March 14th, 2017

Yep, it’s a blizzard

No doubt about it.

The weatherman (woman? person?) was correct. High winds and enough snow to reduce visibility a great deal. A day for hunkering down, which is fine as long as the power holds out.

Mid-March snowstorms are not the least bit unusual here. In fact, I consider March and much of April to be winter, whatever the calendar may say.

11 Responses to “Yep, it’s a blizzard”

  1. Delilah Says:

    No!!! Every storm is caused by global warming!!!! When I was a kid I remember snow storms in upstate NY — once on May 20 and another time on June 9th.

  2. Philip Says:

    It was/is insane out there. I’ve been out in it for hours, going to a funeral, dinner with the family and back home. There was so much ice on my windshield wipers, there was more ice than wiper. I got stuck twice, almost got stuck a third time. Ironically (literally – haw!), the only time I got really truly stuck for a while was when trying to get back into my apartment parking lot, having survived all the rest.

    Now I’m in, having seen Don to his rest, and I’m not coming back out until (maybe) tomorrow.

  3. Cornhead Says:

    I recall a few years back a blizzard so bad that thousands of cows died in SD. No national media coverage.

  4. parker Says:

    I hope everyone’s power stays on. March blizzards are not usual in the northern half of Iowa. April snow happens sometimes and ruins the fruit blossoms. Once in a while we get flurries in May. Mid continental weather is often extreme, especially when it comes to temperatures.

  5. physicsguy Says:

    Fortunate here in SE CT, turned to sleet, and then rain. Kept our total down to 8.5″. Was predicted to be 16-24. All it takes is a bit of jog for the low by about 50 miles to make a huge difference in the outcome of a Nor’easter.

  6. SCOTTtheBADGER Says:

    Here in Wisconsin, we get the occasional snow in April. Those ones tend to be rather impressive snows, a foot or more, but they are gone within 2 days, when the warm temps come right back.

  7. AesopFan Says:

    As neo suggests, it’s not really spring if you are hiding Easter Eggs in the snow. I always lose a few branches to “spring” snows in Colorado.

    However, it was nearly 70 today. 🙂

  8. Yancey Ward Says:

    When I grew up in Eastern Kentucky, the heaviest snow we ever got came in the first week of April- 3 feet of of heavy wet snow, but if you drove just down the valley about 10 miles, it did nothing but rain those two days.

    And, of course, there was the famous Blizzard of 93 which hit in the second week of March in the South and up the east coast. I lived in Atlanta during that one- just north of the city got over two feet of snow, while in city we got about a half foot- a lot for Atlanta.

  9. Yancey Ward Says:

    And, of course, there is the mid Fall storm in Connecticut in 2011 that happened a couple of days before Halloween. There were enough leaves on the trees still that the heavy wet snow knocked out power in most of the state for over a week. It was basically that storm that led to my final decision to leave CT- I left the next day and never really returned.

  10. physicsguy Says:

    Yancey: yep and also Irene was a lot of fun. Hope to get out of here in 2 years via retirement. When people ask why I want to get out of CT, I just reply “taxes and the weather”.

  11. Yancey Ward Says:


    One of the reasons the 2011 storm so dispirited me is because it came two months after Irene which also left me without power for almost 1 week.

    Both storms were eerie listening to the trees and large limbs breaking and crashing all around me. Not something I ever want to be in again.

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