Sunday, February 10, 2013

The Day After the Storm

The sun is shining, the wind has died down, and the cleanup of the Blizzard of 2013 is complete at our house. We were thrilled to see this first thing this morning:



During the storm, snow drifts buried the cars almost completely. As the winds continued blowing, the snow was whisked away from the cars. It was almost effortless to clean them off and dig them out.

Another nice surprise greeted us as we made our way out to begin digging out this morning. One of our neighbors kindly cleared the end of our driveway and in front of our mailbox. We live on a cul-de-sac and the town snowplow rarely plows close to our driveway entrance requiring us to clear an extra 10-20 feet out in the road sometimes. We are very thankful for the help.

K wielded the snow blower and quickly cleared the driveway and made paths for the dogs around the yard. Most areas had two feet of snow but some drifts were much higher. Luckily the snow was light. Waiting until today to clear the snow was a smart decision. The wind and cold would have made it more challenging yesterday.

I am amazed that we made it through the storm without even a flickering of the lights. We tend to lose power frequently and are always prepared just in case. It was nice to have our internet and television to keep up with the news of the storm.

Even for us Mainers, this much snow falling all at once is unusual. Almost the entire state shut down and people were urged to stay home. Busses, trains, and airports were immobile leaving some people stranded. Even the Post Office announced that they wouldn't have delivery on Saturday. This is a storm that will be talked about for many years to come.

8 comments:

  1. It was similar for us. Often the northeast corner of the house gets an ice dam if we don't rake, but this storm left no snow on that side of the roof. Nice that you all made it through without losing power!

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    1. It was an amazing storm. The snow drifts were ever changing.

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  2. I was very interested in your report on this storm, since East Poland borders New Gloucester and I am in PA for the semester. I tried keeping track of the storm through the NWS and CMP websites and was amazed at how few power outages there were. I'm guessing the snowfall totals at my house, which is north and west of you, were probably lower than yours, closer to 18" -- a big storm but not an exceptional amount. I guess the neighbor who keeps my dirt road and driveway plowed really earned his fee this time! -Jean

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    1. Jean, I think Poland received about the same amount of snow. The good news is the snow is light and fluffy. That's probably why power outages were minimal too. The snow didn't accumulate on the trees.

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  3. Hurrah for the wind working to help you clear out the cars! I am glad you did not lose power during that storm. Amazing how much snow you all got.

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    1. Peeking out at the cars during the storm and seeing them almost completely covered was a shock. It was almost overwhelming to think about digging out.

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    1. Thanks Jody! We did stay nice an cozy during the big storm. What a difference a week makes. Most of the snow has melted. We have another snow storm today, but hopefully it won't be too bad.

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