Yesterday afternoon I stoked up the fire in the wood stove and left the entrance door cracked to let in the mild air that wafted around the house (until sunset). I found some signs of incipient lilac blooms and green shoots of something in the garden in front of the house. The forsythia bushes have changed color, slightly . . . it could be the changed color of the light . . . but show no signs of bursting into sunshine-colored cheer.
The dogs ran far down the back yard sniffing winter mouse nests.
I was encouraged.
And then, this morning, this forecast. I'm trying to continue to be strong and brave, but I grow weary of this.
Today: A chance of rain and snow before 9am, then a chance of snow between 9am and 11am, then a chance of rain after 11am. Cloudy, with a high near 42. Calm wind becoming southeast between 5 and 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Tonight: Rain likely before 9pm, then rain and snow likely between 9pm and midnight, then snow after midnight. Low around 33. East wind 5 to 7 mph becoming north. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.
Friday: Snow. High near 36. North wind between 9 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.
Friday Night: Rain and snow likely before 9pm, then a chance of snow. Cloudy, with a low around 30. West wind between 15 and 17 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Saturday: A chance of snow showers before 11am, then a chance of rain showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 42. West wind between 13 and 18 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
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