Got cabin fever? Just because the temperature is dropping doesn't mean the outdoorsy fun has to stop. Take a page from these weird and wacky festivals around the country, and celebrate the snow.
1. FROZEN DEAD GUY DAYS Nederland, CO; March 7–9, 2014
Grandpa Bredo Morstoel may have died of a heart condition in 1989, but that doesn't stop him from living on (cryogenically, at least) in the artsy Rocky Mountain town of Nederland. Packed in 1,600 pounds of dry ice and kept cool at a steady 60 degrees, Grandpa Bredo is the inspiration behind the aptly-named—if slightly morbid—Frozen Dead Guy Days event. Each winter, the Colorado town celebrates good ole gramps with coffin races, a parade of hearses, a frozen T-shirt contest, snow "beach" volleyball, and other offbeat cold-weather activities.
2. SARANAC LAKE WINTER CARNIVAL Saranac Lake, NY; January 31–February 9, 2014
What began as an attempt to break up the monotony of winter in the Adirondack wilderness has evolved into the longest-running event of its kind in the eastern U.S. The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival boasts run-of-the-mill winter sports like Nordic skiing and ice-skating, but also hosts off-the-wall competitions like ultimate arctic Frisbee and a women's frying pan toss. Saranac Lake's annual themed parade (this year's is "Celtic Carnival") is also not to be missed, but perhaps the biggest draw is the famed ice palace—a mammoth structure made with anywhere from 1,000 to 3,000 ice blocks, weighing up to 800 pounds each.
3. FUR RENDEZVOUS Anchorage, AK; February 21–March 2, 2014
Winter can run long in Anchorage, with extra months of snow and freezing temperatures. That's exactly why the first Fur Rendezvous was initiated back in 1935, to break up those long, cold winter months with sports, games, and even a torchlight parade. Today, "Rondy" has grown into a 10-day celebration of Alaskan life, featuring men's snowshoe softball, a grand prix auto race, a "Running of the Reindeer" event, and even a Miss Rondy contest. The cornerstone of the festival is the World Championship Sled Dog Race, which attracts teams of sled dogs and mushers from all over the world.
Rounds of rain and thunderstorms will heighten the risk of flooding from Texas to Missouri and Tennessee during the early and middle part of next week.
Snow that buried parts of the Midwest will continue to spread to the border of Virginia and North Carolina into Saturday night.
Nora made landfall in northern Queensland as a severe tropical storm and will bring dangerous weather into early next week.
A taste of spring is in store for the northeastern U.S. for the final week of March while the storm-battered region gets a break from nor'easters for several days.
Friday night into Saturday felt nothing like the first few days of spring across a swath of the midwestern United States as an Alberta clipper storm dropped substantial snow.
Despite a dismal start to the rainy season, recent storms have helped to ease fears of water shortages across California during the upcoming drier months.
The March for Our Lives and Cherry Blossom Festival will take place this weekend in Washington, D.C., amid dry and seasonably chilly conditions.
Unseasonably cold conditions and heavy snow in parts of the northeastern United States over the past few weeks have led the National Park Service to push back the peak bloom dates for Washington, D.C.’s popular cherry blossoms.