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If it weren’t messy enough…

Snow today, rain tomorrow... (The Spokesman-Review)
Snow today, rain tomorrow... (The Spokesman-Review)

Good morning, Netizens...

If it weren't truly mad enough with over 40 inches of snow on the flat, snow berms the sizes of Volkswagen beetles on every street corner and ridiculous emergency declarations that the City, County and State have issued that really do nothing to resolve the ugly mess we're in, now we have RAIN.

The wooly gray skies shortly after dawn this morning made no promises that we would see sunshine anytime today, either. Rather, we are facing winter storm watches and hazardous weather alerts throughout most of the day, with rain, snow and rain mixed with snow for most of this coming week.

Of course, muttering dire imprecations about the current weather will accomplish nothing at all, but remind us how messy this all is. However, if we wish for warm, balmy weather, then we will have a really big mess when this all melts down and then we have flood warnings.

Shouldn't we be happy and content with our snow berms or should we hope for flooding?

On the optimistic side, we can actually see bare pavement on our street after the grader came by yesterday with its blade firmly on the ground. Ordinary cars, not just big four-wheel-drive pickups, are moving once again, hence we can hope that what passes for normal commerce in this plebian town will resume sometime soon.

But try and buy a snow-blower, a snow shovel, rock salt or other devices for snow removal. They delivered 16 new snow blowers to a nearby hardware store yesterday morning just after opening, and by 10:00 AM they were sold out again.

Fortunately we had several snow blowers working on our intersection. Today we have rain. Tomorrow we may have ice again, but for a time, we have exhilaration.


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