We had our first snow of the season yesterday. That’s always an occasion worth marking. I’ve been waiting patiently for almost nine months and here it is. It’s maybe not quite as exciting as a new baby, but it’s exciting all the same.
The thing is, even though it’s exciting, the first snow of the season is also almost always disappointing. The snow we got with this storm certainly was. It started off as snow, changed to sleet, then rain, then a rain/sleet mix, stopped completely for a while, then more snow followed by more rain. They’re saying we may get another inch or so overnight tonight, but it’s going to warm up the rest of the week, so it’ll all melt anyway.
That’s typical of the first snow of the season, at least here in southern New England. It’s not really good to play in, it’s quite difficult to shovel, and road conditions are atrocious. It’s not like a good January or February snow storm that covers the world in a blanket. It’s just a big mess.
The last first snow storm of the season that I remember being at all satisfying was the Halloween blizzard from eight years ago. That was a real snow. Unfortunately, it also took down trees all over the place and caused massive power outages. All the property damage took away from the wonder of the event.
Although I might sound like I’m complaining, I don’t want you to misunderstand me. The first snow of the season was exciting. For me, it’s the unofficial first day of Winter. I’m so happy to have it back. Now, hopefully, there will more and better snow to follow. I’m looking forward to a fun few months.