A succession of three storms began Thursday morning about 5 am. It was 23˚F (-5˚C) and coming down fast. I wish I had the camera with me waiting at the bus stop that morning. I must have been quite a sight clutching my lunch bag and stomping my feet to keep warm as the snow piled up on the creases of my black jeans.
As the day wore on the snow didn't let up. By 11 am, the courthouse sent everyone home and closed. By noon Brad's work sent everyone home too. He stopped by my office and waited for me to close. It took him 45 minutes to get the 20 miles to town. Our office had some stubborn clients that insisted they drive through the snow to sign their wills rather than reschedule for next week. There was a 20 car pile up on I-5 and it was closed Southbound by Albany. Another crash south of Albany closed the northbound lanes.
We were finally ready to leave my office by 2:30. By this time at least 8-10 inches of snow covered the ground and it was still snowing.
We hunkered down at home with the pellet stove blazing still amazed at another snowfall this winter. The last was in early December - technically that was still Autumn.
Unfortunately, due to the driving conditions, we had to cancel plans of going to Portland Friday to meet up with a friend. I am sure the plans will be rescheduled, but it was still disappointing.
It also snowed all day yesterday, but the temperatures were a little warmer - almost up to freezing. Another 8 inches or so fell during the day yesterday. This morning we woke to a good 16 inches of snow and had to dig the car out to go to coffee this morning. Did I mention the freezing rain hit this morning too on top of the snow?
|(Birdbath in the backyard yesterday)|
|(Another backyard picture - yesterday)|
|(The driveway this morning. Car was bare when we parked it Thursday)|
|(Back tire after some shoveling)|
|(Our snowy front yard this morning)|
|(Rev'it riding pants and Bog boots - a waterproof combination for snow removal)|
And I took a few photos on the way to coffee.
|(Leaving the neighborhood)|
We visited at coffee this morning for a few hours. It was a small group. PolarBear was there with his daughter and they'd picked up another friend that didn't want to drive in. Just the 5 of us so it was nice to visit with a small group.
After coffee we stopped for a few groceries. The rains are making the snow heavy and tree limbs are breaking and taking out power lines. One grocery store was using back-up power so people could still shop, but no one could buy refrigerated goods. If the temperature drops a little, they'll have to throw it all away.
So for now we are at home drinking mugs of hot coffee and enjoying the peace and quiet with nowhere to be until Monday morning. It is raining fairly heavy and the temperature is hovering just above freezing. The streets are still full of snow.
A good day to watch a movie and dream of summer road trips on two wheels.
For those interested here are a few local news stations to view the coverage of Snopocalypse II.
And a link to local webcams at OSU: LINK
- Au Revoir
" Winter is nature's way of saying 'Up Yours'." - Robert Brault