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Poem: Surprise Snowfall

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Poem Summary

Surprise snowfall is a poem about her falling asleep with a snow forecast of 1 to 3 inches but waking up to see at least 8 inches covering the ground. Those computer models made a tragic error leaving her a massive amount of snow to dig out with a glacier of ice beneath the surface.

"Winter Storm - Pamela Hudnell"


Surprise Snowfall

No weather worries before shut-eye

with the snow meter forecasting one to three

she drifts off to sleep

for an early morning rise.

Climbing out of bed

she glances out the window in disbelief

seeing an utterly, shocking eight inches of snow

covering the ground.

Those trusted computer models

made a tragic error with this snowstorm,

catching her by surprise,

leaving a massive amount of fluffy, white snow

with a glacier of ice lurking beneath.

"Snow makes for tough morning commute in Central Ohio - by WBNS 10TV

Body Shop Repair Day

What a day to have an appointment to drop off my vehicle early this morning for damage repair from a hit and run.

Needless to say, I arrive a bit late after an utterly shocking 8 inches of snowfall.

The two of us dress in winter attire stepping outside to dig out my Pontiac Grand Am.

The snowplows have successfully made it down this street which is usually a welcome surprise, but today it helps bury my car knee deep.

We finally manage to clear a small path in the driveway and he cleans off the heaping snow from my car.

I jump in and put the pedal to the metal. He is going to follow me in his Toyota Tacamo to make certain I don't have any problems.

But I take the long way through town hoping to find snowplowed roads, while he takes a shortcut thinking I had drove that way. After a slow and slippery ride, I arrive at my destination to find him already there waiting.

Damage to Pontiac Grand Am


Nissan Rogue

I drop off the car keys and grab the keys for my temporary wheels. Or should I say, key fob, since there isn't an actual key.

This is a bit challenging since my Pontiac Grand Am has no thrills, it even has the old crank windows.

A Nissan Rogue with a push button start and climate control buttons of such. I push the one with the snowflake and off I go to drive back home.

This time I take the backroads, which to my amazement, this SUV plowed right through.

I am astonished how easily it crumbles over the heaping snow mounds letting me park in the driveway.




BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 21, 2021:

We had another last night..4 inches, but it's pretty much melted.

Cold & bitter though.

Warmer next week...high 70's

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on February 12, 2021:

Predicting 4 to 8 inches plus sleet & freezing rain Sunday through tues morning...Oh Joy!

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on February 11, 2021:


Since you want to see the snow

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on February 10, 2021:

The flying chimera,

Thank you for your comment.

Snow can be quite beautiful if you can just watch it falling from inside.

Have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on February 10, 2021:


Thank you.

I sometimes enjoy watching that quiet light snowfall from inside, but knowing I have to go outside to clean off my car...well, that takes all the beauty out of it.

Take care & have a nice day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on February 10, 2021:


Thank you.

Ontario gets quite a bit of this white stuff so I am certain you saw your share.

Take care.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on February 10, 2021:


Thank you for understanding.

Trust me...when it's bitterly cold outside and you can't walk through the snow...the last thing you want to do is shovel a car out to go off driving on an icy road.

Maybe if I was a kid I would still love it.

Take care

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on February 09, 2021:

Snowfalls look beautiful, but they do disrupt normal life, especially when you have to go out for an important work.

You expressed well through your poem.

Thank you for sharing.

Alma Evans on February 09, 2021:

I've never witnessed a snowfall ever in my life. I love to watch it once and have fun but now I can understand that it can have many negative impacts making the daily life of people much difficult. It's both a boon and curse.

Nella DiCarlo from Guelph, Ontario on February 09, 2021:

Snowfalls can have such an impact and are a challenge to deal with, especially when it's so much. I can relate being from Southern Ontario. Enjoyed the poem, captured very well.

Rosina S Khan on February 09, 2021:

I understand how snowfall can be disadvantageous when you have to pull off a car through it. Great words to weave into a practical poem which describes the scenario so vividly. Thank you for sharing, Brenda.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on February 09, 2021:


Trust me...this snowfall is No Fun!

Pretty...but not very great when you gotta get a car out of it.

Have a great day.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on February 09, 2021:

I love Snowfall a lot.

I enjoyed reading your poetry.

Keep writing. Beautifully expressed.

Sending Blessings

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on February 09, 2021:


Thank you.

Yes, the vehicle I have for rental is quite amazing.

I'm gonna miss it when I get my car back later this week.

Awe...the 80's. That sounds heavenly.

Enjoy the sunshine for me.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on February 09, 2021:


Thank you.

I'm beginning to hate these snowy days.

Florida sounds like a welcome winter retreat.

Have a great day.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on February 09, 2021:

I sure don't miss the snow, especially having to drive in it! I'm glad you were able to get a loaner vehicle that's equipped to handle the weather, Brenda.

It's 80 degrees and breezy here in Central Florida today.

Thanks for sharing your experience. It seems every aspect of life inspires you to write. Keep at it!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 09, 2021:

Your article reminds me of why I live in northern FL. I grew up and lived in the north for many years, but I do not want to live in the snow areas any more. I did enjoy your article and poetry, Brenda.

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