Last week snowstorms rolled through one on top of another. The snow was coming in such quantities that it was becoming a problem of where to put it all. The piles on the side of the driveway grew higher and the snowblower was, in some cases, having difficulty tossing it up and over.
People often think of weather dangers in terms of noisy and violent cataclysms. Last night a dangerous situation was developing. Strong winds were buffeting the house and I awoke for a moment to see flashes of lightning. Lightning in the middle of winter? It's pretty much unheard of and I don't think I can ever recall lightning in winter.
The wind brought with it warm air. When this warmer air hit the open fields of snow, heavy fog developed and blanketed the countryside.
Not only does it mean dangerous driving conditions it means that the mountains of snow that fell last week will soon be torrents of water. Flash flood warning are already being issued.
One thing I know about water is that it will always have it's way. Human engineers can build barriers but the water will have it's way in the end.
Here's a tattered remnants of a little snow fort my son made for the Chihuahua's on Christmas eve.
And behind it you'll see a small stream of water flowing in the swail behind the house.
Stay safe out there.