Smelt snow brings white Easter

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High winds create whiteouts, drifts for motorists in different parts of town

Mother Nature seemed to get Christmas and Easter mixed up here this year, as she dumped a load of snow on the area this past holiday weekend.

Smelt snow brings white Easter

PARRSBORO Mother Nature seemed to get Christmas and Easter mixed up here this year, as she dumped a load of snow on the area this past holiday weekend.

The spring snowstorm caught many by surprise, but town public works superintendent John Henwood knew better than to think we had seen the last of the winter weather.

Ive been saying right along that we had to get one sometime, so weve been expecting it, he said. But at this time of year you get wet, heavy snow, which makes it hard to do anything with it.

The snow began Saturday night and did not let up until Sunday morning. Then the wind picked up, creating whiteouts and large drifts in many areas of town.

Open areas like Western Avenue, Templar Street and Beaverdam Road were among the most treacherous spots, according to Henwood.

It was strange because we didnt stop plowing until around noon, he explained. We didnt get back out until about 2, but in that two hours everybody was stuck here, there and everywhere. Maybe the wind picked up or changed direction in that time, but it really closed the roads in a hurry.

Even one of the town plows got stuck in one of the drifts on Western Avenue, as did several other vehicles.

By Monday the weather was calm and warm, and the white reminder of the weekend was already starting to melt. Town streets were cleared up, other than a few piles on Main Street that still needed to be hauled away.

Its not uncommon to get a storm like this here in April, according to Henwood, who described it as the smelt snow.

It got a little hairy there at one time with cars getting stuck on the road, but it panned out OK, he said. It definitely could have been a lot worse.

awagstaff@amherstdaily.com

Geographic location: Western Avenue, Templar Street, Beaverdam Road

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