Sunday, February 22, 2015

More (snow) than expected

After making our way home from piano lessons yesterday, we were still under the impression – based on the forecast – that we were only going to see an accumulation of about 1-3” of snow, that was to turn to rain later in the night. At least that is what we thought. Ok, so it started much earlier than expected, but it would end earlier too, right? Nope.

By 3pm it was still snowing hard, and the initial accumulation we’d got during our drive home had practically doubled. And there was no sign of it stopping or slowing.


Eventually, around 3-4pm, Honor and I went outside to check how deep the snow was. It turns out that it was about shin-deep on an 11 year old!


She almost faceplanted!


“Stop laughing, Mom!”


Yea… next year we totally need snow pants…


Ninja went out onto the patio to check out where the snow had blown through the screens. She was NOT impressed with the cold stuff on her toes and came right back in! Brian and Pumpkin wisely chose to do warm, inside activities as well.


Honor went out to play, and after a bit, I went on a trek to go find her and join her in her explorations. It was easy to track her…


But not so easy to walk. With this snow fall and the snow that had previously accumulated, we had bits of the yard where I was trudging through knee-deep snow.

Where’d my leg go? (Note: Snow pants AND boots)


Ah-ha! Found my intrepid adventurer in the back yard!


“Follow me, mom. I know what I’m doing.”


Evidence of a very busy woodpecker. And me, covered in snow.


Honor decided to make a snow angel. She’s probably tried before, but this is really the first good snow that she’s had to make a REAL snow angel with.

Isn’t this the most awesome snow angel ever?


Next we went over to say hello to the neighbor’s horses, but they were not in a social mood. The were just hanging out quietly together by the trees.


Honor, posing by a stump that we call the chair tree.



Anyway, back in the front yard, the gnome is looking a little concerned.


And Honor got in a little sledding. The snow was so deep and soft though that she’d get down the hill and sink in!


Looking out my window, I can see where we adventured.


Brad and I came to the conclusion that the forecast 1-3” accumulation was the forecast for snow UNDER the carport.


It continued to snow continuously until about 8pm. Nearly 12 hours after it started here. We had a bit of sleet and freezing rain after that. I measured the snow on the upstairs balcony at 10”. What accumulated on the BBQ looked about the same. At night, everything was very quiet and hushed. Everything looked very soft.


The little solar light is barely peeping up out of the snow!


The BBQ had been cleaned off before this snow started. And here is the patio upstairs too.


This was a lovely snowfall, if way more than we expected, but I think this is enough. I’m just about ready for Spring! But first, I may have to go out and join in on the snowman making… or snow shoveling…

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