March may have come in like a lamb yesterday, but it's a bear today. The temperature is in the low 20s and the wind is blowing a gale and there are snow showers along with simultaneous sunshine every now and then. More than the usual "little bit of everything." The noon weather report listed half a dozen areas that have lost power due to trees blowing onto power lines. We're good here so far.
There's a lot going on out on the highways, too. Early this morning a big truck hit an icy spot just past Point Comfort going east and tipped over near the Thurston cottage and the little beach across from Injun Joe Cabins. There was some diesel oil spilled, but we don't think it was a lot. We'll keep you posted if we hear more.
Later this morning there was a car on fire on Lemay Road, I think they said on the scanner, and road crews have some trees and limbs to deal with on other roads.
As I write this, the sun is shining, it's 22 degrees, and it's snowing and blowing. Pretty typical March day.
Yesterday I posted some photos of the ice by the fishing access and mentioned there didn't seem to be any ice shanties left on the pond. I heard from Shelly Walker (West Shore Road) this morning that there are still two shanties further down the pond towards the narrows that we couldn't seen. Shelly also mentioned there seems to be a lot of junk left on the ice. Unfortunately, that happens nearly every year - and what floats ends up going over the dam and what doesn't goes to the bottom of the pond. Mostly fishermen are pretty good about getting all the junk off the ice, but sometimes it is so solidly frozen in they can't get it out. Some years are worse than others - it all depends on the number of thaws and freezes we have and when the ice is no longer safe enough for them to go out and clean up the stuff. Vermont law says shanties must be off the ice by the last Sunday of March, which this year would be March 26th, or before the ice becomes unsafe - whichever comes first.