Thursday, January 30, 2014

One More Look at the Snow!

Ok, these are the last pictures of our snowbanks for awhile.  I can't provide many pictures with no snow at all at this time of year, but after this I'll stop talking about how much we have for awhile.  This is after all a blog about 'Seasons in the Valley' though, so documenting the snowfall of 2014 is important, right? 

I've cut the exposure and increased the contrast on these photos so the snow itself will be more visible; otherwise it would be all just white and you couldn't distinguish the snowbanks.  There was also a bit of hazy sun, which really helps.

When I head out the driveway and down the road to walk the dog, these are the snowbanks on our own street - fairly sheltered in our rural subdivision, so no real drifting, but 4-5 feet of snow at the roadside.

We turn the corner, up the hill and head down to the cul-de-sac.  This is usually where I face the wind if it's coming out of the south.  Only 3-4 feet of snow, but the highest I've ever seen here.

Down in the cul-de-sac the snow is a good 6 feet high, and the plow has been getting rather lazy, just pushing the snow to the right, so the cul-de-sac is now merely a wide dead-end.  There's 30 feet of pavement under the snow to the right of that snowbank.

Turning the other direction from our driveway the snowbanks are lower, but we're suffering from a serious case of road creep here.  As the plow goes around the curve it tends to push more snow outwards, and cut into the snow on the inner curve.  Only about two-thirds of the road you see is the paved road; on the left is a good 8 feet of grass right into the ditch.  And on the right, 8 feet of pavement is under that snowbank, so the road has migrated 8 feet to the left!

Around the corner, at least the stop sign is still up there above the height of the snowbank when I head into town.

And this is just one snowbank in town, in the arena parking lot where I went to skate the other day.  Here it's a good 8 feet high; you can just see the tops of some distant trees over the top.

Everyone here is saying 'It's a winter to remember'.


  1. Oh wow, I should not complain about our measly 10 inches. I would have cabin fever there for sure. I hope it warms up soon, have a happy weekend!

  2. It is beautiful.

    I remember plows doing much the same where my parents lived.

  3. I cannot imagine THAT much snow anywhere.. Did you read about Atlanta, GA this week? They had 2 inches of snow --and the city stopped... People got stuck on interstates and had to spend hours and hours and hours before being able to move.... Scary for them.. Proves this is RARE for the south.

    Here in TN --we haven't had much snow --but we have had a terribly cold month--coldest in years and years.... Unbelievable!!!!

    Thanks for your snow photos.. How do you get the snow off of your roofs --to keep them from caving in?????


    1. It's the Building Code here, which takes into account the snow load.

  4. You just keep on documenting the snow in the years to come you will have a record of what happened! We have some bank almost as high..we get anymore snow and ours will be stop sign level. :(

  5. I love snow photos, and yours are wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing and greetings from Montreal, Canada.

  6. Bruce Peninsula will be under a State of Emergency soon should it not stop; Gas stations have ran out of gas, people are running out of fuel to heat their homes. And we are to get another storm next week ! This has been quite the month of Winter, January has. The Kitchener-Waterloo Record even covered a story about it.

  7. I like the soft light in these photos - almost golden.

  8. We don't get much snow in the Fraser Valley so I enjoy seeing other people's snow picture. You definitely have a lot of snow!

  9. Yup, pretty much like that here. I'm going to get a picture of me by the bank at the end of our driveway.

  10. I like your photos, as usual, and I'm glad to see lots of snow this year through your photos. We don't have that much here yet, but enough to make our place a stable winter wonderland this year too.