From Ice to Early Spring
It’s been an interesting Groundhog Day so far and it’s still not even 9 am in the morning. I woke up to one of the most miserable looking weather spectacles in a while. Everything was coated in a thick ice, but it was also raining pretty hard and melting at the same time. So when it came to scraping the car off I had a real hard time with the windshield and rear window. I couldn’t chip through the ice at all with my ice scraper on the back or front window for a bit. The only reason I was able to get the windshield semi clear at all was because I was able to break ice off at the windshield wipers and could chip upwards somewhat from there. The rear window had no wipers and I had no such luck scraping it. I ended up leaving that covered in ice and it is still covered in ice after the whole ride to work. The side windows were surprisingly easy to clear because with the above freezing temperatures the ice was not stuck tight to the glass. I was able to roll down the windows and break the ice off from the inside.
On the drive I had defrosts blasting but my little viewing area that I had chipped off didn’t seem to be expanding at all. Then about a half hour into the drive, the ice suddenly shattered on the windshield and scared me half to death. It was incredibly loud and I thought my windshield was shattering. Once I realized that nothing was wrong, I slowed my heart rate back to normal and began enjoying my new expanded view of the road. The back window though stayed stubborn and never cleared up. The roads must have been salted well because they weren’t too bad, but there were power outages and all the stoplights on Route 313 were completely out when I was driving down it. My car didn’t actually slip from ice at all until I got to work and slid a little bit past the driveway. I did the same exact thing last week from the snowstorm. I actually slid past my house last night when I went home too. I guess I should slow down sooner when approaching my final destinations in bad weather.
The good news for Groundhog Day is that the groundhog did not see his shadow this year! Hooray! It isn’t often that he doesn’t see his shadow and it’s a good omen because it means Spring will come sooner. With the Winter we’ve had this year I know that there are a lot of people looking forward to the warmer weather again. A groundhog is by no means scientific and I don’t know his track record for being correct, but it’s a glimmer of hope. He’s got to have some sort of accuracy or he probably wouldn’t have his own holiday. Onward to Spring!
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