Friday, December 18, 2020

Forty Inches of Snow #SkywatchFriday

Today, I show you the aftermath of a historic snowstorm yesterday in the Southern Tier of New York, and the highest snow total in our county's history (breaking a record on March 14, 2017 of 35.3 inches).  

We made the national news.  Yes, I know there are places in our country quite capable of getting more in a storm than we did.  But somehow, it captured peoples' imagination.

We were fortunate.  The snowstorm was predicted (except we were supposed to get maybe a foot.)  We live on the edge of the New York snowbelt, so snow is not unknown to us (in a normal year, we get about 73 inches (185 cm) of snow.  Just not all at once.)  

It was a light, fluffy snow.  We never lost power (we did lose internet a couple of times). And, best of all, it was not a work day for me.   

Most of the snow came after 10pm Wednesday.  I woke up in the night to visit the bathroom, peeked out the window, and couldn't believe what I saw.  Not when I looked, but at one point it was coming down at a rate five inches an hour.  We got something like 15 inches of snow between 1 and 3:30 am Thursday.

It's time to see the sky (and snow).

When I got up this morning, I opened the door.  Obviously, I wasn't going anywhere.  The thing on the left is the railing for our steps.  Our steps were buried.

My spouse tried to measure the snow from our front stoop but the yardstick disappeared into the snow.  We estimated about 39 inches.  Officially, we got just over 40.  There wasn't any snow on the ground when this storm began.

Mid afternoon, spouse had cleared enough of a path that I could walk across part of the front of our house, and I could take pictures.
This is part of what he had to clear up.  Under the big snow lump is our SUV.  There is so much white here. Even the sky looks white.
Part of our garage roof.  I was really trying to get the sky. I should have gotten the roof, too.
Another view. Our SUV is under there somewhere.

As of me posting this morning, the plow still hasn't come through on our road.  I guess we'll be settling in for a snow quarantine and chipping away at the snow - not that we have any place to put it.

Winter has begun.

Joining Yogi's #SkywatchFriday.


  1. Yes. You were in our (German) news, also with that snow.
    "Visit" the bathroom, you sure give me funny ways to talk, I´ll keep this as the brain fog. :-)

    It looks so beauti- and peaceful, but weee. Am I lucky we have no snow. Some comphy 9C here!

  2. OMG. I remember a storm back in the late 70's. My husband dug a tunnel out from the garage and it was up to my shoulders. We only had about two inches yesterday which I shoveled this morning. Good luck with removing your snow.

  3. Oh wow, incredible. I'll just stay with our five inches we here please.
    My parents used to live in southeast Idaho. They would get pretty good snows but it was very dry and the wind would blow and the would drift clear up to their roof on the downwind side. Don't miss that!!

  4. Here on Long Island, we were expecting a foot of snow. My neighborhood got about 4 inches, the north shore got more than than. But we didn't get anything close to what you got!

  5. I have to admit that I love the clean, peaceful look of a freshly fallen snow, but that's just way too much. I bet you'll remember your snow-birthday forever.

  6. That is so incredible. Glad it passed over us (mostly).
    Carol Cassara

  7. Oh, my! I only lived in snow one winter, in CA, and it wasn't like back east snows at all. Seemed a lot to me. I am not sure what I'd do with your snows! Be prepared I guess. Neither of you overdo the shoveling!

  8. That is a lot of snow! But magical!

  9. Wow - we just got a few flurries, nothing to write home about! Stay safe and warm and Happy Holidays!

  10. wow! I have never ever experienced something like that. stay warm :-)

  11. ...I read about it, we got 3".

  12. Yow! Nothing like welcoming winter with a blast! Glad you're safe. I love snow! I'm a little envious right now...

  13. Wow, you really got buried, didn't you?

  14. Hi Alana - I saw it ... so interesting to see your photos - take care until it's cleared and you're opened up to the world again. All the best - Hilary

  15. Beautiful!! I remember when we owned a mountain cabin and experiencing big snow dumps that would totally bury our car. So gorgeous to see the next morning, and kind of fun when we were young!

  16. Wow! That is a lot of snow. I actually remember such snow drifts from when I was a child and the significant snow fall was a regular occurrence. It hasn't happened in a long while where I lived as a child. I hope you are staying dry and warm and that you will have a very Merry Christmas.


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