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Sunday, March 23, 2014

More Winter Here!

Winter returned yet again Friday night, with a fresh foot of snow.  Spring had been coming along nicely (if 6 weeks slower than for some of you down south of the border), with the snowbanks sagging lower, the sun feeling warmer, and the roads melted bare of ice and snow.  But winter is not going to let go easily here this year!

The trouble was the rain we got Thursday, which had turned the driveway to a sheet of ice.  It took me nearly four hours with the big snowblower to get the driveway clear, slipping on the ice under the deep snow constantly.  Everyone here uses driveway stakes to mark the lines for the snowblowers; you can see one sticking just out of the snow along the side of the drive - it was 10" above the snow a few days ago!

This one didn't quite get buried again, but the one on the right is just emerging after disappearing completely again.  These are 30" driveway markers, so that tells you how deep the snow is.

Out the back of the driveway this is the pile the snowblower has deposited over the winter.  Last year it was about 2 feet high; this year it is over my head.  (That's a four foot driveway stake sticking above the snow pile.

A week or more ago it was warm enough that the ice on our back roof crashed off onto the deck like a thunderous avalanche, breaking into big chunks like ice-bergs.  Then it promptly froze in place again, so I can't move it.  Then it snowed a foot on top.  Winter isn't over yet!

On the other hand, the side yard looks very peaceful.  Note the tops of the adirondack chairs sticking above the snow under the old apple tree, and the fox tracks leading that direction.  This would just be an ordinary winter if it were late February - but it's now late March, and this amount of snow still around is unheard of!  Still, it was a beautiful sunlit day.

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16 comments:

  1. We got the same system a few hours later. Saturday morning was quite an interesting walk, to say the least.

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  2. Oh my. Reading about everyone's winter in the more easterly parts of our country makes me glad I live here in the west. I sometimes miss the real winters and the snow, but this year winter just seems to go on and on. I hope it melts soon.
    Have a great week. Stay safe with the ice and snow.

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  3. You have an amazing amount of snow, FG. The driveway stakes make that abundantly clear. I wonder what quirks this spring will have once it feels like it has arrived. I'd be happy to see some warm days linger.

    Stay warm; it looks like you still have some snowshoeing opportunities!

    Karen

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  4. The later it gets the more likely spring will come with a bang. We're at the point where we can get very warm weather. The sun is higher up in the sky so we receive more warmth.

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  5. I'm so glad we aren't the only ones with so much snow this late in the season! In fact, we have another huge storm coming on Wednesday with about 30 - 40 cm. of snow. The sun is very strong though and there are puddles along the roads. You sure have a lot of ice and snow on your deck. I hope it holds up to the weight. Have a great week.

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  6. I hope the snow ends soon. I hear there is another chance of snow tomorrow. It is pretty on your photos. enjoy your new week ahead!

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  7. Yup....still have snow here!
    Visited the cottage on Friday...Lake Erie frozen solid!!!
    Summer looks pretty far away!
    Enjoy your week...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  8. You are experiencing the same weather we have or should I say we're experiencing the same as you have! We did have some warm ups and some of the snow melted back but then we got a bit more snow. Everything is hard as a rock underneath. Our county road commission keeps a tally of the snowfall and our last total for the 2013/14 winter is 185". We've had problems in the region with roof cave-ins this year. It's been a hard one! Hope you start to see some active melting soon!

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  9. There is beauty in the snow.

    We have a late spring and had a rougher winter than usual. Arkansas is supposed to be in the South!

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  10. Goodness, that's so much snow! We don't have any to speak of, but it's still been cold. Only 16 degrees this morning.

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  11. We will hope Red is right and spring does come with a bang.

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  12. It got cold again here after some nice warm springlike days. A few inches of snow is in the forecast for tonight.
    Looks like the middle of winter yet by you!!!

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  13. It's always nice when the sun comes out!

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  14. We have the same markers in blue. I can see ours again. But we got about 4 inches more today. Sun tomorrow they say. I'm ready.

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  15. Oh my, while so lovely to look at, I know you are longing for a respite from this weather. Springtime and warm wishes to you and yours...Susan

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  16. I'm sorry for the never ending winter.

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