Onion Snow

I recall Mom and Dad talking about the "onion snow". It came at a time when Spring was just around the corner, but it was really too cold to plant much of anything. The snow was usually light and often melted very quickly. It became the basis for much conversation as to whether Spring had almost arrived. The term "Onion Snow" is particular to the state of Pennsylvania originated by the Pennsylvania Dutch culture and language, and refers to a snowfall that occurs after the spring onions have been planted, and comes right as they are sprouting. For me, it meant that the cold days of winter were almost gone and thankfully no more snow to shovel and trudge through while doing my farm chores.