Snow is a gift from God. Seriously, it is.
According to the Saskatoon Starphoenix,
"On the Prairies, the insulating capacity of snow is possibly its most important attribute. Without that white blanket on our gardens, many perennials simply wouldn't survive our variable-temperature winters. In other words, when it drops to the minus 40 degrees Celsius range and then rockets above the freezing mark, be thankful there's snow keeping a lid on those rapid fluctuations."
The snow protects the roots of the plants.
When I was in college, I had a job working for the National Weather Service. We had three different thermometers at the weather station. One of them recorded soil temperature at six inches deep. We could tell if cold weather harmed plant roots.
The Starphoenix notes another advantage of snow is how it waters vegetation:
But keep in mind that a spring flurry is, undoubtedly, the best way to irrigate a newly seeded vegetable garden. Back in our market garden days, we knew a nice layer of snow on a freshly sown field of vegetables would virtually guarantee both near-perfect germination and seedling emergence. That's because as snow melts, it slowly and uniformly seeps into the soil providing the ideal growing environment for seeds.
However, snow storms can be dangerous because they reduce visibility for drivers and can cause roofs to collapse which brings us to some prayer requests.
NBC News reported that a woman died recently in Oklahoma from a wreck in the snow. Tornadoes and high winds have also caused recent fatalities.
- Pray for the families of people that have died from recent bad weather. Pray for the Holy Spirit to comfort them.
- Pray for people that are without electricity and gas so that they will have energy soon for heating.
- Pray for the homeless to find adequate shelter.
- Pray that God would be glorified in the midst of the storms and that the Gospel would transform the lives of people that are forced to stay home during the storms.
- Don't forget to thank God for the snow.