I had one of the scariest moments of my life this morning!
I never imagined snow could frighten me to this point.
The thing is, it´s been snowing for 4 days in a row now, without even stopping once. The forecasts say it will last for 3 more days. Nothing unusual in this, but it´s the first time in years that it didn´t snow this much and so heavily.
Everyone thinks snow is something romantic, sweet, cute! Yes it´s definitely beautiful but when it comes to nature it can go from fascinating to dangerous in the blink of an eye.
Let me tell you about the not so nice start my day had today!
I woke up at 7 as my shift at work started at 8. When I went out I realized it was snowing very heavily and that the snow in front of my building´s entrance was about 50cm high. I reached the street and found myself in a surreal situation:
Everything was white, with fog as well, so the visibility was really poor. It was still very early so the roads had not been cleared yet. I was the only person on the steep, isolated road. Silence was all around me.
Suddenly I heard the familiar sound of an engine approaching and I realized that the snowploughs were coming. And I hate them because they go so fast, up and down, without even watching!
What could I do? They couldn´t see me and there were two of them coming from different directions. I spent almost half of the time trying to avoid being killed by their giant tires…
If this wasn´t scary enough, when I finally found myself in silence and alone, and again everything was completely white around me, I heard the sound of the explosions they ignite to let the snow fall from the mountains, to avoid avalanches… causing one in advance.
At that point, I freaked out. I couldn´t see anything and all I could hear were the explosions and even if rationally I knew that the avalanche could never reach me, I started to look for shelter “just in case”. There was nowhere I could hide and no one around who could help me or give me a ride. No cars, no people, just me.
The road was covered in fresh snow and climbing to the hotel where I work has never been so much effort. I didn´t meet anyone on the way, except one more snowplough and I escaped to the side of the road again (meaning I was sinking in the snow that reached my hip).
When I finally arrived to the hotel I looked like a snowman.
At the moment I am sitting in the hotel lobby, my shift finished more than 3 hours ago but I still wasn´t brave enough to try and go out. The roads are closed, the ploughs aren´t even working anymore as it´s worthless… Of course it´s still snowing and there´s a strong wind.
The risk of avalanche is very high and they advised me not to go out tonight because even if the avalanche wouldn´t reach the center of the town, the blast would be very dangerous.
I will have to face all this in order to go home and oh I forgot to tell you I live half an hour away from here!
Wish me luck. :)
What´s the scariest experience you ever had with snow or any other natural phenomenon? I want to know!