Last Thursday / Friday brought us quite a winter (uhhhhh...perhaps, I should say "autumn") wonderland. It doesn't have quite as nice a ring to it, but it IS a little more accurate.
It stuck around just long enough to steal some large branches from the trees, and was gone within two or three days. If it hadn't left its calling card of hundreds of broken branches in the area, you might not know it had ever stopped by for a visit.
It was amazing to see the trees and bushes bent to the ground with snow while, at the same time, my Ivy Geranium was still blooming in the hanging basket. The snow in the yard was about four or five inches deep. but as you can see in the pics the grass beneath the trees remained green and untouched. The heavy, wet snow clung to the leaves and boughs of the trees , but never reached the sheltered grass below.
Because the roadways were cluttered with large broken branches and power was lost, the schools in the area were cancelled. My kids were a little disappointed that our homeschool went on as scheduled, the only absentees were heat, water, and lights.