Snow-filled winter similar to past years

The woodchuck saw his shadow and predicted six more weeks of winter. On Dec. 17 and 18 a winter storm dropped three to four feet of snow on Bradford County. As I am writing this column, the weatherman is calling for more snow, and another storm out west is forming for the coming week, with the probability of more snow.

I’ve been thinking we are experiencing an old fashioned winter, with the storm a week before Christmas that dropped four feet of snow on Bradford County, along with below and near-zero temperatures and ice. This definitely will be a winter that won’t be forgotten.

This winter will rank right up there with the winter of 1992-93. In that year, we experienced heavy snows, including the snowfall on March 13, which was labeled as the “Blizzard of ’93” and the largest storm of the century. This storm left up to 30 inches of snow in the mountains, which brought the total snowfall in the mountain areas to 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 feet.

In the fall of 1993, we had the famous Halloween snow that left us with up to 20 inches of snow on the mountain tops. Starting on Dec. 21, 1993, there was a 93-day streak of continuous snow cover on the ground. That year we had the whitest Christmas since 1969. Nine inches of snow fell on Jan. 4, 1994. On Jan. 17, another snow storm dumped almost 17 inches. Over four inches of the white stuff fell on Feb. 11, and on March 3, we had about nine more inches of snow.

The winter of 1993 to 1994 is another winter which won’t be forgotten by those of us in Northern Pennsylvania. That winter surpassed previous snowfall records for Bradford County. School closings, disabled vehicles (stuck in snow), shoveling walks until arm muscles ached, and roof cave-ins were common occurrences. Most of us experienced varying degrees of the cabin fever epidemic which spread throughout the area.

During that winter, excerpts from a diary supposedly written by a newcomer to Bradford County were being passed around town, however, I do believe the entries were written tongue-in-cheek. With all the bleak news this winter, I believe a good laugh would be appreciated, so here are the diary entries:

• Aug. 12, Moved to our new home in Bradford County. It is so beautiful here. The mountains are so majestic. I can hardly wait to see them covered with snow.

• Oct. 14, Bradford County is the most beautiful place on earth. The leaves have all changed colors, shades of red and orange. Went for a ride through the beautiful mountains and saw some deer. They are so graceful, certainly the most wonderful animals on earth.

• Nov. 11, Deer season will start soon. I can’t imagine anyone wanting to kill such gorgeous creatures. Hope it will snow soon. I love it here.

• Dec. 2, It snowed last night. Awakened to find everything covered in white. It looks like a picture postcard. Went outside and cleaned the snow off the steps and shoveled the driveway. Afterwards, we had a snowball fight (I won). Then the snowplow came by, and I had to shovel the driveway again. What a beautiful place. I love Bradford County.

• Dec. 12, more snow fell last night. I love it. The snowplow driver did his trick again to the driveway, “the rascal.”

• Dec. 19, more snow last night. I couldn’t get out of the driveway to get to work. I’m exhausted from shoveling. The snowplow driver did his trick again.

• Dec. 22, more of the white stuff fell last night. I’ve got blisters on my hands from shoveling. I think the snowplow driver hides around the curve and waits until I’m done shoveling the driveway. ‘Jerk.’

• Dec. 25, Merry Christmas — NOT. More snow. If I ever get my hands on the jerk that drives that snowplow, I swear I’ll wring his neck. Why don’t they use more salt on the roads to melt the stupid ice?

• Dec. 27, more white stuff last night. I’ve been inside for three days except for shoveling out the driveway after the snowplow goes through. I can’t go anywhere, cars stuck in a mountain of snow. The weatherman says to expect 10 inches of new snow tonight. How many shovels of snow will that be?

• Dec. 28, Weatherman was wrong. We got 34 inches of the white stuff this time. At this rate, it won’t melt before next summer. The snowplow got stuck up the road and that jerk came to the door and asked to borrow my shovel. After I told him I had broken six shovels already shoveling snow that he pushed into my driveway, I broke my last one over his stupid head.

• Jan. 4, finally got out of the house today. Went to the store to get food, and on the way back, a darn deer ran in front of my car, and I hit it. Did $3,000 damage to the car. Those dumb beasts should all be killed. I wish the hunters had shot them all last fall.

• May 3, Took the car to the garage in town. Would you believe the thing is rusting out from all that salt they put on the road?

• May 10, Moved to Florida. I can’t imagine why anyone in their right mind would ever live in that God-forsaken Bradford County, Pennsylvania.

I never heard of anyone admitting to being the author of this diary, but I hope you had a good laugh while reading these pages.

Just remember, we still have the months of February and March, which can produce some heavy snowfalls. However, the month of March also produces many early signs of spring, such as robins, red-winged blackbirds, skunk cabbage, and night-time temperatures above freezing. These are all things that we look for after a hard winter.


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