Appalachia Folklore

Snow on the Ground for Three Days

Snow on the ground for three days

My big snow is still hanging around. We were finally able to get all the cars off the hill so we’re back to our normal daily lives, but we’re still slipping and sliding off the back deck and through the yard to the chicken coop.

All my life I’ve heard if snow lays on the ground for three days it’s waiting on more. I’ve often seen the old piece of folklore prove true and you all know I’m keeping my fingers crossed having snow on the ground for a whole week means I’ll get lots of snow this winter!

Here’s some other snow folklore I’ve gathered from Blind Pig Readers over the years.

  • If it snows crosslegged it’ll be a deep one
  • If it’s cloudy and smoke rises it might snow
  • The number of days old the moon is at the first snow tells how many snows there’ll be that winter
  • Wait until the snow flies before you rob wild bees
  • If you scrub your wooden floors with water from melted snow they’ll turn black
  • Dry snow scattered over a dusty floor and quick swept out will beat any carpet sweeper ever you’ll buy
  • The day of the month the first measurable snow falls is supposed to be the number of measurable snows that winter (Maybe I’ll really get eight snows this winter!)
  • Chimney smoke hugging the ground; there snow will soon be found

Got any other snow folklore? If so please share it with us!


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    David Templeton
    December 17, 2017 at 11:26 am

    It’s discomforting to hear tumultuous thunder while it’s snowing. I think because we learned that thunder in a snow meant something terrible was happening near by or would soon happen; an omen portending sad times.

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    larry griffith
    December 16, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    I always heard if snow hangs on it’s looking for a cover.

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    Ann Applegarth
    December 16, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    I bet there will still be bits of it on the north sides of things for Christmas!

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    b. Ruth
    December 16, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    I always heard that is “If snow lays around another is bound!” My grandparents were of the three day omen as well…Most of the signs you mention I have heard or maybe read on your blog.
    My Dad said, “If it clouds up on a big snow, a new one would soon follow!” Sometimes it did and sometimes it didn’t…Always seemed like it didn’t when Monday rolled around and the school buses were running again….but on Friday nights there would surely be another skif on Saturday morning! Ha
    Your snow pictures are beautiful…I would love to get to the mountains this week before all the snow has melted…Here in the foothills only flurries and very few of those…
    Thanks Tipper, Enjoyed your post today…
    PS….My computer is back on….after over twenty four hours…I think the electrical crew that was cutting limbs in anticipation of this winters ice knocked a cable line loose with a falling limb…and then the wind finished it off yesterday…Ha

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    Barbara Gantt
    December 16, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    My Granny NIchols always said if the snow stayed three days, we would get more. Wood Ashes work good on a driveway or path to help with the slickness. We use ashes all winter for our snow.
    We have about 9 inches on the ground and it is cold so I think that we are going to have a white Christmas. The kids are excited.

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    Sheryl Paul
    December 16, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    No snow lore here either. It has snowed exactly twice here in my hometown since I have been around. Once we could see it fall, but it melted when it hit the ground. The other we could get enough off the windshield of the car for a snowball. A small one. I love the snow for about the 3 days you mention, but then I stsrt wanting to feel my feet

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    Ed Ammons
    December 16, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    “If it snows like meal it’ll snow a great deal.”
    We still have snow hanging around waiting for another one here too.

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    December 16, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    I called and talked with my oldest girl and her family yesterday. Her oldest girl, Ellie, told me she got to see “The Last Jedi”, she’s a Treker also, and I’m glad. But when I told ’em I still had Snow on the ground, I heard Ellie say “I Jealous”. They live at Chapel Hill.
    Jennifer and her bunch live near Warm Springs, Ga. and they saw Snow, but it didn’t lay. So, she told her girls about how it use to be at Dad’s place. …Ken

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    December 16, 2017 at 11:25 am

    I got snow still on the ground too, and I have to use 4 wheel drive to get home. The sunny days we had didn’t do anything much, cause it didn’t get above 25 degrees at Topton. This makes 8 days since it started late last Friday. After the 2nd. day I had Ice Cream, my little dog Whisky made ditches all over the yard, with just his head sticking out. I didn’t come in the first 2 days, the cat had plenty of water and dry food.
    I Love the Snow like you, so I’m satisfied. …Ken

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    wanda Devers
    December 16, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Mama used to say “It’s laying for another one.” Sunny and beautiful here today in Middle TN.

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    Ed Karshner
    December 16, 2017 at 9:14 am

    We didn’t get the snow you did. But, Tuesday-Thursday we had 3 Clippers and that weird lake effect stuff. We ended up with about a foot. It is nice if you don’t have to drive in it. I told my wife that a snow like this back home would have shut our county down for a few days. Up here near Cleveland, they just keep going. It amazes me and also seems foolish.
    Anyway, love snow folklore and I have to admit, it is putting me in the Christmas spirit!

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    Ron Stephens
    December 16, 2017 at 8:25 am

    Sorry, no snow lore. But this snow has been very stubborn about not wanting to leave. Even after two sunny days well above freezing there are still patches lingering on the north slopes. If you get lots of snow I suspect sometime you will ‘just know’ and want to start planting again and will be ready for it to be gone.

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    Miss Cindy
    December 16, 2017 at 8:19 am

    This certainly was a lovely gentle snow we had and I have noticed that it is still hanging around. The snow folk lore that I’ve heard most is snow that hangs around is waiting for more…and sometimes it happens!

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    December 16, 2017 at 7:58 am

    The number of fogs in August will till you how many days of snow is coming, or something like that. This one and the one about the 3 day is two I remember my Mamaw saying a lot.

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