Toby…Ya Got Me!

Yesterday a nor’easter named Toby hit our little burg.  He wasn’t too bad.  Enough for a snow day at home but not so evil as to be extremely heavy wet snow.

I was giving my dramatic reaction to Hurricane Schwartz’s SNOMAGEDDON!!

We shoveled out last night about 9 pm.  It was still snowing but we wanted a fighting chance for the morning commute.  The car wasn’t too covered this morning.  It was about another 3/4″ to clear off.

Puppy was wondering where is this elusive Spring she kept hearing about.  She is not much of a lover of precipitation in general, lol.

We have some really neat homes near us.  This is one of my favorite to take pictures of in the seasons.  It is like a Thomas Kincaid painting when it snows.  We survived our 4th nor’easter this winter/spring.  Yay us!

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Quinn Stopped By Yesterday

Nor’Easter Quinn stopped by and dropped 9″ of snow before leaving us.

We had the day off from work which was very nice.  Traveling was dangerous.  The Wife wasn’t as lucky so I was out on the road twice in the old 4-wheel drive.

Having the 4-Wheel Drive was most helpful.  Later in the day when the snow was at its zenith driving was tricky.  On the main road near our home had cars lined in a zig-zag patterns.  Stuck in the snow and that made it impassable by others that were not stuck.  We were lucky and took an alternate route.  Thankfully the amount of cars on the road was light.

Now we wait for a possible new Nor’Easter for Sunday/Monday.   I look at it like this…it’s winter, lol.

Goodbye Polly…Hello Quinn

On Friday Winter Storm Polly hit our area.  The weather folks like to pretend they knew this was going to happen.  I’m one of those people who check my weather app several times a day.  I will check it more when a storm is coming so that I may Prepare for it.  When I went to bed Thursday night they were still calling for heavy RAINS and hurricane force winds.  Thursday night did give us all of that but in the mid morning it changed to snow.  It quickly got out of control.  It began with Horizontal sleet that quickly turned to horizontal snow.  By 2 pm the visibility was awful.  The power began to dim on and off.  We were sent home from work as were many, many others.  I took a work mate home and it took me 30 minutes to go 1.5 miles.  The coating to 2″ of snow predicted had turned into 3″ by the time I left and 5″ by the time I got home.  The heavy snow and wind caused massive power outages and dangerous driving conditions.  Trees were uprooted and blocked roads,  crushed cars and buses and shut down the I95 Corridor for trains.

Early in the day.  First came the sleet, high winds and flooding.

The picture above picture of the plow/salt truck was just as the rain had turned to snow.

Ten minutes later the trees and grass was covering with snow.

My twenty-minute commute took an hour and five minutes.  But I made it home.  It was dangerously slippery on the commute home.  Saturday afternoon almost all of the snow was gone and it was warmer and sunny.

The weather folks are calling for Winter Storm Quinn to drop anywhere from 5″-16″.  I feel bad for the folks who still do not have power and are dealing with the reality of facing another big storm.  Be safe out there friends!

Winter’s Mean

We are finally getting a break from the Polar Vortex/Arctic Blast mess from the last two weeks.

Winter is cold but rarely this cold.  It was 5 degrees with a windchill of -7.  This is Pennsylvania…not Minnesota!

We had snow, ice and freezing rain.  I’m pretty sure we have hit every type of precipitation there is to out there.

We even were able to make artwork from the frost that grew on our storm door.  The truth is out there people!  It was so cold that we didn’t go out much at all.  The dogs hated it and so did we.

There was even a snow day.  In Adult that  just translates into work-from-home.  I tried to drive to work but the roads were very dangerous.  It just wasn’t worth it.  My boss thankfully called and said stay home as I was going back home, lol.

One good thing we did discover was the laundry room is long enough to play Cornhole.  It was nice to have an outdoor activity to do indoors, lol.  We had to move the snow shovels and boots but good time had by all!

 

Niko Stopped By

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Nor’Easter Niko stopped by yesterday.  It is extremely cold still and Niko blew most of the snow into one big pile from the gale force winds he was providing.  All in all, it could have been far worse and even though I didn’t get a snow day I got out of work early.  So Yay me!

Tomorrow starts a small warm up.  Come on 47 degrees!!

Winter Time

It’s been a very mild winter thus far in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the US.  I’m not complaining mind you.  It’s not as shocking to the purse because the heat doesn’t come on every 5 seconds and we’ve had sufficient rain so far that this shouldn’t be a drought year.

On Gray days like this I force myself to get out into the open air even if it’s for 15 minutes.  Sometimes this happens…

 

It was an awesome 15 minutes.  I had to go back to work but I went back feeling a little more refreshed.  I do from time to time miss the snow, but today was a pretty nice.

Jonas…Not the Brothers

So Jonas came into our lives on Friday evening and left his white fluff all off the place.
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When faced with these types of natural shut ins I of course stuffed my face and binge watched Netflix.  Unlike this poor bloke.

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Snow or no snow these guys are always at their posts.  This friend is what dedication looks like!

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I dug out some space for the dogs to roam around.  Neither dog was happy with the snow.  It was wet and cold and lets face it…my dogs are princesses.

We dug out on Sunday and headed back to work on Monday.  It was a lot like that time I didn’t win the Powerball.