Okay, Fog-In-August watchers, we have had our first Nor-Easter. Wham. This came after the shot-over-the-bow of 21F, 19F, and 15F mornings a week ago. Then we were lulled into 70F and 60F days Monday and Tuesday. The moist air blew up the coast, pulling down 31F snow from the Great Lakes.
Thanksgiving is coming. We were off to BWI to pick up Linda’s mother for the holiday. Through the woods… Over the hill… Out for a walk in the snow? Well, actually, we made the drive home with only some snowy road delays for the first 2 hours and 55 minutes.
Turning on our lane-and-a-half road for the last 2 miles of state roads, we knew that we would be without plowing this early in the storm. Other vehicles had driven the road, leaving tracks and a hump in the middle. Our Subaru is usually good for up to 8″ of snow. The hump in the middle of the road gave the under-carriage of the car a good cleaning.
When we turned on our dirt road for the last mile, I wondered how well we would float over the accumulation. Someone had driven in and out. On the first turn the back-end of the car began to slide to the downhill side of the curve. Fortunately, there is what we call the “parking space” right before the gate. With some fish-tailing, I got us parked. We stepped out into 10″ to 12″ of wet snow.
Collecting the essentials, we trekked the mile up the road. We followed the tire tracks which brought us to one of the other homeowners, who had gotten out, but could not get up his driveway. The tracks narrowed, but continued up to another homeowner, who said that the started out to work this morning, but then came back because of the number of vehicles off the road. For the last 2/10 of a mile we cut our own path. The 12″ was above mid-calf by now, then to the base of our knees.
Heating up soup and filling the wood stoves was our first task upon arriving home (after greeting the dogs). I then took the snow-blower out to the woodpile, goat barn, garage and tractor. Linda took care of the animals, and brought in some Christmas CD’s, as the winter-wonderland was suitable to start the Christmas season. We had plans to take Thanksgiving dinner to a friend tomorrow. But, we shall postpone this until Friday, after we dig out tomorrow.
Yes, that rule reads 19″ of snow in our driveway. Welcome to Winter!