Got a Small Blizzard Yesterday, Enjoy it While You Can

Snowing 12/18/15 mid afternoon and again after dark
Midland, Michigan
December 19, 2015 10:12am CST
A week ago it showed it was supposed to snow this Friday, which was yesterday, less than an inch. At the time, when I saw this forecast it was still in the forties and a bit hard to believe. But, yesterday the temps took a dive into the high twenties and it did snow some in the afternoon. The two images in the photo were taken then. The one on the left is of our ramp and you can really see the snow there, while the one on the right is our front porch. It shows the snow already on the ground. I left shortly after taking that picture, and the snow already quit and the sun was shining, but it was still only 28 degrees F. Later, after it already got dark, I heard that the highways were slippery and it was only then that I found out it started snowing again. Looking out the windows at work, you could see more snow on the pavement. It was quite windy yesterday, blowing about 16mph so that the snow didn't stay long in any one place but was blown about. By the time I left at 12:30am this morning, the pavement was bare for the most part and my car didn't need to be cleaned off which was a blessing. I know that the snow won't be staying around long, or be here for Christmas for it's supposed to get in the mid to high forties again next week and rain most days.
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@Asylum (48281)
• Manchester, England
19 Dec 15
We used to get vast amounts of snow during the winter when I was young, which thankfully seems to be a thing of the past nowadays.
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• Midland, Michigan
19 Dec 15
That seems odd that it snowed a lot when you were young, but not at all now. Every year around here is different to some degree, but it averages out to about the same through the years. The El Nino must be a lot stronger this year than it's been in the past to cause such warmer weather hereabouts this year. This weather is very strange, but I like not having to manage getting rid of the snow before going about my days.
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@Asylum (48281)
• Manchester, England
19 Dec 15
@MarshaMusselman The difference here is most likely due to global warming. We do not tend to notice an extra few degrees during the summer, but at winter it makes quite a difference. Now we end up with far too much rain instead.
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• Midland, Michigan
19 Dec 15
@Asylum How many degrees different do you think it is now to what it was when you were growing up? Course, I suppose it only needs to be five to ten different since it freezes at 32 or thereabouts, but if it's around thirty-eight it rains. So, it could still be rather cold there but raining. I personally don't attribute much to Global Warming. A politician in America came up with that term, yet he uses more electricity than the White house, or maybe about as much. If he were that worried about it, he'd try to use less energy than the average Joe.
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@PainsOnSlate (20254)
• Canada
27 Dec 15
We still haven't had any snow since a freak blow by weeks ago that lasted for an hour. Its pouring right now but its also getting colder so that is a bit scary.
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• Midland, Michigan
27 Dec 15
Do you not have anything headed your way in the forecast? Course, I don't know which side of Canada you're on. The blizzard headed our way will be turning east a bit and may hit CT and states nearby, but a portion of it may head into Canada above Michigan and the other states too. If you're on the west side, then you'll be missing this storm front, but I'm sure you'll get snow one of these days.
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• Canada
28 Dec 15
@MarshaMusselman I looked at the satellite weather and it appears it will be south of us here living just south of Lake Ontario. I'm sure it will hit us soon, I just want to be south when it happens if that is possible.
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• Midland, Michigan
28 Dec 15
@PainsOnSlate How far south do you go, for the winter I presume?
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@BelleStarr (38214)
• United States
21 Dec 15
There is no hope for us to have snow this year but miracles do happen.
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• Midland, Michigan
4 Jan 16
Did you get any snow from the front that went through the USA after Christmas? I don't see why there's no hope for snow, it's early yet.
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@BelleStarr (38214)
• United States
5 Jan 16
@MarshaMusselman We got slush but not much else.
• Midland, Michigan
5 Jan 16
@BelleStarr Our slush turned to ice, so there's snowy ice and thin ice on surfaces too. Not too safe, but it may warm up to 35 by Wed, and by the weekend or next week we're supposed to have rain. I'm sure this snow on the ground will be gone by then.
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@kaka135 (14065)
• Malaysia
21 Dec 15
I'd be happy to have some snow, but hopefully it won't be dangerous. As a person who stays in tropical country, I can hardly imagine how it is like.
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• Midland, Michigan
27 Dec 15
If your country had snow it would stop everything as no one would know how to drive in it or anything. Even in areas where people should be used to driving in snow and ice, people still aren't too smart. They go to fast for the weather and end up in ditches or the median on the highways. They've not learned it's better to go slow and get someplace late than to go quickly and not make it at all.
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@kaka135 (14065)
• Malaysia
27 Dec 15
@MarshaMusselman Here, I think it's better to drive a little slower when it's raining, as wet road is more slippery and driving fast is not a good idea. I suppose snowing might be worse. Hope the people can learn from the lessons....
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• Midland, Michigan
27 Dec 15
@kaka135 Na, they never learn. It happens each and every time it snows. I'm sure it's not the same people each time, but the next person thinks it won't happen to them. Maybe they got new tires, or they have on their winter tires or something and continue to drive quicker than the weather permits. Recently it was foggy, but you could see further than normal. The conditions seemed fine to drive at normal speeds which people did, but unbeknown to most of us there was a bit of what is called 'black ice' It's ice on black pavement that no one can see is there. Many cars went off the road that day.
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@Shellyann36 (9513)
• United States
22 Dec 15
Here in NC we NC we had five days of 70+ degree weather and then it got cold over the weekend. Now for Christmas it will be 70+ degrees again. Flip flops for Christmas!
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• Midland, Michigan
26 Dec 15
I pretty much enjoyed NC weather when I lived there in the early eighties. I lived in Greenville, but spent a bit of time in quite a bit of the towns there for meetings with our church and such. That is one state where I wouldn't mind living again, or at least going for vacations. While I was there it did get colder in the winter months, but we knew it would never last very long at all.
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• United States
29 Dec 15
@MarshaMusselman Normally it is cold this time of the year. I can remember when the older boys were playing rec football, I well remember standing out in the cold weather waiting for the game to be over or for practice to end in earlier months. It was really cold back then. This week it is raining all week and the weather is cooler but not down to freezing. I have lived here all of my life. I enjoy it but the hot humid summers are getting to me. I think that is because I am getting old.
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• Midland, Michigan
30 Dec 15
@Shellyann36 I still rather have it hot than cold, but I don't need it as hot as I did when younger. It's not because I'm getting old, I don't think, but because my husband is so extra warm that he needs the fans on constantly and then I need to wear sweaters in the house.
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@jaboUK (53920)
• United Kingdom
19 Dec 15
It's pretty mild in England - I didn't even need a coat when I went out for a walk today.
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• Midland, Michigan
20 Dec 15
It's supposed to be in the mid forties next week and then into the sixties before Christmas, but I'll still be wearing my coat. It may be unzipped, but it'll be with me in case the weather turns before I leave work late at night.
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@jaboUK (53920)
• United Kingdom
20 Dec 15
@MarshaMusselman I'd need a coat if I was going out at night like you.
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@just4him (116780)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
19 Dec 15
It's nice to see snow somewhere. So far we've had two days of very light to almost un-noticeable snow flurries and it didn't last very long.
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• Midland, Michigan
27 Dec 15
You may get some of the wintry mix that is headed our way these next few days, Valerie. It's coming up from texas and heading east after it comes through our part of Michigan. A portion of the western states -west of Chicago will get some it it too.
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@just4him (116780)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
27 Dec 15
@MarshaMusselman I saw that on the map I looked at earlier on the weather site.
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@marlina (73885)
• Canada
19 Dec 15
Just be careful in case it is slippery. My niece just broke her arm last week from slipping .
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• Midland, Michigan
19 Dec 15
I was, I walked to the car with a shopping cart just to be sure. Last year it snowed so much I couldn't push a cart through the snow and I could barely walk through it myself, but there was enough pavement last night to ensure safe walking if watching. I drove home slowly at first too until I saw the roads were completely dry and free of snow or ice.
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@marlina (73885)
• Canada
19 Dec 15
@MarshaMusselman Glad that you are being careful.
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@TheHorse (65694)
• Pleasant Hill, California
20 Dec 15
It looks pretty, and not too deep. Where in the US are you?
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• Midland, Michigan
20 Dec 15
It wasn't deep at all, just a covering then. Later that night it snowed a bit more and possibly covered the pavement 1/2 to one inch, but it was so windy that by the time I left work at midnight most of the snow was blown away. I'm in mid-Michigan.
@amnabas (10282)
• Karachi, Pakistan
19 Dec 15
Thats quite a soothing view you must be enjoying your weather.
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• Midland, Michigan
19 Dec 15
Not me. It'd be fine with me if it didn't snow at all this winter even though when it rains it's damper than when it snows. The kids and many families would like to see snow for Christmas, but they'll have to go further north or to the west to get snow in a week this year.
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27 Dec 15
well, with Christmas come & gone, I don't "need" snow that much. But it would be nice to have a couple big snows before spring for the sake of my kids.
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@paigea (22195)
• Canada
19 Dec 15
Our snow is staying around for Christmas.
• Midland, Michigan
19 Dec 15
Did it snow much there already? I though much of Canada was still snow free, but I guess it depend on what portion of Canada you live in. I know the western states in America have a lot of snow and just from recent storms for some of their highways are closed already.
@paigea (22195)
• Canada
19 Dec 15
@MarshaMusselman we got snow about a week ago. The ground is nicely covered. And it is supposed to stay cold enough to keep the snow.
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@softbabe44 (5902)
• Vancouver, Washington
20 Dec 15
You really have to be careful with the weather it can days really make for a blessing.