7 Feb: We finally got a decent snowfall. After getting hit with a light snow accompanied with ice pellets for an hour on the 7th, then changing to freezing drizzle for 3-1/2 hours made for very slippery everything! After those miserable 3-1/2 hours it changed to rain from 2:30 PM until almost 4:00 AM the following morning. What a mess!
8 Feb: At least the sun poked through the clouds during the morning, but by 1:00 PM it became overcast and the temperature began dropping fairly rapidly.
9 Feb: We were on a "Winter Weather Advisory" from 3 AM to 6 PM. Forecast of snow, heavy snowfall for 8 hours with (original) accumulations for our area in the range of 5-9 inches/12,7-22,8cm. It was also a little blustery with winds of 20 mph/48 kmph that would blow and drift this dry, powdery snow! Of course they said the snow would be falling the heaviest during everyone's morning commute to work (7AM-1PM). So you know schools will be closed and "grandma" and I will be babysitting the granddaughters. But because of the mountains to the west and the river valley on our east, weather forecasters never (well, very, very seldom) get winter storms right. The snow didn't start falling until 4:02 AM. By 10 AM there was already 4.5 inches/11.4cm on the ground. What they did get right was the time the heavy snowfall would start - 7 AM, almost on the nose! The snow didn't let up until until 4:10 PM, and within 10 minutes - hold your breath everyone! - the sun peaked out just as it was going down over the tree tops. At least people got to see it for a few minutes. The wind however, kept up it howling as it did all day and continued throughout most of the evening. It finally slowed down to a light breeze by 10 PM. (This was when I was my own home - shoveling my driveway, my porch (ankle deep in snow) and the 3 walkways. I finished at midnight. )
10 Feb.: The winds were still fairly light as the sun came up, but within a couple of hours it was blowing hard and once in a while howling through the trees. I spent almost 1-1/2 hours shoveling snow that had dropped onto the driveway along side my car. The car acted like a snow fence, forcing the wind to drop the snow it was blowing onto the ground on the leeward side of the car. That was about 2 feet/61cm of hard-packed drifted snow. I also had to shovel the snow drifts along the length of the north side of my son's driveway. Every year I tell him, "DO NOT plow any snow to the north side of your driveway. It will drift across the driveway! I plowed this road for 20 years and because you are in the open, the wind whips through here!" I think everything I say falls upon deaf ears. Once I finished the driveway, I walked around back and started shoveling the drifted snow that piled up onto the steps to the deck. The dogs were having a slight problem climbing up and down them. Once on the deck, I decided I would clear the entire thing instead of just making a path wide enough for the dogs. My mistake! I spent over an hour carrying one shovelful at a time of blown, packed snow that was knee deep from the deck over to west side where I proceeded to make a very large pile. I couldn't throw it to the east side because of the house and now where the addition they're building on. On the south side is the girls' playhouse and the steps come off the north side next to the screen room. I also shoveled the packed snow from the top of the hot tub that's on the deck. Lo and behold! Just when I thought I was done - and straightened my back for the first time in over 2 hours - I looked up and realized I hadn't knocked off the snow from the two roofs that had drifted and curled well past the edges of the roofs! Arrrgh! (Slapped myself in the forehead at this time! ) After knocking down the overhanging snow, I proceeded to shovel again! But at least this time I was done in less than 15 minutes! My wife brought me out a cup of coffee as I sat in the screen room (barely able to move). At least I'm done shoveling for several hours now. I do have some "touch-ups" to do down at my house, and by dinnertime the wind will have drifted some more snow onto the north side of my son's driveway. But the best part of today? It's mostly sunny!
The girls asked about building a snowman, but this snow is too powdery and doesn't stick together (unless it's drifted and packed almost rock hard). Maybe one of the next 2 snowfalls we're expecting over the next 4 days will yield some snow that's better suited for building snowmen. At least they have a giant pile of snow they can play on next to the deck!
I'm looking forward to the lunar eclipse tonight, but the way my luck has been running these past 8 years (as far as the night sky), it will cloud up after sunset as usual!
Oh! I forgot to mention that last night the temperature had dropped down to 4.7 degrees F / -15,16C but, with a wind chill of -14F, it felt like -10F/-23,7C. At 1:35 PM, right now it's up to a sweltering 30F/-1,1C!
High today reached 33.0F/0,5C. The wind finally died down to a light breeze by 3:45 PM, but the sun is on its way down toward the tree tops. (Sigh!)
We're expecting another 1 to 3 inches of snow tonight, so that means the moon better be eclipsed before the clouds move back in or - as usual - I'll miss the eclipse.
UPDATE: I watched the moon rise over the trees on the island in the river. It was full and bright orange. Looked like it would be a nice opportunity for observing the eclipse. But I did notice a narrow band of clouds directly behind the sun as it set. Oh, oh! Now, at 6:15 PM, the moon is well over the trees, but now it is only a faint glow behind an overcast sky! Come on! You've got to be kidding me! Even checking again at 7:30 PM, same gray overcast sky! Oh well, maybe I can indulge my eyes on the sight of the falling snow later on.