, and all day Monday and then Tuesday morn. Two days of the last six have been without power. Indoor temperatures plummeted to cool, but outdoors six to eight inches of blowing snow, subsequently cemented in to place by freezing rains accumulated.