A winter storm delivered some snow on Christmas Day to Hampton Roads for the first time since 1948 giving a festive atmosphere to 15 of my family members gathered in Gloucester. The landscape was sugar-coated when the last family member departed around 8:30 p.m. on the 25th.
With heavy snows overnight, we awoke this morning to a winter wonderland of white frosting views from every window in the house. Mounds of snow were piled on every horizontal surface and it was still accumulating in heavy snowfall.
I grabbed my camera and the dogs and I ventured out on a brisk, windy, snowy walk. We didn’t stay too long, just long enough to witness up close some of the works of art that Mother Nature created with snow.
Wind gusts were brisk and we were pelted by snow falling from tall trees catching us in whiteout conditions for brief moments.
Blasts of wind swirled through the woods causing heavy snow squalls obscuring the trees.
However, when there was a lull in the winds, we enjoyed magical sights of snow encrusted trees in our young woods.
Cold hands and pants soaked through, I decided 30 minutes was time enough to enjoy this delightful snowfall. The dogs and I were ready to head back to dry off in our warm home.
We arrived only to discover we had no electricity….. no heat in the house all day but mister gardener kept a roaring fire in the fireplace and we were snug and warm without electricity until 8:00 p.m. when power was restored. We were fortunate we did not have to face any travel headaches this holiday weekend. We were totally snowbound and liking it.
Ann Hohenberger, The Garden Club of Gloucester