“Snow Came Too Early This Time,” from the Hickory Daily Record, December 18, 1916
Genuine Christmas weather is a week in advance of time, but there is little
chance that the snow, which began falling this morning, will remain until Santa
Claus comes from the Arctic regions in his mammoth sled. The kindly old
gentleman probably will be compelled to leave his sled and reindeer near the
Canadian border and use aeroplanes or automobiles.
The weather is likely to break in a day or two and a warm sun will melt the
snow and destroy the chances of Kris Kringle’s making the journey in the old
way. And yet good children have no reason to be alarmed, because the old fellow
will manage some how.
Sunday was almost ideal in every respect. The mercury registered 28 degrees
yesterday morning and the sun came out and forced the indicator up to 49 or 50
degrees. During the night, however, there was a slight change and this morning
25 degrees was the minimum. Snow came along pretty soon, and early in the day
there was every indication that it would be a hard one.