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tcs1366

tcs1366
Itasca,IL&Lk Delton, WI
(Zone 5a)

February 1, 2011
12:23 PM

Post #8343237

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...
Maxine
Western, WI
(Zone 4a)

February 1, 2011
12:32 PM

Post #8343261

Hang on, Therese

Maxine

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

tcs1366

tcs1366
Itasca,IL&Lk Delton, WI
(Zone 5a)

February 1, 2011
12:37 PM

Post #8343269

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.
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

February 1, 2011
12:55 PM

Post #8343316

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.

tcs1366

tcs1366
Itasca,IL&Lk Delton, WI
(Zone 5a)

February 1, 2011
7:15 PM

Post #8344106

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

CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

February 1, 2011
7:18 PM

Post #8344110

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.
sassygranng
Milwaukee, WI
(Zone 5a)

February 1, 2011
10:26 PM

Post #8344330

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

tcs1366

tcs1366
Itasca,IL&Lk Delton, WI
(Zone 5a)

February 2, 2011
4:30 AM

Post #8344466

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...
duck_toller
Middleton, WI
(Zone 4b)

February 2, 2011
5:02 AM

Post #8344497

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!

tcs1366

tcs1366
Itasca,IL&Lk Delton, WI
(Zone 5a)

February 2, 2011
5:15 AM

Post #8344511

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...
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

February 2, 2011
7:54 AM

Post #8344834

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?

tcs1366

tcs1366
Itasca,IL&Lk Delton, WI
(Zone 5a)

February 2, 2011
8:03 AM

Post #8344855

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.

tcs1366

tcs1366
Itasca,IL&Lk Delton, WI
(Zone 5a)

February 2, 2011
8:29 AM

Post #8344907

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.

tcs1366

tcs1366
Itasca,IL&Lk Delton, WI
(Zone 5a)

February 2, 2011
10:10 AM

Post #8345091

here is out of the service door of the garage.

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CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

February 2, 2011
10:54 AM

Post #8345171

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.
sherriseden
Des Plaines, IL
(Zone 5b)

February 2, 2011
10:55 AM

Post #8345172

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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CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

February 2, 2011
11:03 AM

Post #8345192

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!

tcs1366

tcs1366
Itasca,IL&Lk Delton, WI
(Zone 5a)

February 2, 2011
11:07 AM

Post #8345198

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

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HoosierGreen
Danville, IN

February 2, 2011
12:08 PM

Post #8345320

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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sherriseden
Des Plaines, IL
(Zone 5b)

February 2, 2011
12:35 PM

Post #8345369

Yep, it's a tripod. It's an outside one, so hopefully can stand this snow!
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

February 2, 2011
1:01 PM

Post #8345419

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.
sherriseden
Des Plaines, IL
(Zone 5b)

February 2, 2011
3:23 PM

Post #8345607

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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CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

February 2, 2011
4:08 PM

Post #8345673

sherri - Very cool!
HoosierGreen
Danville, IN

February 2, 2011
4:28 PM

Post #8345699

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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frahnzone5
Bensenville, IL
(Zone 5a)

February 3, 2011
12:56 PM

Post #8347045

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.

Felisa

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CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

February 3, 2011
2:18 PM

Post #8350440

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.
frahnzone5
Bensenville, IL
(Zone 5a)

February 4, 2011
12:38 PM

Post #8353590

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

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CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

February 4, 2011
1:50 PM

Post #8353720

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

tcs1366

tcs1366
Itasca,IL&Lk Delton, WI
(Zone 5a)

February 6, 2011
4:41 AM

Post #8356712

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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