December Snow 2008

The past week and a half has seen no less than 17 inches of snow fall in our neighborhood in the suburbs north of Seattle. That has us above the yearly total already! And nearly all of it before the official start of winter. Let's hope it isn't an omen for the rest of the winter.

We haven't let a "little" snow stop us though, being out and about most every day it has dumped on us. Thankfully we haven't gotten it all at once with the major increments being 3, 4, 6, and then 4 inches. We even went out to our favorite breakfast spot yesterday morning after the 6 inches fell. We could do this in part because of the 4WD truck, but also because they've done a good job of plowing the main roads.

I have to give some serious kudos to Audi though. Our primary car for getting around is a 10 year old A4 Quattro and believe you me, Quattro works. We actually hadn't driven the truck until yesterday and had navigated the several inches of snow, packed snow, ice, and black ice roads with just the Audi with nary a problem. Where other drivers were being (overly) cautious, I felt secure at moderate speeds with the Quattro action pulling the car around corners nicely. I even tried to have a little fun at times and besides a little wiggle here and there, it was rock solid.

The sun was out for a good chunk of a couple of days leading to some very pretty pictures. And I must admit that freshly fallen snow is very pretty. I'm just not looking forward to it all melting and turning to slush.

We've been fortunately to nearly have no power outages. The power did go out Saturday night for about an our at 3am. We had visions of being without power for a long period of time and "threw another dog on the bed" for warmth, but were pleased when Snohomish County PUD did a fantastic job and had power restored before we had to get up. With all the snow on threes the risk is there there for more power lines down so I'm crossing my fingers that there are no more outages.

The dogs have surprisingly loved the snow, well Sydney loves it and McKenna dislikes it less than we thought he would. McKenna would seem to prefer snow to rain and has ventured out in it some, but does seem to tire of it after a bit. Sydney has chased his ball and plowed through 4-6 inches willingly, but after the 6 inches was added yesterday morning didn't like trying to go through 10+ inches.

It does look like we'll have a white Christmas as temperatures should be staying the low 30's with some additional flurries from time to time. Perhaps others of you are having white Christmas' too!

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