Monday, February 18, 2013

White Stuff Everywhere - The Blizzard of 2013

As promised here are the photos from Winter Storm Nemo aka The Blizzard of 2013. W lost power Friday,  February 7th around 8:00 PM and didn't get it back until around 6:30 PM on Sunday, February 9th. We woke up on Saturday to a chilly 49 degrees in our apartment. We layered up and went down to shovel out the driveway and our cars.

And this is what a picture of a bunch of snow looks like when you forget to adjust your camera settings. Holy blinding snow.

There was so much snow. We have a rock wall that is around a foot to a foot and a half tall at the front of the yard that goes along the sidewalk. Well the snow on the sidewalk and the curb from the plow was level if not higher in some spots than our rock wall. I dug a little hole to stand in to show you how high it was but the  bottom layers of the snow was icy and packed down. So really I'm not even down to the sidewalk yet in the picture.

There was a tree down across the street leaning against the neighbor's house. He came out to shovel his driveway while we were shoveling away. He said the tree broke some of his siding, a few shutters and dented his gutter a little but luckily it only brushed down the side of the house instead of landing right on it. Also, he got lucky it didn't hit his car. He always pulls his car close to the road so he doesn't have to shovel his whole driveway to get out. If he had pulled his car in any further the tree would have landed on it.

Our cars were coated with snow and ice. Plus, I always park under the pine tree during snow storms. It isn't to uncommon for the branches to get stuck to the roof of my car. This time with so much snow weighing down the tree there were so many branches frozen to the roof.

Andrew had to take my ice scraper and disconnect all the branches before I could move it. I also had to somewhat crouch under a few branches just to get into my car. Andrew didn't even bother clearing off his car for a few days, letting the sun do most of the melting for him.

Here are what the 1st & 2nd floor neighbors' cars looked like. Just a bit of snow and ice for them, too. No that isn't an antennae sticking out of the snow on the car to the left. That is a very small tree branch frozen standing up.

The hardest part of shoveling was getting through all the solid snow that the plows had left in the driveway. Here is a picture of me posing on top of it with my weapon of choice. See the lump in the snow to the right of my shovel. yeah that is the end of the rock wall where the entrance to our driveway is.

After spending around 2 1/2 hours shoveling we walked down to the corner of our street to see what all the lights were the night before. Turns out we had power lines down on our corner and the corner one block down. Guess we found the reason why we had no power. We decided to see if the Dunkin' Donuts or McDonalds down the street had power. Well if they did they weren't open. We then found out from listening to the radio in my car that the Governor had announced that they wanted everyone off the road and if you were out driving around you could be charged with a $500 fine or up to a year in prison. Ooops. Guess we need to buy a battery operated radio for times like these. :) Luckily, we headed back home and didn't get pulled over.

We decided to go and stay at my Mother-in-Laws house with our kitties. It didn't look like we were getting power back any time soon and it was supposed to get below zero Saturday night. When we came back early Sunday afternoon it was very chilly in our apartment. I'd like to tell you the temperature but our thermostat only goes to 40 degrees and that is what it was at. I'm pretty sure it was less than that though. We unloaded the kitties and packed up our laundry to go wash at my Mom's house. We had left my cell phone number with one of the neighbors so we would know when power was back. Thankfully, we got the call just before 6:30 PM letting us know that we had electricity back.

Hopefully this was the last big storm before spring. I'm so ready for warm weather.

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