Looking out my window yesterday, there was no doubt how the expression, “April showers bring May flowers,” came about.  But there is another expression that you may not be privy to if you have never lived in Pennsylvania.   “Onion Snow,” is a term created by the Pennsylvania Dutch. This sounds like something from Shrek, but it actually dates back to the earliest Farmers Almanac’s. And it is true to its name.

Onion Snow

The birds were chirping and the crocus were popping. But today, SNOW and even a tiny burst of hail. I am sure there is a scientific reason why the onion snow is a good thing. Do the robin’s find humor in it?

I am thinking probably not. The photo below looks like winter, but the robin tells the story, it was spring!

onion snow spring bird
Robin on Snowy Branch Photograph by MollysMuses

We have had Easter’s where our the girls have been in pretty sundresses with spaghetti sleeves. And we have had egg hunts in snow boots. Perhaps this year it will be Easter dresses, since the onion snow is happening over Palm Sunday weekend.

The Triumphal Entry Jesus on Palm Sunday Painting

If there weren’t a reason for the snow to fall in the spring, it probably would not happen every year. So I looked to see what I could find. The onion snow is also referred to by the Dutch as, “sapling blenders.”

This late in spring snow is said to make the sap flow longer from the trees, giving is more syrup and deliciousness. Maybe this is a fair trade-off, it is only 1 onion snow per year. But who really knows which snow is the final? I am hoping today is “the” onion snow.

Looking some traditional ways to greet spring and Easter this year?





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