Morning after the blizzard

This morning dawned bright and cold.  The air temperature was hovering around zero, the wind was blowing sharply from the north, and the sun was crisp.  Our surroundings in the Twin Cities had changed over the previous 24-hours as we had added 17 inches of snow to the five inches that remained from our last snowfall.  With the forecast on Friday of heavy snow by Saturday, people were busy preparing for the worst.  At 9:00pm Friday night the grocery store parking lot was packed, and all the checkout lines inside were 10 to 12 people deep.  Saturday saw very few people on the roads as the snow fell all day long, with the wind blowing it into drifts that were beautifully artistic, not to mention deep.   I’ve learned that in a snow of this type, you do NOT wait until the snow stops to shovel.  Those people who didn’t begin to shovel until today were faced with snow up to their knees, and that was once they had cleared a way to get out the door.  For all the gray and snowy skies of yesterday, the bright sunshine today was welcome, even if the temperatures stayed only in the single digits.  It is a beautiful white landscape here, and I’m sure it will be a white Christmas in the Twin Cities this year.

5 thoughts on “Morning after the blizzard

  1. Linda Yoo December 13, 2010 / 1:15 am

    Love the photo with the sunshine through the trees. Great shot…

  2. joani December 13, 2010 / 11:40 am

    Good Morning. Welcome to your first empisode of a MN wonderful winter. I think it is a record #8. The low amount of snow in the yard is compliments of your fence. Did you rush out and buy a snowblower or just start shoveling. You are greatly blessed!!The sun spot is great and gives one hope. Surely it will not help for any melting. I actuallly dreamed I was in a snow spot last night……Mdrry Christmas.

  3. joani December 13, 2010 / 11:43 am

    Mmmmmm when I look close it that your fence or one near the park?

  4. Amanda November 16, 2011 / 8:12 pm

    i tell you what, i say i dislike the winters in the midwest, but they really are breathtakingly beautiful.

    • lindastaatsphoto November 16, 2011 / 8:17 pm

      I agree Amanda. No matter where you are, no matter the weather, no matter how cold you are (??), there really is beauty everywhere, even in the midwest. Thanks for the comment!

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