Snowstorm schmostorm

Imaginary Karin - snowstorm January 2015

It started snowing yesterday afternoon, and shortly after the wind picked up. By evening we had a real snowstorm raging outside.

At around 18:00 yesterday I shovelled the driveway and went to the grocery store – when I got back 45 min later the driveway had already filled up again. That’s how much it snowed. I was lucky my car didn’t get stuck.

Today the storm continues.
The main roads are cleared, but the smaller ones are pretty bad. Our little street has been reduced to a pair of wheel tracks through the snow.
The dog does NOT want to go outside, and for once I agree with him. I normally don’t mind harsh weather, but this is a bit much even for me.

Imaginary Karin - snowstorm January 2015

You know what’s funny though?
Nothing’s closed. The stores are open, and the buses run as usual.

As a child I would hear about the “snow days” they had in the south. How they would close shops and schools and everyone would stay home. I was so envious! I never got to stay home from school just because it was snowing!

Now, I understand why it’s hard to deal with snow down there.
In the south it’s usually warmer which means the snow is often much wetter and heavier than what we get up here. It can’t be fun or easy to deal with. And in big cities with buildings everywhere it’s difficult to find places to dump the snow once it’s off the streets.

But it’s still sounds a bit funny to me when they freak out over 5cm of snow in Stockholm when we can get 50cm and nobody bats an eyelid. ;)

Imaginary Karin - snowstorm January 2015

Anyway, it’s still snowing like crazy, and the weather report says even more snow is on it’s way.

I just hope to see a tractor in my neighbourhood before Monday morning. I can clear my own driveway, but if they don’t take care of the street from my house to the main road I won’t be able to get my car out. Oh well, worse case scenario I’ll take the bus.

And I know I’m probably crazy, but I’d rather deal with this than extreme heat and drought.
As my dad always puts it: “At least we’re mosquito-less”. :D


  1. 1 February 2015

    We don’t get that much snow here all at once, but last week we had a “blizzard” and got maybe 10 inches. They closed *everything* and we’re all looking around like “why?” We’re expecting another 12 inches tomorrow, but they say we were going to get 24 inches last week and we got 10 so … we’ll see what actually falls. A little further south of us got about 30 inches, which is a lot of snow. But, … in New Hampshire snow is expected this time of year, and normal! It should be something to panic over. And like you, I prefer snow to mosquitoes!!

  2. 3 February 2015

    Wow, you really got a lot of snow! Here in the almost-south we have much enough too. But do you seriously mean that they used to have snow days in the south of Sweden? I’ve only heard of one in my life – and that was during the famous 17th of November storm in 1995.

    • Karin
      4 February 2015

      It’s not all the time, but at least once a year it’s on the news about southerners not being able to go to work and kids not being able to get to school and there’s general mayhem. But I guess the news can exaggerate. :P

  3. 3 February 2015

    Whoaaa, that’s so much snow! I’m amazed it’s still snowing too. Hopefully they’ll clear out the street by your house so you can get to the main road. My area is not used to snow at all. (We actually ice over more often than snow.) If it snows even a little bit, everything is shut down!

    • Karin
      4 February 2015

      To be fair ice can be just as bad, if not worse, than snow. Last year we barely had any snow at all, just layers upon layers of shiny slippery ice, and that was by far the worst winter I’ve ever experienced. :S

  4. Ann-Kristin
    5 February 2015

    Alltså, ni har mycket mera snö än vi har i Ö-vik, verkar det som.

    • Karin
      6 February 2015

      Jaså, ni slapp snöstormen? Tur för er, dom håller fortfarande på och röjer undan snöhögarna här.

  5. 9 February 2015

    Whew, that sure is a lot of snow!! I agree with you in that I’ve never experienced a snow day. Things just go on as normal here in Calgary. Hopefully the weather gets a little teeny bit warmer!

  6. 9 February 2015

    I know it’s been a while, but I hope you guys are okay now! We had a few winter storm warnings here too, but it wasn’t too bad in my area.

  7. 9 February 2015

    You deal with that snow as if it was nothing! Typical Australians really have no clue what to do with snow. :P

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