The red triangle alert came through my smartphone in the late afternoon: winter storm warning.
The vXwife was sitting in the grass pulling weeds. In shorts, because it was in the high 60s and sunny.
But, we live near the mountains, and we get mountain weather. The snow started around 10 PM: heavy, wet snow … not typical Utah powder. And the snow was being driven by strong winds from the north.
By 1 AM, we could hear branches breaking. Before 2 AM, we were out with brooms, knocking snow off as many branches as we could reach. When the snow ended around 11 AM, we’d ended up with 18 inches.
This is a chain link fence, taken from less than 10 feet away. This is on a bridge over the interstate. Notice the interstate above the fence? I didn’t think so.
The conifers and shrubs were flexible enough to handle this. Here’s our neighbors pine at about 9 AM:
The tall, deciduous trees that had leafed out were hard hit. Cottonwoods seeded to take it the worst. Here’s the aftermath for another neighbor,s cottonwood:
A different angle:
It most definitely was not like the damage from other natural disasters … but who worries about a blizzard on Mother’s Day?