This morning those of us who live in New York State’s southern tier received a treat. We awoke to varying amounts of snowfall depending on your location. Some pictures and accounts indicated a couple of inches. In our neighborhood it was a dusting. Nonetheless, the first snow is a harbinger of what’s in store for us in the next four months. There have been times when I regret living in a snowscape and others when I relish it. Snow and ice can create dangerous road conditions and at the same time create stunning visual displays that capture the imagination. By midday most of the snow was gone even though the mercury only rose a few degrees.