Days ago I heard that the area of Virginia where I live was in for some winter weather yesterday: temperatures in the 20s (that’s as cold as -6 Celsius), some snow in the morning and freezing sleet and rain in the afternoon and overnight. For someone who’s lived in a clime that is relatively tropical for the last seven years (well, Rome is tropical in comparison with Moscow, Prague, Bucharest and Bavaria – places to which I am more accustomed – so bear with me), this rather bland weather report sounded very exciting.
While I was living in Rome, I was lucky enough (well, I considered it good luck, though many of my Roman friends felt it to be quite the opposite) to be there for the first snowfall the city had seen in about thirty years. It appears that was the beginning of a trend, though, for it snowed twice more in the two following years (once for each winter). Still, one meager snowfall which barely sticks to the ground long enough to take a picture of it (these are a couple I was lucky enough to snap on those occasions) doesn’t really satisfy the longing for real winter weather that resides in the heart of a girl who spent the winters of most of her formative years in Eastern Europe and Russia.
Palm trees with a light dusting of snow on them were a rather magical sight, but what such scenes mostly did was make me nostalgic for the winters and Christmas holidays of my childhood.
You can imagine, then, how I felt when I woke up this morning, opened my blinds and found these scenes awaiting me through the upstairs windows:
I hurried to make myself a cup of coffee, throw on some warm clothes and head outside with my trusty camera to document the first real winter snow I’d seen in a very long time:
The snow continues until mid-afternoon when the weather report is proven right and it turns to a sort of freezing rain. Still, the snow and ice are not going anywhere. We don’t expect the temperatures to get back above freezing for several hours. Until tomorrow, at least, I can enjoy my winter wonderland.
I hope you enjoyed this first glimpse of a satisfyingly white winter. Be safe and stay warm. See you next time!
Here are some other articles from fellow bloggers and writers around the world who captured the magic of the first snowfalls where they live. Make yourselves a cup of hot chocolate and settle in for some pleasant reading (if I didn’t list the location, the author didn’t give it):
- First Snowfall (amberrosedelvalle.wordpress.com) Netherlands
- 雪がふてる～！It’s Snowing! (otakuvegan.wordpress.com) Japan
- Winter Wonder (writingwordswithmeaning.wordpress.com) Minnesota, USA
- Snow (notesofanoptimist.wordpress.com)
- Winter Wonderland! (laurenlombardo22.wordpress.com)
- The Breath Before Winter (frosenintime.wordpress.com)
- Snow (erinlesterphoto.wordpress.com)
And here’s what everything looked like the next day: my own personal Ice Garden.