"Oh, the weather outside is frightful...."
I had been keeping an eye on the forecast, as I have for every other "false alarm" we've had this winter. Even at 3am, I woke up with my trusty Kindle Fire at my side to check the temperature and look outside - and braced myself that the forecast would be wrong (AGAIN) and there would only be rain and not the white stuff.
Then, Miss Mikayla woke me up at 5:45 (our 5am early riser) announcing 4J schools had the day off! Woo hoo!!!!
I'm so happy for the kids, the city of Eugene, and our school district. It may be a little late, but we'll take it!!! (And, P.S.....not to be spiteful, but Portland - who all so often kicks our butt with snowfall, has nothing but rain right now - this storm centered on the southern Willamette Valley...it's about time!!)
The casualties of this freak late snow are the flowering plum trees that have just begun losing their blossoms. Now, they are losing big chunks of their branches - all throughout our neighborhood, as the weight of the snow on that much foliage is too much to bear!
(Postscript: We ended up with a measurement of 7 and 1/2 inches at the nearby airport....this snow dumping is definitely unprecedented for this time of year in Oregon. And, definitely, based on all of the accidents and slick roads, a very good decision by the school districts to cancel. Despite the rain coming down for the whole second half of the day, the temps never got much higher than 34 degrees, and therefore the ground is still covered in white. We'll have to see what happens for tomorrow, they say the rain is supposed to turn to snow again tonight.)