Thursday, February 3, 2011

Too Much Snow

I was finally able to get in a run today. In case you haven't heard, there was a blizzard up here in southeast Wisconsin. We got something like 20 inches of snow, give or take some inches depending where you were. There was so much snow over night on Tuesday that my company closed for the first time in over 41 years of business because of weather.

The storm started with maybe 4 inches of snow on Monday night into Tuesday. There was a break for about 3 hours before the winds picked up and that night the snow just poured down. Actually it was pouring sideways because of the wind gusting to up to 60 MPH. It snowed all night long. I went to sleep with the driveway completely clear and woke up to a massive drift over the whole front 2/3's of the driveway. It was about 4 1/2 feet deep. So I woke up and put on all my warm coats, gloves, and boots and off to clear the driveway I went. There were still a few problems, while the snow had stopped, the wind was still blowing very hard so I had the throw the snow only to the south. Did I mention I don't have a snow blower? Yep, I had to do the entire driveway with a shovel. UGH! To be honest, the driveway STILL isn't completely clear. There is a spot about 7 feet by 6 feet and 5 feet deep that I just have no where to throw the snow to. The piles at the edge of the driveway are too tall. I was out there for over 6 hours throughout the day on Wednesday shovelling and some of my muscles are very sore.

But today I was back at work and was able to get in 4 miles with Mike afterwards. Mike kept me going pretty fast today even in the snow covered road. I think we ran at 8:15 pace. It felt good.

I got home and after dinner, bundled up once again and cleared off what the plow left by, then I cleared the buried mailbox, cleared away and made a path to the fire hydrant at the edge of my yard, and cleaned a small path to the front door. It was cold tonight but it needed to be done. I am officially sick of snow for the year, but there will be more, for sure!

Here are a few pictures of the house and driveway after the storm.
The front porch doesn't look too good, unless you compare it to the rest of the driveway.
Here is the driveway, that is a huge drift.
There is a small tree near the top middle of the picture, if you look just to the right of it near the bottom of the tree, you can barely see the top of my mailbox. The mail box is only 3 feet to the right of the driveway.
I was able to make a path that one car could drive through. At the end of the driveway, still only 1 car can make it in.
Melissa had a lot of fun out in the snow making forts and climbing around. This pile is just too big to throw more snow over.

1 comment:

misszippy said...

I think your title sums it all up! That is crazy.