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SNovember

Ok, so it’s been a while!  Every time I think I’m going to stay caught up, I realize it’s been MONTHS since I’ve posted!

Some of you may have seen the news that Buffalo got hit with a crazy lake effect snow storm last month- dubbed Snovember.  Where I live, we ended with an official total of 78″ of snow!  With 3-5” per hour, and it snowed for hours, we got buried!

We were woken up at 5am by a call from school saying it was closed..

Taken out the back door at 5:30am

Taken out the back door at 5:30am

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Looking out the front 5:30am

I took pics every couple hours:

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12:30pm  That's an 8 ft fence in the back yard!

12:30pm That’s an 8 ft fence in the back yard!

And it just kept snowing and piling up….then it fell

Same view out the back, but the snow slid off the roof! 6:30pm

Same view out the back, but the snow slid off the roof! 6:30pm

My husband worked hard to keep the driveway clear, so that when it did finally stop snowing, we wouldn’t be completely buried!  We woke up the next day to some sun, and lots of white!

 

We spent the day shoveling. More snow came and we shoveled some more. The plows finally came, well, not plows but payloaders and bulldozers, then the plows! Towns from the north sent their plows to help.  Neighbors helped neighbors shovel and those that could get out made trips for milk and bread for those still buried.

We finally saw the street on 11/21 and the driving bans were lifted.  First stop- Wegmans for some milk! (and essentials for the neighbors!)

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Snow in Buffalo!

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!

♪ ♫ Oh, the first snow fall of the winter... ♫ ♪

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!

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