Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Caught off Guard.
The weather radio said flurries today. That being so, I did not drive one of the vehicles down the mountain and park it by the county road. It's a good hike back from there, and I only do it these days if I have to. This afternoon about three it started snowing very hard, and now it's too late. My Jeep trail has a cliff on one side, and a deep ravine on the other. Hitting the cliff would be bad, but going over in the ravine doesn't bear thinking about. I can get out if there's not a freeze, and the snow just stays snow. We are going into single digits tonight. That means if it got above freezing and any of it melted during the day, I'm sunk.
Unless I bundle up and walk down the mountain, I won't know if there's snow all the way to the county road. With this kind of snow, it's likely that the higher elevations got snow but the lower elevations got little or none. Or, it could have snowed all over the entire county. I could turn the scanners on and see if the road crew is out, and I may do that when I get some coffee brewed. That will tell me what I need to know. Or I could call the county road shed in the morning, but it's too late tonight.
The wind is howling. It sounds like a freight train off in the distance. It's plenty cold out there, and I'm not interested in getting out in it. I got the chickens and the inside barn cat fed before the snow got too bad, and I am going to feed the outside barn cats and my dogs on the porch. If I can get them to come out of the straw house. Sometimes, when it's this cold, they just skip a meal to stay warm.
Well, the power is holding up. I have plenty of propane, firewood if need be, food, water, animal supplies and everything else I need. I'll just have to wait and see what tomorrow brings.