Tahoe Today | A typical snow storm
This is how my evening last week started. I watched the Bay Area news, staring in amazement. My eyes widened as I listened to the weather report. I saw the storm hitting the Bay Area and with all the hoopla. The weather man shook his head and said, “This storm is a doozy, folks – high winds and lots of flooding expected. Take precaution.”
Then, I checked the Sacramento news on KCRA. I noticed it was getting worse. Interstate 80 was closed due to white-out conditions, and U.S. Highway 50 required four-wheel drive, or snow tires.
“Carry your chains,” the anchor said.
Last but not least, I checked KTVN Channel 2 Reno.
“Well, folks, we are in for it today,” the weather man said as he pointed to five days of snow.
The five days passed and finally I can claw my way out of my house. I hate to say it, but I really love being snowed in. I know many of you think I’m crazy, but I just love watching the snow fall. Now my husband takes a different point of view about this; he is the one who is snow blowing our 80-foot driveway every other day. The snow is so high he says there is just nowhere else to put it.
On a typical snow day, we have about 10 or more feet of plowed snow in Upper Kingsbury before you can enter our driveway. On our street there are no address signs left whatsoever. Everything is buried in the snow and it amazes me how UPS or Fed-X can find our house. I have to give them a lot of credit: they must use GPS to locate our home.
On a typical snow day after plowing the front of our house, my husband works on the back of the house to create a doggie trail for our German shepherds, Princess and Sadie Ann. I’m sure you have seen my dogs; they are the ones in our red Jeep running about town with both there heads sticking out of one window.
That trail is about half a mile long, just so they can run and play. However, in this last storm, the snow fell at the rate of one inch per hour, so this repetition went on all day and all night.
I chuckled as I made my way around town to see how others felt about our monumental snow this season. But first someone had to snowplow our driveway so I could talk to the locals just to see how they were coping.
It was then we ran into our neighbor across the street, Herb. He is a wonderful guy. He became my hero when he brought his Kubota, sit-down snow blower to our house to dig my husband out and topple our berm in about 20 minutes. What a guy. Tahoe neighbors are the best. Herb is 80 years old, fit as a fiddle and he still keeps trucking along. We couldn’t thank Herb enough.
I finally made my way out of the house and when I reached the 7-Eleven on U.S. Highway 50, people were talking.
“I hear there is a big storm coming,” one gentleman said.
Another mentioned he had never seen this much snow in one winter. We all looked at one another. Just another typical snow day at the Lake.
– Dayle Schear is a South Shore resident and
psychic who has published five books and worked with “Hard Copy.” Her website is http://www.dayleschear.com.