Many in Chicago braced themselves for a major snow storm yesterday. I even got a call from New Mexico asking how bad the storm was and how much air travel was affected. I hasten to assure my friends around the country that the storm was very mild indeed. My daughter flew in from Mexico yesterday in the height of the storm and her flight was only 10 minutes later than scheduled.
Driving in the city was really not bad at all. Many took off work and school expecting the worst. And so, it was relatively easy to get around town by car. Even our rush hour wasn't as bad as normal. Oh, sure there were parts of the city that had 6" to 10" of snow, and we drove awhile in slush but temperatures were high enough that we had very little, if any, ice to deal with. I can assure you that driving in snow and slush is a whole lot easier than driving on ice.
I had to chuckle a little. I was reminded of a trip I took with my children in New Mexico some years back. We experienced what I consider to be a bad snow storm. Halfway between Albuquerque and Grants, the snow was so deep that it was level with the windows of our car. We were stranded overnight in Grants, that year…the roads were impassible. That's what I call a snow storm. What we had yesterday was what looks like Winter's last gasp.
In Chicago if you don't like the weather, just hang out a little bit. It will inevitably change. And by all accounts, we're headed into the beginning of Spring. It actually appears that Spring will be early this year.
Sunday, (March 10) we change our clocks back to daylight savings time. Setting the clocks an hour ahead will give us a little bit more daylight. Tomorrow we'll have a bit more sunshine and the temperatures will already be in the mid 40 degrees by Friday.
I'll be watching for the first daffodils very soon.