|After the storm|
It's mid January. The phone rings. It's a man planning a long weekend escape for he and his family in May. We get through the initial questions about the cabins and where we're located in town. You know, the normal, easy questions to answer. Then he asks "What's the weather like in May?" Uh oh. They're hoping to do some fishing, some hikes with the kiddos, some scenic driving, and maybe play a little mini golf before dinner one evening.
This is one of the hardest questions to answer. The months of April, May, September, and October are notorious for being fickle beasts and occasionally throwing us for a massive loop. This week, the month of May threw us a huge curve ball! It was wonderful even though it created a lot of extra work and and was troublesome for many many folks.
|The Old Caretakers Cottage under a few feet of spring snow|
We had a couple of days warning but we're always skeptical when a large snow is predicted this time of year. It usually fizzles out and just leaves us a dusting down low with a fresh snow cap on the mountains. I can't tell you how many times I heard "I'll believe it when I see it" this week from friends. Well, we all believe it now! It started snowing lightly on Wednesday evening and by the time we woke up Thursday morning there was over a foot on the ground and it was snowing heavily! And it just kept snowing. And snowing. And snowing. And snowing. Well, you get the picture.
Whenever the skies unleash their snowy fury it brings with it a sense of peace and calm. The noises are muffled, your environment is limited to what you can see in your immediate area, and the enchanting snow globe effect takes full shape. It's intimate and it's wonderful. Guests get out and play in the snow. The wildlife hunkers down. Fireplaces are roaring. There really isn't anything like a big snowfall in the mountains! But as it keeps piling up we start running into some trouble.
|A Columbine Cottage covered in snow|
|The morning after the storm|
This was a pretty messy storm. Being so wet, the snow was almost slimy when driving in it. There were countless accidents and folks sliding off the roads. We even got the plow truck stuck a couple of times. It was heavy and very difficult to shovel as well. But we got it done, the guests were all cozy in their cabins, and this is a storm we will certainly remember for years to come!
So back to the question of what the weather is like in May. Well, it could be 80 degrees and sunny or 25 degrees and literally dumping snow. If you're booking in these transition months, have an open mind about what weather to expect and start checking the 10 day forecast just before your trip and plan accordingly. I seem to get the best forecasts from watching two different sites. NOAA's site is the most generally accurate source out there. But I have found that Weather Underground does a better job of predicting the 10 day forecast more accurately. And it has highly localized weather stations and forecasts that are quite useful.
Both of these links are specific to the Fall River Valley, where McGregor Mountain Lodge is located.
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The flowers are blooming, but under the snow...