There has been some gusty wind, too, and my cable was out for an hour last night. My Internet connection has been very slow, probably due to the wet telephone lines. The storm isn't going to pass until sometime Sunday night or Monday morning. The next storm will probably arrive on Wednesday and last through next Saturday. As the current storm has been so warm it hasn't done much for the snowpack, which for this region was, as of yesterday, still at an alarming six percent of normal for the date. Unless we get some colder storms later in the month, drought conditions could still prevail this summer. That's when, in normal years, the snowmelt replaces the water taken out of the reservoirs for agriculture and other uses. Six percent of normal snowmelt just won't do it.
But summer isn't here yet, and right now we are as wet as we've been in years. The more rain the soil soaks up now, the longer we can wait before we'll have to begin watering— if we are allowed to water. Summer might be a disaster, but we could still have a decent spring. Plus I've seen snowfalls here as late as the first week of spring, so there's still a chance for the snowpack conditions to improve even if February continues unusually warm.
I've pretty much resigned myself to getting soaked when I go shopping tomorrow. It's actually been such a long time since that has happened that I really don't even mind. I'll leave some dry clothes near the furnace vent, ready for when I return, just in case I need them.