And Finally We Are Done With the Storm

The snow had stopped falling on the morning of the third day. We had to clear up our driveway one more time from the overnight snowfall. This is the final result after we got done.
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After that was done, we worked on digging a path to the front door through the snow piled over the walkway.
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We enjoyed watching our neighbor’s cat playing in the snow.
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Snow removal from the patio in the back was started because of concern about the patio collapsing from the weight of the snow.
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The fourth day dawned with the cul-de-sac still not cleared of snow.  I was anticipating another day of being stuck in the home.
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But we were pleasantly surprised by the morning arrival of the snow clearing equipment.
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The guy driving the red pickup truck noticed me taking pictures from a window and did me a favor by breaching the wall in the snow in front of our driveway with a single run with his snow shovel.
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And then we were completely clear after some more work expanding the breach to the width of the driveway.  The mail box can even be reached!
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And hopefully that is that for this storm!

PS. As you can see, the front section of our roof is clear of snow because of the solar panels.  It all came sliding down with a massive thump on the evening of the second day.  Our neighbors all still have snow on their roofs.

After the Storm

It is the day after the storm.  And what a beautiful day it is!

As the sun rose over the cul-de-sac,
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It began to shine its warm light over the smooth snow, and tops of the plants tall enough to peek out over their cover of white.
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There is not a cloud in the sky.
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But yesterday was another matter..

We confronted by a wall of snow when we started cleaning out the driveway just before noon.
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This was perhaps the only time I stopped working before the job was complete.
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When we came back later in the evening to complete the job, there was probably another foot of snow on the ground when we started.
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We finally got the job done after the sun had set.
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We will still have some clean-up activity today.  It will probably be a day or two before the snow plows make it to our cul-de-sac and clear the roads so that we can get out of the community.  They will probably leave a wall of snow in front of our driveway that we will have to breach in order to break free.

This was the amount of snow that collected on the table in the patio yesterday evening.
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Lets see what adventures are in store for us today!

 

Half way through the Blizzard

I wrote yesterday about the blizzard that we were expecting. It is now the morning of the next day. We are now more than half way through the storm and have received more than a foot of snow.  The snowfall is only expected to taper down later in the day.

It was quite pretty outside last night.   It looked very peaceful in spite of the snow coming down, or perhaps because of it.

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This morning we awakened to the wind and the following sights.

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The night was quieter than I expected.  In the past, under similar conditions, we have awakened to the sounds of the house reacting to the storm, and to the sound of the wind whistling into the home through unsealed cracks in the window sides.  That has not happened this time, perhaps due to the work we had done this summer sealing up the windows.

Our neighbors have already started clearing their driveways.  Perhaps it is time for us to start.

The Storm Approaches

I was walking past the windows in front of our house early this morning when I noticed that it was quite colorful outside.  This is what I captured.

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The colors lasted only a few minutes.  Within two minutes this is what it looked like.

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And then it was gone, leaving behind grey and cloudy skies.

They have been predicting a storm of epic proportions in our area starting this evening and lasting through the day tomorrow – a blizzard that is expected to dump at least a couple of feet of snow in our area.

The warnings started a few days ago.  Even people from far away came to know about the impending storm and contacted us about it.  People have been caught up in the panic and stores are running out of things like bread, water and toilet paper(?).  Stores have run out of snow shovels.  Schools were shut for the day and offices have closed early.  The State of Maryland has declared a State of Emergency.  The metro system will be shut down over  the weekend.

We ourselves have buckled down for the weekend. Stuff that can be blown away has been removed from the deck.  There is enough food in the pantry and the fridge to get us through the weekend. A portable gas cooker has been bought so that we can have hot tea even if there is a power outage.  Major cooking will be done before the storm hits.  We have enough blankets.  We are all set!

And all of this because of the weather….there may be some people who live further to the north of us who are laughing.