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Snow storm??

Posted on November 9, 2012 at 10:10 PM

     For the last 24 hours, the weatherman has been predicting a Colorado low moving in and dumping a quarter of the snow that we would normally see in the winter.  Or aboiut 20 centimeters.  Wind and blwing snow are supposed to come to, creating the first major blizzard of the season.  People are hauling in the provisions and preparing to settle in for the weekend. 

     The snow was supposed to start at 9 pm tonight (or so the last reports we heard said - but that time moved a few times over the last day or so so who knows!)  A look out the window shows nothing.  Just black.  With no sun (or moon) out, that's not much of a surprise.

     Hopefully it doesn't snow too much.  The cows all need to be vaccinated, ivomeced and weighed for the winter.  We have been waiting for the rains to stop and the pens to dry up a little before we brought the cows in and mucked everything up.  We didn't want to make ruts through all the pens and then have the ground freeze on us before we could get everything smoothed out again.  One winter of fighting with uneven ground was enough!  The surface is still a little soft but a dumping of snow should help to provide a layer of insulation to keep the ground cold and firmer.  Too much won't be fun trudging through though! 

     We'll have to dig out the big winter jackets and mitts so that we can fill everything up with needles to keep them warm so the vaccines go through easier.  Some time this evening may have to be spent sharpening the pencils too so we can right tags and weights down without having to take off mitts or worry about frozen ink.

     Ahh... the joys of an early winter...

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