Shoveling Snow in the Rain

According to the weather network we got 26.2 cm of snow a couple of evenings ago. So yesterday we dug out. It was the first snow of the year and left me a little sore this morning. Unpleasant as that was I had no idea that it could be worse.

This morning the snow plow dumped some very hard chunks of snow at the end of my driveway like it always does. The weather people had predicted 8 degrees Celsius and rain. I got outside and it was certainly warm, but the rain had yet to begin. As soon as I first dug my shovel into the snow bank at the end of the driveway, it started raining. Light at first, but got heavier very quickly. I sped through the shoveling, clearing just wide enough a swath to squeeze the car through. As I tossed the shovel to the side, jabbing it into a snow bank like a pitchfork, I realized just how unpleasant it is to shovel snow in the rain.