the "big storm" had arrived

Leesburg, FL(Zone 9b)

We got a bit over night, not much... an inch or so, maybe more, bu hard to tell due to blowing....

but it just started to snow here and lots of gusts of wind.

from what they say.... close to 24" by the time it's over in 24hrs.

batten the hatches.....

Western, WI(Zone 4a)

Hang on, Therese


We only recd. around 5" on top of what we already have on the ground. So now have over 22" again.

Leesburg, FL(Zone 9b)

It did look like Wisc was done with the snow. our Mgr at the Park also commented on about 5"
they were forecasted about a foot. so 5" is good.

It started snowing here around 1 pm with a few wind gusts but nothing ominous yet. Chicago's had wind all day. Even the wild birds aren't straying too far from the feeders this afternoon. Snow plow has already been down our street this afternoon but I'm not even going to think about shoveling yet.

Leesburg, FL(Zone 9b)

We've got thunder and a big flash of lightening....

No thunder or lightning here - yet. It was quiet for a little while but the wind is picking up again. It hasn't been as windy as in Chicago though - they're getting hammered from what I see on tv. I think the Chicago stuff is supposed to drop down a bit as it moves east so we're right in the path. Just want to keep the power on.

Milwaukee, WI(Zone 5a)

Just got home from work total whiteout and thunder and snowdrifts very scary!!! Glad to be home in one piece!!!

Leesburg, FL(Zone 9b)

well i got up at 6am, and knew Buddy would have to go out, as with the thunder and lightening, he didnt go out last night....

there is no way to even open the 'slider' off the kitchen. we have a service door at the back of our garage that goes directly into the fenced back yard. that I could open, but had to shovel my way out... Buddy waited patiently.

due to the sunroom in the middle of the yard, and the shed at the back -- there were two small walk ways that only had about a half inch of snow... i had to shovel 3-4 FOOT drifts so Bud could do his business... but he was too excited playing with his ball.

i took a bunch of images, some didnt work well when the flash hit hte snow flakes that are still falling and blowing.

the back patio had at least 4 foot drifts.

with the front of our home facing east, the snow did not pile up / drift in front of the garage door... as of last night, i could still see asphalt. I think it's still there this morning, as is part of the side walk to the front porch -- is visible.

i think hte bottom of the drives, where the snow plows dump it all... that looks a good 5'

thank heavens we bought that new snow blower last month.

I hear DH is up....

Middleton, WI(Zone 4b)

Furnace went out last night. MG&E emergency crew were backed-up. Got a call at 3 a.m. to say our back road was so impassable they couldn't get to us. Now I'm bundled in sweaters and and quilts waiting for the town plow crews and a private furnace company.

It's my husband's birthday but as a city worker he's got to go in to help plow. He's promised to try to buy me a room heater as soon as Ace Hardware opens and try to swing home.

The good news is DH says it will be an early spring!

Leesburg, FL(Zone 9b)

we had the lights flicker a few times last night... but we were lucky. no power loss.

the snow is still really coming down. heavier than it was yesterday.....

No power loss here so I'm totally happy. DH is home from work today and we're trying to decide when to start clearing the driveway - before or after the coming lake-effect snow. Our street has been plowed a couple of times - kudos to the streets and san crew - but we'll have to dig through 4 ft at the end of the driveway. I think I'll get my workout today. Did you see the mess on Lake Shore Drive? Dumb/embarrassing question but what about bathroom facilities when you're stuck in a car for 10 hours?

Leesburg, FL(Zone 9b)

hold it??

but yea, i hear ya. i think many left their cars, which of course makes it harder to get the streets cleaned. I think that was the issue this morning.

we just came in from "cleaning" WOW. So glad we got a bigger 'blower'
our neighbor was watching DH and said... Wish I had one of those??

ours has 28" path i think... or 26, but our last one was 22. All of our neighbors have really small snow blowers.. gotta wonder if they grew up in the midwest.
One if from Argentina, one Mexico, a few Indians [middle east, not American]

I felt bad for one gal, dont know where her DH was, but she was shoveling it... if she doesnt hire someone, and i see her out there later today... i'll go give her a hand... she has 2 lil ones at home.

Leesburg, FL(Zone 9b)

we looked out the window and 2 of the neighbors with smaller 'blowers' were helping Kelly .... so DH just went over there to help too.

Leesburg, FL(Zone 9b)

here is out of the service door of the garage.

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It took DH and I about 1 1/2 hours with shovel and snow blower to clear the driveway and unbury the cars. And then the lake effect snow started. Hmmm - I think one of us will be out there again later. We have some wind but not the 50 mph stuff that others got.

Des Plaines, IL(Zone 5b)

This storm was brutal - 20.2" at O'Hare (we're about 2 mi. from O'Hare). Here's apic of my backyard this morning. Rather different than 6 months ago!! That's a 5' fence, by the way. The birds are happy we kept them fed!

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Ouch! Is that a camera tripod out there? Wishing for green - I guess it's better to get the snow now than in mid-March. That would really suck!

Leesburg, FL(Zone 9b)

I noticed that too. must be for taking pics of the birds.

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Danville, IN

We were supposed to have a major ice storm, but the worst of it was west of Indy. We got enough to bend over trees, but the power stayed on and we had only lots of little twigs and smaller branches broken off. Luckily, above freezing temps and the wind broke off much of the ice on the trees, but it was a spooky night of creaking and groaning! Guess we dodged the bullet with this one. I'd rather have a foot of snow than an inch of ice any day!

My daughter in Chicago says they have officially 19" of snow, but that was this morning and it was still snowing then.

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Des Plaines, IL(Zone 5b)

Yep, it's a tripod. It's an outside one, so hopefully can stand this snow!

Hoosier - Have to agree with your preference of snow over ice. If we would have had ice, we probably would have lost power here.
sherri - do you take photos of the birds?
I think the lake effect is tapering off but looking like DH will have to run the snow blower again. The city here did declare a state of emergency, urging folks to stay at home today. Don't think anyone's going to argue with that.

Des Plaines, IL(Zone 5b)

Hoosier, will that tree be OK? Poor thing is all splayed out!
Cindy, I do - I have a Bird Cam and LOVE it! Here's a recent one taken Christmas Eve . . .

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sherri - Very cool!

Danville, IN

The poor tree is a birch, and it's had this happen before and gradually springs back as the ice melts off. Pretty dramatic though.

The birds are eating us out of house and home, but who can resist helping them out, especially flocks of cardinals? We counted ten male cardinals all feeding or within 10' of the feeders, plus at least that many females.

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Bensenville, IL(Zone 5a)

This was taken yesterday morning (2/2) from our garage door looking out towards the end of the driveway. I think it says it all. Hope everyone has power back. Be safe.


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Felisa - Your driveway is a lot longer than mine. Bet it was a lot of work. Today is a good day for enjoying the sunshine (indoors) and recuperating.

Bensenville, IL(Zone 5a)

I thought this was an interesting juxtaposition - my amaryllis blooming framed by 2+ feet of snow on my deck.

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Sometimes I think the indoor bloomers mean more than the warm season flowers.

Leesburg, FL(Zone 9b)

Seems it's snow ing again... at least this time it's straight down, and not sideways.... looks like i already have about an inch and a half on the back patio...

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