Winter On The Range

Snow. More snow. And, more snow.

It began snowing in the pre-dawn darkness, Wednesday morning. Three days of light snow. Not terribly much in accumulation, perhaps 3-4 inches by late Thursday afternoon. The cold, not too bitter, staying around 5° F/-15° C during the overnight, around 25° F/- 4° C during the daytime. The skies were partly cloudy at sunrise, this morning. Within a couple of hours, the clouds filled back in and began snowing again.

It does make for some pretty.

Wednesday morning: line shack weathering the snow (JN Ranch/North Ranch, Dec 26 2018)

returning home: wintry, foggy drive into the JN Valley (Dec 27 2018)

Christmastime: candles in the window (North Ranch, Dec 28 2018)

The snow is forecasted to end during the overnight, before returning on New Year’s Eve. The cold is expected to continue for another week.


North Ranch: Winter Morning

A winter morning.

woods and cottages in winter white

A new day begins at North Ranch, with a fresh snowy mantle and crystal clear skies. The brisk temperature is noted before starting the day’s work.

Occasionally, the wildlife will make an appearance later in the day. They are well accustomed to the snow and cold, and well experienced in foraging.

passing through: deer on a snow-covered trail


“If this was hockey, the referee would have likely called icing.”

On the fringe of the arctic outbreak, it’s been cold enough. Granted, it’s not like the very frigid conditions in the Upper Midwest. After a while, bitter cold is bitter cold. Throw in ice and snow, the cold becomes colder.




Though not a problem on the freeway and main arterials, the five inches of snow we had on Saturday made for some challenging driving on the residential streets. To those featured on “Ice Road Truckers“, they’d probably say our neighborhood streets were not all that bad.



Even the birds need to warm their feathers before taking flight.


On Monday morning, we awoke to temperatures of -10°F/-23°C. Since then, our temperatures have moderated but have missed the overly optimistic forecasts of the weather guessers at the National Weather Service and on the local TV stations. But, that’s what snow on the ground and cloud cover will do for you.

A flight to somewhere warm may be in order …