Hope you've enjoyed my seasonal detour back to last spring and more southern latitudes, but it's time to return to winter. In spite of yesterday's rain, we're getting some beautiful sunny winter days that are just ideal for being outdoors.
And I thought I should record some of our bigger snowbanks, just for the
record. It really has been astonishing how much snow we've
accumulated. I think this is the tallest snowbank I"ve encountered, reaching just below the telephone wires, and well over twice the height of a car.
There hasn't been much new snow (until last night), so there's been time for the plows, the giant snowblowers and the large front-end loaders to get out and push back the worst of the drifts. Once a small drift gets started, it just continues to grow as the blown snow drops in the lee of the drift.
The big front-end loaders have been working at this one (and the top one above and the two below), lifting the worst of the snow off the road and piling it back as far as they can reach. This is slow work, and you need a break in the weather to do it.
There's one road nearby that is closed because of winter drifting so often that they have permanent signs which they just have to turn on. This pile is well over 15 feet, nearly reaching the lower wires and continuing down the road for half a mile.
And just around the corner is another very long drift, also a good 15 feet high. There's one particular region where all the biggest drifts and snowbanks seem to accumulate, high on the upland north of us, where there is more open farmland, before you drive down the escarpment.
This is at an intersection where the stop sign was virtually buried. Here they've used the giant snowblower to cut back the drift, leaving a vertical wall of snow 8 feet high. We locally refer to this stretch as the 'tunnel'. hope you enjoyed my tour of local snowbanks, under sunny blue skies.