This is it, gang, the shortest day of the year. Officially the first day of winter, but winter arrived early in many places this year including here. It’s been crazy here, we never get this kind of weather, or at least not for this long. It has snowed or done something every day for a week now. We’ve got about eight inches of the stuff on the ground which is not a lot compared to many places, but for the Portland, OR area it is HUGE. Now we’ve got a layer of freezing rain on top of the snow. No driving without chains, or at the very least you have to have 4WD AND studded tires to be on the roads right now. Many roads, major highways, are closed because they are just impassable. Have I mentioned they don’t plow and sand here? They just throw down some pea gravel on top of the snow on the major highways. Sidestreets aren’t touched at all. Sure, it’s “greener” but driving is becoming a distant memory.
I brought the Christmas tree in this morning, and will decorate it later. Here are a few photos of this rare snowfall: