Winter Storm Warning?

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA

White iris in October in MassachusettsA winter storm warning?


How can that be?


I snapped the photo at right of my father's iris in bloom two weeks ago - and the other bud opened after that. 


Today Massachusetts may get several inches of snow - wet heavy snow.  At least that's what the forecasters are predicting.  If the predictions come true it will be the largest snowfall recorded in October in our area.


While I'm not ready for winter - and convinced that any snow will soon vanish - that's not the half of it.


The problem is that the leaves are still on many trees - all the trees near me in fact.


The heavy wet snow that's forecast will be horrible for trees that are not made to carry the weight of snow on their leaves. Branches and trees will come down everywhere.


What a disaster!  Trees have had a really tough time of it lately in our area - many have died or are dying from last year's drought, many fell during the hurricane/tropical storm that came through a month or two ago, and invasions of non-native pests like the Wooly Adelgid and the Longhorn Asian Beetle are taking a toll.


Climate change is a bear!

Comments (13)

Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I think we sent this weather on to you. We had rain and snow for two days. It's turning nice again, but I don't think we are going to see the truly warm weather again until April.

Oct 29, 2011 05:30 AM
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

Oh, area, usually a "banana belt", for the region, is forecasting colder than the norm/more snow (usually, we get none!)...that La Nina weather pattern is still with us.

Oct 29, 2011 05:31 AM
Joe Kenny
Realty Executive Midwest - Darien, IL
Better Than Your Average Joe

Thats a dirty four letter word.  Living in Chicago we get our fair share of it, I'm praying we get it after Thanks Giving.  Fingers crossed, It's a good life.

Oct 29, 2011 05:32 AM
Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Elizabeth,  Spoke with a buyer today from Philly and he said the heavy wet snow was already coming down pretty hard there.  Way too early !

Oct 29, 2011 05:43 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Liz Hello From Philly we are having snow here . At first I thought they were crazy and off I went to the office this morning when the rain turned to snow  and the roads were covered with snow and now I am home ..I hope this is not a sign of things to come this winter !


Oct 29, 2011 06:06 AM
Judy Jennings
Top Agent Plus - Middleboro, MA
Tap into Judy's real estate expertise & resources.

Liz - Not looking forward to this, but I am far enough south that it should be mostly if not all rain. Hope we don't repeat last years winter! Yuck.

Oct 29, 2011 08:32 AM
Elizabeth Bolton
RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA - Cambridge, MA
Cambridge MA Realtor

Hi Debbie ~ I heard about snow in Colorado - and that it had been really warm there right before.  It was a nice Fall while it lasted.

Hi Li ~ Topsy turvy weather all over the globe! Go figure, huh?

Hi Joe ~ I'm not too bummed out about snow in general but I'm really nervous about the trees.  We don't have enough of them as it is in the city.

Hi Bill ~ Aack!! Snow before Halloween should not be allowed.

Hi Hannah ~ I never believe forecasts like this either.  It did make me think that I want to do all those errands I've been putting off - soon - since everything is such a hassle once winter comes.

Hi Judy ~ Wasn't that unreal last year?  I usually have weather amnesia but I took photos of some of the amazing snowbanks.  What a siege that was.


Oct 29, 2011 08:57 AM
Michelle Gibson
Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. - Wellington, FL

Liz - I can't believe snow is starting to arrive in parts of the country, mind you it's almost November.  Stay Warm!

Oct 29, 2011 01:06 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


You all sure got nailed with this one. I didn;t have any idea it was even happening until I started seeing comments and pics on Facebook yesterday. Yikes. All kinds of records broken and it's not even Halloween. This does not bode well for the coming winter.

I won't tell you what the weather is like out here on the Left Coast.


Oct 30, 2011 04:24 AM
Elizabeth Bolton
RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA - Cambridge, MA
Cambridge MA Realtor

Hi Michelle ~ No kidding, huh?  I could not believe the footage of the snow falling at the White House.  Nuts!  I will be staying warm since I caved and turned on the heat.  I had been aiming for my next reading on Nov 9th or so which would have marked six months without heat.  Didn't make it!  Just have to say - love the new haircut / photo!

Hi Jeff ~ What a disaster!  My trees were spared but I can't even let myself think about what happened in other places.  It's bright and sunny today - better to see the flowers now that the snow is disappearing.  Enjoy your weather!!


Oct 30, 2011 06:40 AM
John Cannata
214-728-0449 - Frisco, TX
Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance

Seems like we all missed FALL this year. Pretty much went from summer to winter. Of course, Im really speaking for Texans. I know that you received at least a little rain in between. Still not much of a fall though.

Oct 31, 2011 11:29 AM
Elizabeth Bolton
RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA - Cambridge, MA
Cambridge MA Realtor

Hi John!  Our fall was actually not too bad - and it was nice and sunny and warm[er] today.  But snow in October should be illegal. But yes - the transition from hot to cool/cold is pretty drastic - it really should be possible to bottle one or the other for getting through the switch.

Nov 02, 2011 12:04 PM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Dear Elizabeth -
When visiting my daughter and her family in Newton, I am the "gardener"! I saw some plants there that we don't have here in Atlanta - ICICLE PANSIES. Last year we put them in and they lived throughout all the snow and bloomed again in early Spring.
Having blooms around is so much fun!  I was really glad we found the plants.
Have a happy day -

Jan 07, 2012 11:44 AM