Ok, snow in Buffalo, that’s nothing new, right? In November 2000, we got 3 feet within 1 day, stranding LOTS of motorists including many school buses. In December 2001 we got 7 feet over a 5 day period- snow was being trucked to Rochester because there was no where to put it. In 2006 we got blasted with the “October Storm”- an unpredicted storm that dropped over 2 feet of snow and caused power outages for thousands of people (for some up to 11 days) and downed LOTS of trees- the leaves hadn’t fallen yet and they caught all that falling snow and the trees couldn’t withstand the weight of the snow- clean up took months. Last December (2010) the suburbs of Buffalo (in which I live) got over 3 feet of snow in 24 hours. We have made nation weather news MANY years in a row!
However, this year, snow in January is something to talk about- up until yesterday we were 40 inches BELOW normal snowfall- we’ve only had a few dustings! Sometime overnight it started to fall and it’s still falling. The buses were very late this morning (my neighbor drove her girls and mine; good thing because the bus was 40 min late) and traffic was terrible; I stayed home. All after school activities are canceled; except my girls take ice skating lessons through the town so I do have to go out eventually. Because of that I figured I should go shovel; the plow did go by and I didn’t want to get stuck at the end of my driveway. Stupid wind is causing crazy drifts- one side of my driveway has about 2 inches of snow and goes up to almost a foot on the other side! Oh, did I mention the bottom is a layer of slush from yesterday’s rain? That and the wind made for miserable shoveling. I am just now getting the feeling back in my legs and face. Snow is ok. Wind chill is not. Slush is awful. And the crap the plow pushes across the end of the driveway is the worst! 🙂 And in a little over an hour I will voluntarily be sitting next to an ice rink watching my daugthers twill around on frozen water.
Here’s a quick shot of my 20° snow covered back yard; yesterday it was a swamp from the 45° rain! “You might live in Buffalo if you get sunburned and frostbite in the same week”- gotta love Buffalo!
And as I get ready to publish this post, I hear the plow go by, again. So, I guess I’m going to shovel, again. Ugh.
Stay warm and have a great weekend!