This winter started early and is hanging on as we enter the middle of February. Since around Thanksgiving ( the holiday that comes just about a month before the official start of “winter”) the northeast part of the U.S. has been experiencing a hard winter. It is now approaching the long, hard winter stage. Though I lived in the western part of the country for about 30 years, I cannot remember a winter as harsh and as long as this one. We had a fair amount of snow starting in November, followed by more snow and very cold temperatures in December. January was harsh, with extended periods of extremely bitter cold as well as considerable amounts of snow accumulations.
At my place, I still have about a foot of snow on the ground. That snow is also completely covered with a thick sheet of ice. Last night when I retired, the weather forecast was up to another 12 inches of snow followed by icy rain. I am loathe to admit it appears that Punxsutawney Phil may have really nailed the prediction this year.
The report that I saw last night around dinner time was that the storm was expected to move in starting around 21:00 hours and continue through tomorrow night, with the heaviest precipitation beginning after midnight, in the wee hours. Fortunately, I am well stocked on food and have no appointments outside of online. I just hope the power does not fail.
I have a small mountain of snow and ice packed at the top of my small driveway. This mountain was kindly created by my neighbor who has the machinery to move the snow when my driveway is covered in the deep white. I am grateful to him and frequently repay his kind gesture of neighborliness with a home cooked meal for he and his two young adult off-spring. So far this year, I think I have cooked them nearly a dozen meals! I don’t mind. Cooking a few meals really beats shoveling snow at six in the morning when I need to get to the barn.
In any case, this small mountain of snow piled in my drive as well as all of the snow and ice throughout the region is going to create a lot of problems when the thaw begins next month. Floods will be a big issue this spring.
Photograph looking out my front door at 14:45 hours Eastern time. This picture helps to give an idea of what this storm has brought thus far. The snow has stopped for the moment, but the forecast indicates there would be lull and then icy rain and a final push of snow before things clear out.
This photo shows the aftermath of the storm.
2/15 @ 18:00 hours. Latest update. A second wave has come in and we received more snow. It snowed most of last night and all of today.
This was a severe weather week with total accumulations at my house of nearly 3 feet (about 1 meter) deep.
There will be a thaw and then forecasts say there is a possibility of ice storms next week.
I dug out of my back door and cleared a path to the BBQ cooker. It can be a handy back-up if the power goes out. I think I will roast a small piece of beef or some pork chops tomorrow.