When the 5 o’clock whistle blew last Friday afternoon, and temperatures hovered in the mid-70s, I knew the weekend — the first one of spring — was going to be a good ‘un. And by golly I was right. While snow remains at higher elevations, the golf courses in the area were open for business. While I had to replace my winter attire to make room for the golf clubs, it was a good feeling. Sunday was just as nice, and a walk in the woods saw plenty of signs of spring life. From the green buds on shrubs, to the fresh grass peaking up from last year’s growth, it was definitely a weekend to cure one’s winter blahs.
But hold on one second … it was just a tease!
All weekend long the talk in the Black Hills surrounded a big winter storm expected to roll in the hills. And while I do give meteorologists some grief for their forecasts, they were right on the money on this one. The precipitation began Sunday evening with some rain, then it turned to snow, then people decided to simply stay home. While it’s not too bad yet (it’s 11 a.m. on Monday as I type), forecasters are predicting it to get much worse. Because of that sense of worsening, schools are closed, county offices are closed, clinics are closing — and it looks to be the same for tomorrow. While I don’t have a window in my office, if I stretch my neck just far enough I can see out a window, and, yep, it’s snowing. Although I’m a little optimistic, or should I say pessimistic, that the huge amounts of snow predicted actually won’t be coming — I guess we’ll have to wait and see!
Well, I best start stretching my back so I don’t pull something when the shoveling begins this afternoon…
Have a great week everyone,