From photos of snowy landscape in Vancouver, WA

“Snow Still Here: Vancouver, WA” photos by Bea Garth

This last week we had more snow than I ever thought possible here in Vancouver, WA.  Previously when I lived across the river years ago  in Portland, we never had snow

"Our Snowy Street in Vancouver" photo by Bea Garth, copyright 2017
“Our Snowy Street in Vancouver” photo by Bea Garth, copyright 2017

so often or so deep. Last week we had over 12 inches of snow!!

Now here it is nearly a week later and its still here. Tomorrow it may snow again, then followed by freezing rain. We decided to go shopping for food before the roads become impassable again!

I have to chalk this up to Global Warming. Weather everywhere seems more extreme than it used to be. Of course we don’t have huge drifts. However the main problem here is that it does not snow enough to warrant getting snow tires for most people. We have chains, but driving around on them has to be kept to a bare minimum in order to not wreck the tires. Plus honestly its still dangerous. Now many of the main streets are clear, but the side ones often are still full of snow and ice. People are still getting stuck a week after our comparatively big snow.

"Snowy Front of House/Driveway" photo by Bea Garth, copyright 2017
“Snowy Front of House/Driveway” photo by Bea Garth, copyright 2017

Nevertheless, I am glad to be where we are. We have a warm, well insulated house, and live in a place where neighbors are actually neighborly. For instance when Chris was clearing the snow from the driveway, two neighbors came over and helped!

Plus to be honest, this snowy patch should be over in a week at the most. Unless all of us are wrong! Its not the same as living somewhere where it is snowy for months at a time.

"Side-deck Snow, Vancouver WA" photo by Bea Garth, copyright 2017
“Side-deck Snow, Vancouver WA” photo by Bea Garth, copyright 2017


“Snowy Landscape in Vancouver, WA” 2 photos by Bea Garth

Chris and I went walking out in the snow today. We certainly didn’t expect snow here, especially so early. For me, being so recently from California these many years, the powdery snow looks quite inviting!

"Snowy Walk in Vancouver" photo by Bea Garth, copyright 2016
“Snowy Walk in Vancouver” photo of Vancouver, WA by Bea Garth, copyright 2016

Last night listening to the news,  we learned the area is not that well prepared for snow. Last night it seemed like  the whole of the cities of Portland and Vancouver were  slipping and sliding! It was reported that today many businesses and schools were closed.

Fortunately for us,  we bought chains yesterday. Nevertheless, rather than drive to the store this afternoon, we decided to walk.

"Snowy Bramble and Trees," photo of Vancouver, WA by Bea Garth, copyright 2016
“Snowy Bramble and Trees,” photo of Vancouver, WA by Bea Garth, copyright 2016

It wasn’t nearly as cold as I thought it would be.  The snow was already starting to melt despite the low temperature outside. It just hasn’t been that cold that long here for the snow to really stick. Nevertheless it was/is beautiful!

The news is that it will be staying cold the next few days, before it warms up next week. Everyone here I hear is looking forward to the return of more temperate rain!!