Two snow days down and we officially have one more coming tomorrow. The official estimates for my area are saying we got 15 inches of snow, but with all the wind we’re dealing with several feet of accumulation in some areas. The power has stayed on and our Internet connection has stayed up, so we’ve been relaxing and making the best of it.
However, we started the day wondering if we were going to have bigger problems. Sometime between 3am, shortly before I went to bed, and about 9:30am, the snow had drifted up against the front door and blocked it.
Fat chance, fella.
We’re in a split level, and both doors and all of our living room windows were blocked. Fortunately the wind tends to cut a path across the front of the house, and although the front door was covered, the kitchen window was mostly untouched. I stuck the camera out the window for this shot.
I suited up to head outside, and about that time I heard our neighbor and his snowblower in our driveway. As you can see, he saved me a lot of backbreaking labor.
Sometimes neighbors are awesome.
I climbed out the kitchen window to thank him as he carved out a path for our van and across our front porch. One of these days I’ll smarten up and invest in my own snowblower, but until then it appears the Wife owes the neighbor some more fresh-baked cookies.
I checked the roof to make sure we weren’t going to have any problems, then put an old kit lens on the camera and wandered around the house while the neighbor finished up.
Batten down the hatches!
We get a drift like this just about every time there’s any real snowfall, but it’s not always this high. You can see the wind still blowing across it, and it looks like a tidal wave rolling in from the corn field behind the house. That umbrella (which I probably should have taken down in the fall — d’oh!) stands over a metal picnic table, which is completely buried beneath all that snow.
The kit lens proved to be a wise decision. Ice and snow clung to the camera body and lens, but I still wanted to get around to the other side of the house and check out the drifts up against the neighbor’s fence.
Still no shelter from the wind.
Our chain link fence is under that mess, all buried except the top six inches. The neighbor’s fence is about six feet tall, give or take, and the drift on the other side of his yard reaches right up to the top. You can get a look at that here.
The Squirt’s been sick off and on these past couple of days, and we were running out of medicine. The Midget and I decided to brave the snow to pick up some more and take a look around town. The pharmacy was still closed for the day, but the grocery store had reopened.
By then the winds had died down and the plow crews were able to get some work done. The busier streets were in great shape, but they were still working on a lot of the others. Our street was still pretty narrow, and right after I got back home two plows came by to finish our street and finish off our mailbox. They didn’t knock it off the post, but they mangled it up pretty good. If that’s the worst that comes out of this storm, I’ll be happy.
I drove past the school to see how things looked. It was pretty obvious we’d be having another snow day.
We're not getting buses through that.
Someone had pushed through the driveway, probably just to get in and check the boilers and other mechanical systems. The buses are still snowed in, and the elementary school and parking lot hadn’t been touched yet. With the plows still tied up on the city streets, chances are they weren’t getting to the school anytime soon.
What’s more, the county announced they didn’t anticipate having roads fully cleared until Thursday afternoon. There are a lot of open fields in our area, and the wind just blows the snow back over the roads. Until the wind dies down, not much gets down out there.
It sounds like we’re getting some nasty wind chills tomorrow, too, which I’m sure factored into the decision to close again tomorrow. I’ve got the generator ready in case the power lines start snapping, and we’ve still got plenty of food. If I charge up the iPad tonight, I might even have enough juice to write through the outage.
So bring it, weather! It’s a lot easier to deal with you when I don’t have to venture out.
I posted a few more pictures on Flickr for anyone interested. I may head out for a few more for Photo Friday, perhaps even venturing into the next towns to see what’s happening. Otherwise by Friday I imagine things will be back to normal.
About Mike Oliveri
Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.