Oy, so tired of snow

Thermionics

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We've been getting a lot of snow (and down into the low teens at night). Definitely not normal mid-February weather for the Puget Sound region. I've shoveled my very long driveway twice and have had to shovel out around the henhouse every morning so the hens will come out and not be buried in the cumulative 21" of snow we've gotten. Kids have been stuck at home (trapped with teenagers - every parent's dream) and I've had to work from home due to no road plowing / treatment on where I live.

I have gotten to listen to a lot of music, but I just want to be able to leave my house!

(from a couple of days ago):

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JohnVF

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At least it's pretty, though I've been in a place that doesn't usually get snow that suddenly got 3' of snow and yeah, cabin fever. I'd dress up in all my layers and take a hike and just admire it while it lasts. But I love snow.
 

airdronian

Junior Member
We have snow of course but nothing major. My hometown (Victoria) is getting a bunch too which is not normal. In our region we get cold but the influence of the mountains keeps our weather variable. The news reported today that we are in the longest cold snap since 1998. And it isn't stopping yet.
 

JohnVF

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My work partner lives about an hour and ten minutes from work. We had to run into town to check something yesterday, it took me 15 to get home. It took him over 3 hours. From 2" of snow. It was just that it all fell within an hour. So even places where it snows all the time can get caught flat footed...but at least its cleared in the following hours. When we got the 3' of snow in Richmond, VA, it was about 2 weeks until things went back to normal. They had no idea what to do with it, had run out of salt and anyway had too few trucks to spread it. They started just dumping sand on the roads, and all that did was make a huge mess.
 

airdronian

Junior Member
My work partner lives about an hour and ten minutes from work. We had to run into town to check something yesterday, it took me 15 to get home. It took him over 3 hours. From 2" of snow. It was just that it all fell within an hour. So even places where it snows all the time can get caught flat footed...but at least its cleared in the following hours. When we got the 3' of snow in Richmond, VA, it was about 2 weeks until things went back to normal. They had no idea what to do with it, had run out of salt and anyway had too few trucks to spread it. They started just dumping sand on the roads, and all that did was make a huge mess.
Heh. Your Virginia comment reminds me of the blizzard of '94 in Victoria. The Pineapple Express met the Arctic Outflow and we had 102 cm in 48 hours ( a little bit over 3') In a city with no purpose built snowplows. Everything came to a standstill. Quite the adventure in a city which gets rain most of the winter.
 

JohnVF

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Heh. Your Virginia comment reminds me of the blizzard of '94 in Victoria. The Pineapple Express met the Arctic Outflow and we had 102 cm in 48 hours ( a little bit over 3') In a city with no purpose built snowplows. Everything came to a standstill. Quite the adventure in a city which gets rain most of the winter.
It was actually a lot of fun. I was maybe 19 when this happened, and at my parent's house. The neighbors had this Russian foreign exchange student and him and I ended up as a team during the giant neighborhood-wide snowball fight that broke out, snow forts and all. We were hiding behind one as he whispered "Guess the cold war's over, comrade" to me, wearing my dad's US Army helmet liner. After that him and I built an igloo for the younger kids in the family that sponsored him. All of us could fit inside, it was fantastic.

I don't remember hardly anything else from that winter... these extreme occurrences make for life-long memories if you treat 'em right.
 

TubeHiFiNut

Administrator
We've been getting a lot of snow (and down into the low teens at night). Definitely not normal mid-February weather for the Puget Sound region. I've shoveled my very long driveway twice and have had to shovel out around the henhouse every morning so the hens will come out and not be buried in the cumulative 21" of snow we've gotten. Kids have been stuck at home (trapped with teenagers - every parent's dream) and I've had to work from home due to no road plowing / treatment on where I live.

I have gotten to listen to a lot of music, but I just want to be able to leave my house!

(from a couple of days ago):

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We got a crapload of snow over the weekend.

First responders had to put their lives on the line to rescue the dozens of folks who disregarded the "road closed" signs, tried to drive the Mt. Rose Highway in whiteout conditions and drove off the road.

Sure is pretty, though, and we can always use more water in Lake Tahoe. :)
 

JimPA

Junior Member
I hope it stops precipitating here soon.
Last year was the wettest year my area has ever seen.
Normal precipitation is 42" and last year we had 70" in my area of PA.
The ground has been too wet to till the soil most of this past year.
 

opa1

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I hope it stops precipitating here soon.
Last year was the wettest year my area has ever seen.
Normal precipitation is 42" and last year we had 70" in my area of PA.
The ground has been too wet to till the soil most of this past year.
Here too. Haven't seen the sun for two weeks. I'm running low on vitamin "D".
 

GuyK

Junior Member
We've been getting a lot of snow (and down into the low teens at night). Definitely not normal mid-February weather for the Puget Sound region. I've shoveled my very long driveway twice and have had to shovel out around the henhouse every morning so the hens will come out and not be buried in the cumulative 21" of snow we've gotten. Kids have been stuck at home (trapped with teenagers - every parent's dream) and I've had to work from home due to no road plowing / treatment on where I live.

I have gotten to listen to a lot of music, but I just want to be able to leave my house!

(from a couple of days ago):

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Where are you that you have 21"? I'm in Shoreline and have about 6". Everybody else I know that's on the East side of the Sound has between 12" & 18". Family on the Peninsula, though... that's a whole different story. Family and friends in Sequim have 2' or so.
 
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Thermionics

Post Whore In Training
Hollywood Hill (SE of Woodinville). We're far enough away from the Sound and Lake Washington and have enough shade from all the Doug Firs that our temperatures never got up above freezing and very little melted off, even with sunlight (case in point - it got down to 13 degrees F on Saturday night / Sunday morning). We had just shy of 8" of snow the first round, 9.75" the second round and almost 4" the third round (last night). It's snowing again right now, so who knows where we'll end up as a total?

Good to see another Haven member in the Puget Sound area!
 

MikeT.

Senior Member
I’m wit ya! Midwest, Chicago area, snow, snow, -25, snow rain, snow and tonight snow/sleet. Maybe we’ll se a break by noon tomorrow. Fingers crossed 🤞
 

GuyK

Junior Member
Just lost 3 enormous branches from my fir trees, and power is starting to flicker. No generator here.
 

Thermionics

Post Whore In Training
Hope the power stays on.
Power was off for a few hours (thankfully we have a generator). Now it's back on but I'm very worried we're going to lose branches or trees (Douglas Fir). Hopefully if we do so they fall away from the house and away from the cars!
 

GuyK

Junior Member
Power went off sometime during the night but was back before I woke up. And the front yard looks like a bomb went off from the fallen branches.
 

Thermionics

Post Whore In Training
Power went off sometime during the night but was back before I woke up. And the front yard looks like a bomb went off from the fallen branches.
Thankfully no branches yet (we lost a Doug in the last windstorm), although I had to remove snow from the top of the carport as the visqueen was buckling under the load and remove snow from the flat part of the barn roof as a beam cracked. Will need to replace it when the weather clears.
 
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