Just a few days ago we were enjoying temperatures of 40°F, but for NW Montana this felt oddly uncomfortable and not like Christmas at all. Finally the skies delivered, and a major snowstorm ushered in the first hint of Christmas.
Folks around these parts were beginning to believe that the Grinch had stolen Christmas. Typically white for at least 4-5 months out of the year, several days of torrential rain and 40°F weather even had the locals grumbling.
The words "weird" and "odd" were bandied around, and even though some said "I'll take it", the general consensus was that no snow on the ground by December was almost unnatural. We are just a handful of miles away from Glacier National Park after all.
I guess it must be a case of just what you're used to. For people like me, Christmas just isn't Christmas without white stuff on the ground. For folks in warmer climates, a beer on the beach might be in order, but give me snow and the roar of a log fire any day of the week.
The first major snowfall often seems to catch us off guard, even though we know its coming. Normally at this time of the year, the plows have had a workout and roads are efficiently cleared by gallant men (or women, this is Montana), in well-oiled machines. But without much practice this year, we're still very much in the gearing up stage.
Although "the storm led to severe driving conditions" across the state according to KPAX News 8, it did provide the first opportunity for some wintry Christmas shots -- you know the Christmas card variety complete with virgin snow.
So enjoy the scenery, and Merry Christmas.