Everyone is marveling at the new amount of snow. My patio table already shows a good 7" pile and there's no sign of it letting up yet!
Weather channel reports:
1"/hour for 12 hours!
This may be unusual most of the time, but when it happens there are mixed feelings around the city! Smiling kids cheer for a snow day while parents rush to make arrangements to stay home. We're a little more prepared for it than the states south of us, yet the hills make some of the communities more challenging than the flat plains to our west.
Actually, this beautiful white stuff is so much easier on our trees, our driving experiences, and for clearing away than the dreadful black ICE we often find decorating our winter pavements.
For Don's January birthday, we decided to invest in more power and updated his little antique snow blower for a bright new self-propelled one.
Today, we are both very glad.
Immediately after a day in the office, Don started removal of snow with the turn of the key, rather than the failing and wearying yanking on a rope while pumping the primer!
Clearing the large long driveway only takes 1/2 the time and is so much easier to walk behind while the self-propelled blades move quickly and snow is blown further out of the way.
I can actually see the pavement as he makes his first trip across the driveway!
This storm is moving very quickly, piling wind-tossed snow in deep drifts. As I watch from the window, I'm saddened to see Don's well blown path filling quickly with snow as he moves on to another area.
A couple hours later in the evening, we looked outside to see the progress of the storm. It doesn't even look like the car was cleaned off, or the driveway cleared. The drifting is filling in so much we can hardly see the 3 foot wall to the south of the driveway.
So, as we relax in our warm home, we both know that he'll get to use his new toy at least another time for this snowstorm.