Listening to the radio Wednesday-Friday was less music and more a litany of closures. We ended up getting about 18", which is fabulous. Weather service says we got just over 1" of moisture. And since the ground wasn't frozen pre-fall, it's soaking in nicely.
Although waking up Friday morning to 4' was a bit of a shock.
|Friday a.m. : 4'F and sparkly|
We didn't bother trying to get anything cleared until Friday. It didn't stop snowing and blowing until late Thursday night, and the county didn't get the road plowed until sometime Friday afternoon anyway. Thursday afternoon the snow was knee deep for a 1/4 mile in both directions. Although once you got to the top of the hill in the wind, it was probably only 8 or 9".
I know this because T called the cow neighbors and the horse neighbors Wednesday night to let them know that a) we'd water the cows, and b) if the road was impassible, we'd walk up and check on the horses and make sure they had water. The cows were no big deal, but the horses required a 3/4 mile slog up the hill.
|Knee-deep, but oh so pretty|
|They could hardly contain their excitement - lol!|
By the time we got back the wind had switched and the flakes were getting bigger. The horses were bouncing around, kicking up big puffs of it.
|See the ears? Not a happy cat.|
Clearing the driveway Friday morning was entertaining from a spectator's standpoint. Not so much - or at least less frequently - from T's. I shoveled the front while T did battle with the driveway drifts in the bobcat. The temps and the consistency of the snow made it really slick. That blue cast to things is probably not entirely from the snow... I sweated more, but he did more cussing. Never a good sign when I can hear him although way up the hill over the engine!
At one point I thought he was going to take out either the fence or clip a power pole, but he's handier than I am, and all and sundry made it through unscathed. Midway through, the cow neighbors appeared with their bobcat/blade and between them they got things cleaned up double time.
|Snow calving off the granary roof|
They're predicting we might get another 8-12" over the next two days. Woo-hoo!
|I don't think he wanted his picture taken...|