It is that time of year. It does not matter whether you are hiding on the coast of North Carolina like we are, or whether you are waiting for the next round of snow to find the Roanoke Valley. Winter is here.
We can only hope that it will not be as bad as last year when it seemed that I would never stop shoveling snow on our mountan overlooking downtown Roanoke. I know Roanoke has already seen a dusting of snow.
Here on the coast we barely escaped the same fate last weekend. After a week when the last day of November saw a high temperature of 76F, our temperature followed a steady decline from the December 1 high of 68F.
On Saturday December 4, our afternoon high was 43F. By the time we were taking some clients out to dinner that evening, the temperature had slipped to 34F and almost everywhere north and west of us was seeing snow.
Friends in Pulaski, Va. told us that they got four inches snow on Saturday. At least that was the best that they could measure with the high winds blowing things around.
The second week of December was a week of upside down weather, we ended up having one day where the high temperature of 35F matched our normal low temperature. I felt like that we had been given an icing penalty for all the nice fall weather that we have enjoyed.
Yesterday afternoon I contemplated using our skiff as an icebreaker. With the boat being on a lift, it does not take a lot of effort to be out on the water. However, when I got home yesterday afternoon, I found that the water in our normally full channel was down to a marginal level. I decided to pass and wait for high tide today, but we have awakened to a cold rain so I doubt that I will be out on the water today.
Fortunately our temperatures did not drop below freezing last night so I believe that all the area waters are now ice free. I guess that is just in time for the next freeze. While they have told us to expect temperatures perhaps reaching the sixties tomorrow, it appears that Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, we will be back to seeing high temperatures which look suspiciously like our normal December low temperatures of 35F.
On Tuesday, one forecast has our area just barely making it to 32F. We have been living on the coast for five winters, and I can never remember a day when we did not make it above freezing.
As for Roanoke, the area has my sympathy. The same forecast is calling for a chance of snow on Sunday and Monday with the high temperature for Monday and Tuesday being 27F. The low temperatures are going to be around 13F which is bone chilling for Southwest Virginia. That will especially be the case when you add in winds of over 20 miles per hour.
At least there is no huge snow storm on the horizon like there was in Roanoke last December. I would imagine Roanoke residents won't mind the cold if they can avoid a couple of feet of snow.
At least one of our pansies is standing tall against this cold weather. If we can make it to January, the warming Carolina sun will perk up the others.