Cape May’s Winter Wonderland March 2016

Cape May, NJ -  The trees in West Cape May’s Wilbraham Park shimmered under the weight of Friday morning’s snowfall.

This was the snow we were waiting for all winter.   No messy slush or flooding or frightening winds.
Just snow. The old fashioned, stick to your ribs, coating every surface in sight variety.

Cape May never looked better.

If you were one of the lucky ones out and about early Friday morning, you saw the steadfast Emlen Physick Estate transformed into a movie set. The evergreens bowed down under the weight of the snow.

Cape May’s Washington Street, with its lovely old arching trees, became an ethereal tunnel. How could anyone think of cutting down these trees after seeing them in the snow?

Same for the tress in Rotary Park, the site of those popular summer concerts.

The small park, one of the only spots in town with tree shaded benches, positively glistened in the snow.

So did Jackson Street. The historic houses on the street took their snowy star turn.

The National Weather Service says, when all was said and done,  Cape May got over six inches of snow Thursday night and Friday, more than anywhere else in the region.

Back in January, when the whole East Coast was buried in snow, Cape May was hammered with a heavy dose of flooding instead. 

Maybe that’s why it was so nice to see a pretty snowfall for a change.

The heaviness of the snow not only coated trees and shrubs, it frosted the clock outside the Whale’s Tale on the Washington Street Mall.
Now that was a picture postcard of a scene.

But you had to be quick or you missed it. Our Brigadoon snow evaporated later in the day.

The question is, will we have two more March snowstorms, like we did two years ago? Or is this brief, pretty snowfall our parting winter gift from Mother Nature?

As beautiful as the snow covered trees in Rotary Park looked Friday, we’re hoping the Groundhog keeps his promise and Spring comes early.

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Jane Kashlak - a journalist, gardener and Cape Island resident - is writing a book.