After being away from Connecticut and its longish, somewhat snowy winters for over twelve years, I actually look forward to the idea of snow.* This is helped by seeing reports from other places where snow is more common. And more and more people are riding through snowy winters.
Of course, Portland and the west-of-Cascades Northwest does not have snowy winters. We are lucky to see one or two snowfalls a year. These could be little more than a dusting, or up to a couple inches like our last snowfall in January. We can get big snows here, though. They don't happen frequently, but there have been two significant snow/ice events here during the time I've lived in Portland: the ice/snow storm of January 2004, which left snow on the ground for a week (and burst the pipes in my uninsulated, not-well-heated abode), and the biggie, Snowpocalypse in December 2008 which lasted for an amazing two and a half weeks!
Since Snopocalypse, the only real significant snow I remember in Portland was the "surprise" snow of December 2009. (There was snow during the cabin camping trip to Stub Stewart for New Years 2011, but this was at a higher elevation, not in the valley, so it doesn't really count.) Oh sure, we've been teased many a time, and snow is such a fleeting thing here so you have to grab it by the cojones and enjoy it for the brief moment it happens.
|Midnight snowfall, 18 January 2012.|
And yep, I've biked a few times in the snow in Portland. The first one I blogged about was in December 2005, which got a mention on Bikeportland. (Jonathan was out of town, and the bike news pool was much smaller then, small enough that I warranted attention from him.) I managed to bike through some of Snowpocalypse 2008 with the aid of studded tires.
And yep, I still have studded tires. Now the question remains: will I put them on? I'll see how the forecast is going. If it's little or no snow (and not sticking on pavement), studs are overkill. And installing studded tires is a major pain in the ass. But if it looks like it's going to be significant, on they go. We'll just have to wait and see.
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*However, there is a fairly tight window of time where I feel snow is okay. Once we roll towards February with longer days and the promise of spring, I don't want to think about it anymore.