Sunday, December 20, 2009

Snow Day

Now it's really beginning to look like Christmas--and a white one, at that! Here on the East coast of the U.S. we've had quite the snowstorm, in the form of a nor'easter. I would estimate we get one of these every 8 or so years (I've been through 3 now, since 1992). Other years, we have 3-4 itsy bitsy snows which are gone in a day. This snowstorm with high winds began here at 11 p.m. on Friday and ended sometime around midnight on Saturday.

Here's a look at my deck on Sunday, with 20 inches of snow and the little path I shoveled through 6 p.m. on Friday. The additional 2-3 inches is from the last couple of hours of the storm.

And here's the back deck...I probably should have put the chairs away for the winter, but the teenager likes to sit out there even when it gets quite chilly.

The wind blew hard from the east (the right, in this photo) and the snow clears off the roofs on the east and drifts behind, to the left.

Unfortunately, road clearing in this area is, shall we say, sub-par. I wish the snowy roads were actually cleared, as opposed to compacting the snow into several inches of ice, making them less passable, as far as I can tell. In this picture, you can see some patches of the road. This is a good section--in town, these patches are very few and far between.

But, to their credit, all of the school districts in the area have already closed for Monday, which is good because the roads will definitely be impassable in the morning when the busses would have to run. (It's well below freezing.)

So, tomorrow is up in the air (my ex has demanded I drive my son to his house in the morning [back roads which take 20 min. on a clear day], which I am not obligated to do, therefore I am not going to do), so until my ex comes to get the young man, I'll be home for a "snow day" with my son! Hope it lasts all day.


  1. I wouldn't go out in snow like that either! Your blizzard was so bad that French TV covered it! It's famous.

  2. Now that is a snow! We rarely see snow down this way so it is nice to see pictures of it at least.
    I agree, I wouldn't get out on those back roads either.
    Have a very Merry Christmas.

  3. You're on the East Coast? I thought you lived in the Northwest. I haven't a clue why.

    I live in Connecticut and my town got hit with 20 inches. Enjoy the snow day.

  4. Good for you standing up to the man! Your snow photos are stunning! Your house looks lovely with a lot of space around. We had that in South Africa and I miss it living on this overpopulated little island.

  5. Looks like you got a little snow..we don't even have that much here in Minnesota! But at least you had a White Christmas:)


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