You may be asking, “Why the heck did you do that Chip?” Well, you see, Friday and Saturday we had this snowstorm come up the coast, stop right on top of us, mate with another snowstorm coming in from the west, and they dumped about a trillion baby snowflakes on top of us before moving on to harass Atlantic Canada.
|Now picture feet of snow up there|
It wasn’t just the snow, but the 50 mile per hour sustained winds, with hurricane force gusts that made this storm so interesting. In fact, this blizzard was basically a snow hurricane. Here is what I woke up to Saturday morning. These are drifts up against my second story bedroom window (there is a sloping roof a few feet below).
It continued to snow throughout Saturday. Here are the drifts just an hour and a half later. By the way, I'm already well over the two foot forecast with several hours to go.
Sunday dawned beautifully, with the sun shining down on all the new snow. When I went outside to look, here is what I found. I have my driveway plowed; there’s no way I’d try to clear a 400 foot driveway, even with a snowblower. By the way, I don’t have any before the storm pictures, but I basically had no snow on my property prior to it hitting me.
It was tough to tell how much snow I got because of the drifting, but the path in to my front door looked relatively level with the rest of the lawn, so that seems to be as good a guide as any. The snow was between 3 and 4 feet deep there. I’ve lived in
my entire life, and am not a stranger to winter storms, but that’s a lot of snow even for me. Maine
After clearing my mailbox I started on the path to my door. Here are the before and after pictures of my front entrance.
I’m not done yet, though. I’ve got to have a path to my other entrances, so around the porch and down the side of my house I go.
That's just the beginning of the sunroom. I've got to go around it, which starts with the rest of the side by this first door I cleared.
Made it around the corner. Guess where I’ve got to go next. Yup, right through 40 feet of the deepest snow drift.
|I added the shovel to give a sense of scale|
Who was the idiot that had them put the second door as far as possible around the circumference of the sun room when it was added on? Oh wait, it was me. Never mind. I caught a break here. The wind had left "only" two feet of snow on this side.
Two hours in and Phase one is complete!
I didn't take any pictures of the roof raking (Phase 2) and the subsequent shoveling of the snow brought down from the roof that filled in the doorways with several feet of snow again (Phase 3). I just wanted it to be over and didn't feel like going back inside to get the camera a couple more times. You may be wondering why I cleared the doorways and paths if the roof raking was just going to undo all that work. I did it because I didn't want to trudge through waist deep snow while doing the raking, and because when it comes off the roof the weight of it seriously compacts the snow when it hits, making it very heavy to shovel. Any snow that is under where it lands also gets compacted, so that's why I cleared the steps beforehand.
Finally, as much of a workout as I got from the shoveling, the hardest part was the roof raking. With shoveling at least you can use your legs and back to help. With roof raking it is all arms and wrists and even an aluminum rake gets really heavy when you've got it out to its full 18 foot length, lifting it way above your head, dropping it into feet deep snow, then pulling as hard as you can to move that mass of snow towards you until it drops off the edge.
There's supposed to be a storm coming in tomorrow, but it might change over to rain after a couple inches of snow so hopefully I won't have to shovel after that.