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Big blizzard heading my way!

Posted by tobr24u z6 RI (My Page) on
Fri, Feb 8, 13 at 5:06

Over two feet of snow possible! Surely I'll be in your thoughts and prayers...


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stay safe you old curmudgeon, You know how much I would miss you if you got buried under 2 feet of snow. I dont want to have to come overthere to dig you out !!


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I'll think about you, Tobr, but that's as far as I'll go. ;-)

Actually, I think a couple of areas were due to get nasty weather. Our rain was supposed to turn into ice, then snow... when early morning sheds a bit of light, I'll take a peek and see what actually came down.


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lovely balmy evening over here guess you dont want to hear about that ?


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This is no country for sooks...


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75 here today Richard, you know I love ya, wouldn't wanna be ya! But stay safe.


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The yard light shows a dry sidewalk and no snow... so I'm assuming the rain stopped sometime during the night, and did not turn into the ice and snow we were expecting.

And how is today's weather by you?


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We are in the waiting and anticipating stage. The skies look heavy...


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  • Posted by ohiomom 3rdrockfromthesun (My Page) on
    Fri, Feb 8, 13 at 7:45

Cold rain, turning to light snow later ... getting ready to make my trip across the river to work.

Stay warm and safe those of you east of us.


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Just rain down here in the mid-Atlantic, but we are watching the weather farther north - and breathing a big sigh of relief that it's you and not us getting clobbered.

You all are used to it, you live in New England, renowned for snowy winters!! Why, my father, who grew up in Portland, had to walk to school in two feet of snow, summer and winter, up hill both ways! And my mother, who grew up in Boston, had to do the same, and there was molasses mixed in with that snow!

I hope you have enough milk, bread, eggs and toilet paper.

Good luck and we'll be sending warm thoughts you way.


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And all this time, I thought y'all were equipped for this tobr!

All kidding aside, the Northeast is on my mind and in my heart today. I'm holding my breath! I hope the frail elderly (those that don't drive and could get hurt should they venture out in the ice) and infirmed have people who are paying extra special attention to them to make sure they stay safe in all of this. Take care!


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Well, weather.com is raving about this storm, it's called Nemo (Nemo??) and is going to encompass the entire northeast US. Boston and the southeast coastline are at the center, with possible snowfall up to 30 inches. It will also have high winds, with gusts up to 70 MPH, and possible tree/structure damage, power outages, and coastal flooding. The regional radar does look ominous, like we are going to be sandwiched between 2 areas of precipitation, one coming from the west/northwest and one from the south.

Nemo is going to break our "Two-Year Megalopolis Snow Drought" (where do they come up with this stuff?? No wonder I read mostly Weather Underground). I guess it will give the meteorologists and weather buffs the adrenaline rush they seem to thrive on.

They are saying it "has the potential to be a top 10 snowstorm all-time in Boston!" The mayor of Boston and all the towns in metro-west have cancelled school, even though snow is supposed to be light today. My town rarely does this type of thing.

Ugh, after the winter 2 years ago, when we received 7 feet of snow in 6 weeks, I bought a used snow blower, but have not had the occasion to use it yet (I still shovel, mostly). This storm it will get used, methinks.

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Now the accumulation is predicted to be up to 3 feet with 75 mph winds and it has already started! They are bringing electric crews from Oklahoma to help! The good news is that after some previous serious storms all concerned have learned to deal with them better and we have better technology. My new snow broom is on high alert...


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I thought I might get stuck with 5 snowblowers and 3 snowmobiles until next year.

Sold them all yesterday due to the snow forecast and tax refunds.


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Be careful and stay warm and safe Tobr. Might be a good time to pull out those fur lined manties.


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  • Posted by kwoods Cold z7 Long Is (My Page) on
    Fri, Feb 8, 13 at 9:57

Ugh... glad I have a roof over my head, literally.

The wind picked up and blew open/off the roof over my bedroom, 6' above my pillow, last thurs morning at 3:00am. Made a series of noises I had no idea existed and could not have imagined were possible, quite spectacular actually. We had 65mph winds with horizontal rain. Apparently Sandy had done some initial damage that went undetected. Got up there and replaced the damaged sheathing myself fri morning, roofer came mon and replaced the drip edge and torch-down roofing that had peeled all the way off and flew away on a handshake BEFORE BEING PAID A DIME... said "No problem KWoods, you need a roof before bad weather hits. I'll do the work and you pay me as soon as you can.". Had never done business w/ this guy before but knew his brothers growing up... Who does that?

Anyway, expecting anywhere between 12" and 20" by 2mrrw afternoon and high winds... we're right on the rain/snow line. Feeling fortunate to have a roof and a warm family. Makes me think of those who don't. Glad that there are good people on this earth that look out for one another when they need a little help.


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Speaking of handshake deals, I've done literally thousands of handshake pay-me-when-you-can deals in my lifetime. I don't do as many currently as I've had a massive increase in the number of people that haven't even attempted to repay me whether payment was in cash, labor etc.

That said, most of the handshake no collateral deals I do these days are referrals from business associates and long term customers than can vouch for the referral customers.

Most repay me eventually, although some take well over a year.


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Don't forget to put on your thermal manties! It's raining here non of the Broadway or off Broadway shows have plans to close. YET! Going to be fun today telling tourists who want to cancel THE SHOW MUST GO ON!


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  • Posted by vgkg 7-Va Tidewater (My Page) on
    Fri, Feb 8, 13 at 10:24

Hope you stocked up on sugar and deodorant! And be sure to do your laundry, don't want those manties to pile up on you when the power goes out....unless of course you lose heat too.

With the combination of Nor'easter winds & a lunar high tide it will be rough going for coastal folks again.


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I am on the east coast but we are only getting rain.

Stay safe tobr. Go to the grocery store and stock up. Everytime we get a perdiction of a big snow storm everybody runs to the grocery store and buy milk and toilet paper. I never understood that but that is what they buy.


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Are the building codes for roofs engineered to withstand 20 inches of wet snow?

Our rural, conservative county holds dear to their hearts the concept that building codes are Socialist. So we get to see guys build stuff the way grandpappy built stuff - garages on 4' centers with nearly flat roofs being a classic. And then, we get a storm like this with wet snow followed by rain, and, well, the inevitable occurs.


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  • Posted by kwoods Cold z7 Long Is (My Page) on
    Fri, Feb 8, 13 at 10:48

Long gas lines and stations running out of fuel here on Long Island. PSTSD, Post Sandy Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Drama.


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Wow, that's a bad combination of wind and snow load if it comes true. Of course, I hope everyone in the path of the storm can find cover and stay safe.

Here in Detroit, they hyped up the storm that passed through last night, I think it's the same system or part of it, but frankly, it wasn't that big of a deal, about 3 inches of wet snow, no big deal. Roads were mostly just snowy to just wet this morning, just slowing down a little bit was all that was needed. Honestly, if you live in Michigan and freak out over 3 inches of snow, you probably better move to Florida.

It's the media that over-hypes it, especially the local media, who send field reporters out ahead of almost every semi-significant weather event, where you see the same thing, time and again - reporter at grocery store talking about people buying milk and bread, reporter at gas station, reporter along freeway, reporter interviewing Road Commission workers, etc. And, then, the meterologist pulls it all together with the dire warning maps that scream "Danger, Will Robinson". And yet, we somehow survive three inches of snow. Amazing, isn't it.

Now, 3 feet and 75 mph winds, that's a serious storm.


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and they all wear LLBean blue parkas.

...... and now back to you in the studio, Brittany


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Are the building codes for roofs engineered to withstand 20 inches of wet snow?

Our rural, conservative county holds dear to their hearts the concept that building codes are Socialist. So we get to see guys build stuff the way grandpappy built stuff - garages on 4' centers with nearly flat roofs being a classic. And then, we get a storm like this with wet snow followed by rain, and, well, the inevitable occurs.

Back in the day, many homeowners and landlords with weaker/flatter roofs were much better at maintaining them, however these days many don't bother to shovel them since it takes time, effort or money.

If the economy ever picks up in some regions, roofers will stay busy for years!!!


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  • Posted by kwoods Cold z7 Long Is (My Page) on
    Fri, Feb 8, 13 at 11:37

Roofers here have been overwhelmed since Sandy.... they usually just put on an "emergency tarp", line up a bunch of jobs and go back to them one by one as the insurance checks come in. The only reason I was able to get mine done was because I have a flat roof which is unusual on residential housing here.... there was a small amount of snow/wind and they won't work on sloped roofs in those conditions... I was "lucky".


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Flannel manties are in order.

Everyone stay safe and warm.


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I put a Miller mobile home furnace roof jack on a doublewide a couple weeks ago with a major sag in the 3/12 roof with 3 layers of shingles.

The next wet snow may be the straw that breaks the camel's back so to speak.

I know the customer is too cheap to have the roof raked/shoveled. I certainly wouldn't walk on the roof to shovel it.


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We're getting that storm here right now.

Just came in from shovelling about 20 cm of snow and it's still falling. It's not much snow, but every inch that falls on the ground is one inch further away from gardening.

*sigh*

Let's hope for an early spring.


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Are the building codes for roofs engineered to withstand 20 inches of wet snow?

My roof (main house built in 1964 + addition built in 1991) can hold 24 inches of wet snow and that is no doubt the case for most residential construction in this area. However there were scattered roof collapses in the area during the winter of 2010-11, most that I heard of were commercial properties, like warehouses and a supermarket.

This was January 2011 - the roof may not have collapsed, but I did have 4 leaks due to ice dams.


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Absolutely nada here in PA. No snow, sleet, wind or rain.I'm walking the dogs early before anything does show up.


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  • Posted by RpR_ 3-4 (My Page) on
    Fri, Feb 8, 13 at 14:41

They are babbling about a supposed "bad" snow storm that is supposed to hit Minn. but nowadays, up here, what the talking news heads consider a "bad storm" used to be just an average winter storm.

It gets hard to find, on the weather nes, what the actually temperature is as they are having fits about wind-chill this, wind-chill that etc.

We need it badly though, or come June the farmers will be in a world of hurt.


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Now we've hit about 2 feet of snow. We've kept the driveway clear because we have a hockey game to get to first thing tomorrow morning.

It's not that cold out, nice weather for shovelling. There was a snowmobile out on the street earlier but that was a bit of overkill. Roads are being kept clear so it's fine.


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Radar shows a big storm swirling up the east coast... so batten down those hatches, people!

We seem to be in the clear storm-wise, here in the Midwest... though it is cloudy.


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Bad timing on my part. No precipitation when I started out walking the dogs, then it sleeted which turned to freezing rain, and now when we got home , it's snowing. Dogs hate me.


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Looks like we're in for 2-3 days of snow here as well. Welcome news for this corner of Colorado, the rest of the state is still pretty far down on snowpack.

Now if we can get through the spring without warm, windy weather, we can have a decent runoff and fill the dams.


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What the Nor'Easter looks like from space:


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What it looks like from my backyard


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Impressive satellite pic there! It's almost artistic looking.

I just came in from shoveling the driveway for the first time - about 4 inches. I will probably shovel one more time before going to bed, and then do the snow blower when it's all over tomorrow.

Yes HG, I would say you are a few inches away from gardening, lol!


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Yes HG, I would say you are a few inches away from gardening, lol!

What's most disheartening is last night when we went to bed, there was only as dusting of snow. We could see the grass, we could see the garlic poking up through the snow.

I have to keep reminding myself that it's only February, I have to expect snow.

On another note: There are a couple of idiots out there pulling a GT snowracer behind a truck up and down the street. Disaster waiting to happen. I was in the midst of thinking that there must be beer involved when sure enough, the guy on the Snowracer lifted the beercan to his lips.

Morons.


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Ah, pulling a sled-like thing behind a truck - going, say, 30 mph. What could possibly go wrong?


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Well, they seem to have disappeared down a sidestreet. Hopefully they have come to their senses...


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  • Posted by ohiomom 3rdrockfromthesun (My Page) on
    Fri, Feb 8, 13 at 17:44

Very little snow here in the city by the lake, winds are a little high ... and the temps dropped about 20 degrees since this morning. Rain turned to sleet and then light snow .. driving home from work was an adventure on not "slip sliding away".


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HG: We've kept the driveway clear because we have a hockey game to get to first thing tomorrow morning.

This is the difference between your area and mine (central NJ). Before it started snowing today, my son's basketball game tomorrow was already cancelled. Not that I mind. Sleeping in and having DH make waffles instead of getting up early and rushing around to get to game sounds very good to me.

Sleeting for several hours today. A couple inches of slushy ice on roads. Switched over to snow an hour or two ago. Expected to get 4-10 inches.


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Around here we call snow "white gold". But not only do we welcome it, we're always prepared for it. Growing up in Chicago, I remember that it was very inconvenient; good luck to the city dwellers here on HT.


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Some slush about an inch on the window sill nasty wind gusts sparse stinging icy snow.


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Kinda looking forward to this. We've only had one other decent storm this year, and that was only about 10". The day before that storm, though, my son and I won an auction for a back hoe bucket loader from the town, and we haven't had a chance to play with it since!! We're not getting as much as you, tobr-- between 18-24"-- but I'm gonna have some fun tomorrow afternoon or sunday!

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Oh dear, Bill ;0

DH is mesmerized by your photo...he's wanted a baby backhoe for some time now. He's got a snowplow and a big red tractor, but his kingdom for a backhoe! I can just imagine what he would do to the property if he got his hands on one of those things.

It is very cute, I must say ;)


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  • Posted by kwoods Cold z7 Long Is (My Page) on
    Fri, Feb 8, 13 at 20:53

8 or 9 inches so far. Faster moving than predicted so hopefully less snow. For a while this afternoon it seemed like it was raining everywhere on Long Island but here, we got snow all day very little rain. Left work early, snow was a convenient excuse. Wind not bad so far, some small outages in the area that seem to have been restored. So far so good. I can understand if people here are overreacting. Sandy caught many off guard. High tide 10:10pm.

Daughter's basketball tomorrow at Gaucho's Gym in the Bronx will be a game time decision... driveway clear but looking forward to being "snowed in" tomorrow.


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That's no baby. It's not a 5 yard payloader, but it's a full size backhoe-- a Case 580C. It's sweet when the snow piles up during the winter. Not last year, but the three years prior I had to pay a guy, twice each year, 200.00 a pop to come over and move the snow back with one of these, because it was getting too high for the snowblower to toss over. That's history! No more payin, and no more snowblower!!


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Sandy caught many off guard.

THOSE are the people I'm worried about. My youngest sister lives in East Haven, Ct. (on the shoreline for those not familiar). I was just talking to her on FB and she's saying they're getting walloped down there right now. Alot of places along the south side of Long Island that haven't been able to repair the breakwaters yet, and between the high tide storm surge tonight, and expected hurricane strength winds, they're in deep serious trouble. They're the ones we should be praying for tonight.


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  • Posted by kwoods Cold z7 Long Is (My Page) on
    Fri, Feb 8, 13 at 21:13

South Shore has been lucky in that they got mostly rain up 'til now. Friends in Baldwin Harbor and Long Beach have power. Wind isn't too bad so far either. Shoreline's been softened, dunes, sand gone etc.. Any storm from here on out will be problematic for them until the beaches replenish... full moon high tides are even a little dicey.


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Just heard from a couple who adopted one of my Labradoodles in western MA. They say they have gale force winds and steady snow. Enforced snow day today, too. They're hunkered down in front of the wood stove and enjoying the storm (so far). I'm glad they're not making the trip to WI this weekend instead of 2 weeks ago!


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Absolutely nothing here. Turns out the hour I walked the dogs was the only precip we got...sleet, freezing rain ,and a dusting of snow. I'm bummed. I wanted snow. We have had next to none this year and none last year. We're already in a deficit.


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More than 18 inches so far. Can't see across the street, white out is so bad.

Hubby has had to shovel the drifting snow off both front and back stoop 3 times since 8PM, as it was all but preventing us from being able to open the doors and by morning would be needing someone from outside to shovel both stoops to get out.

Temps only 18 degrees.

News reports and power companies are showing that the majority of the cape is without power, and the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant shut down because they lost power. supposedly all is safe though, but increasing problems for power outages.

flooding been some problems at high tide friday night along the coast, but expected to be very bad saturday morning high tide.

Winds are at least gale force to tropical storm force, and sometimes sounds like near hurricane.

Can't see much of anything out there, but neighbor thinks a tree is down in her back yard.

So far still have power, but lights keep flickering, and none of us can sleep in the neighborhood because the wind is so loud.

I'm well inland, not far from the NH border, can't even begin to imagine what the winds are like along the coast.

We keep calling around to make sure everyone is OK, especially several elderly neighbors, in their 80's and living alone.

Temps only in the mid teens, so at least the snow weight will be powdery, but one heck of a lot of it to move.

Gasoline in it's can, snowblower ready to go, just the bodies to run it, not too eager to get out their and freeze doing it.


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Bill: Not to pee on your cheerios, but that backhoe was not designed for plowing snow. That machine was primarily designed for digging deep trenches. It is awkward as hell to drive around and does not have the traction, the speed or the maneuverability to do the job.

Sell it and get a little Bobcat. It's all you need unless you are excavating.


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I just saw it reported that Connecticut has had 38 inches of snow! Unbelievable.

I hope all our northeastern friends are safe and warm.


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All over here except for wind which makes it feel like 15. We finally got winter in February.


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Pretty bad up here on the coast in Portland ME. We have over 3 feet of snow and counting, and the winds were very strong last night, howling and screaming like some Dickens novel. And it just started snowing more heavily again.

We won't be leaving the house much for the next 24 hours, unless it's via the windows. Here's our back door (red door on the right of photo), totally snowed in:


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Wow. I can't believe I almost relocated to New England rather than to SC just 2 years ago. I should have remembered that I had my fill of snow when I lived in Boston and in PA decades ago. Stay safe, everyone, and I hope you don't lose power.... Here, it's a balmy 55 degrees.


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  • Posted by ohiomom 3rdrockfromthesun (My Page) on
    Sat, Feb 9, 13 at 11:45

Wow is right, we have ice and it is chilly but little snow ... stay safe and warm CP and others.

Anyone heard from Maggie?


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"Sell it and get a little Bobcat. It's all you need unless you are excavating."

My idea: Buy a bobcat-type gizmo and add it to the fleet ;D


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I wondered about Maggie too. WOW! , CP. That's a lot of snow but beautiful to look at. We got virtually nothing, were at the cutoff of precip. Northern PA got it, but nothing like NE.


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And yet, just an hour away from Circuspeanut, I only have about 14" on my driveway. It's all about how close to the shore you are up here. The closer to the shore you are, the higher the snowfall, with one exception-- the town next over from CP, as of 7 am, had the second highest snowfall total for all of New England, the most being recorded by Hamden, Connecticut.

Now, you want to seee a real idjit???

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yes that is a motorcycle in the blizard of 2013. and I thought I was crazy. this picture was taken on Interstate 93 in Concord New Hampshire. and yes those are skis on the back of the motorcycle. it takes all kinds to make the world go round and round!!!


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Bill: Not to pee on your cheerios, but that backhoe was not designed for plowing snow. That machine was primarily designed for digging deep trenches. It is awkward as hell to drive around and does not have the traction, the speed or the maneuverability to do the job.

Sell it and get a little Bobcat. It's all you need unless you are excavating.

Heri-- we DID buy it for excavating. I'll be digging new leech beds for the septic system this summer, as well as redoing my driveway, and my son's got some work to do with it at his house as well. As for snow, um..... I don't use the back hoe for plowing. The loader has a gravity down "feature" to it so it CAN be used as a plow. Unfortunately, it can't be angled (but then again neither can a bobcat's loader bucket), but it works just like an oversized bobcat. Trust me-- it does the job.


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We ended up with none of the snow or ice seen elsewhere, though our temperatures have dropped and it's remained cloudy. While we really could use the precipitation in snow form, I'm hopeful of an early spring. I can barely tolerate these colder months.

I do hope everyone weathered the storm well... or weathers it, if it hasn't passed quite yet. I haven't looked at the nation's weather as of recently.


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Well, I went out last night about 10 pm to "shovel" again, only to find over a foot on parts of the driveway (due to wind drifts). Nix the shoveling idea!!

So I pulled out the new/old snowblower (it's a 25 year old Toro) to use for the first time - started right up and works like a champ! However, the wind was ridiculous! The snow was blowing all over the place, regardless of where the snowblower was sending it.

I think we got about 18 inches here, but the wind has blown it more or less all over the place. The driveway has 2 feet in some places, 6 inches in other. The deck has almost 3 feet of snow on it, some of that has been blown off the roof (see photo above).

I'm waiting until the wind dies down to do the final cleanup! Here's my deck from the kitchen slider.


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Just wanted to add that I'm a little disappointed in this snowstorm. It's not a "pretty" snowfall, haha. The wind has blown all the snow off the evergreens! Not gonna get many photo ops with this one.


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Serious question here. For those of you who have feet of snow piled up at your doors...How do your dogs go to the toilet?

BTW Richard is snowed in bigtime!


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How do your dogs go to the toilet?

Toss 'em out the window.


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How do your dogs go to the toilet?

Two years ago we got 2 feet of snow I went out and shoveled a path and a little area in the yard. I said go potty and she squats and runs back to the front door.


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Mine just uses the toilet. Now, if I could only get him to learn to flush......


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but hammy what if they sink in past their noses?
marquest I would be running back to the front door too!


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but hammy what if they sink in past their noses?

Not likely if we're talking about a real dog.

If it's one of those purse puppies, you know, the yappy little things that get carried around instead of walking, well it's probably a mercy for them anyway. ;)


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  • Posted by ohiomom 3rdrockfromthesun (My Page) on
    Sat, Feb 9, 13 at 19:13

The last big snow we had, the little "ankle biters" my neighbor has (three of them) were outside jumping in the drifts over their heads and popping back up. I stood in the kitchen window with my hot coffee and enjoyed the show. The owner was trying to keep them on the shoveled sidewalk, but they were having none of that. When she brought them in they looked like little snowballs. :)


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Never had a dog that didn't enjoy a good romp in the deep snow... until now. Our current house dog prefers dry feet, and isn't crazy about the cold weather. Go figure.


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Jodi-- both ine and my son's dogs are the same way. My son's dog's teeth could be floating and if it's raining, he'll hold it. But as for the snow, they BOTH love going out in it. Lukas will use that big ol snout of his to root thru and plow the snow!


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If you look closely, you can see the abrupt U-turn my cat made on the front porch when it dawned on him that snow is actually just water in disguise:


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LOL! at the peanut cat.

I can't say that I would have done much better.


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Ah those footprints are so cute!


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marquest I would be running back to the front door too!

You are funny.

She does not enjoy running around in that much snow. She hates rain more than snow. I have to kick her outside if it is raining.


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circuspeanut, that is very funny.

Today's local news had a story about a dachshund that got stuck in a snowbank and had to be "rescued". When they pulled him out he had a little hat and booties on and he looked miserable. We weren't sure if it was from the snow or his wardrobe.


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lol, about the Dachshund. I'd love to see pictures. That's why I was wishing for some snow to see my little shorty fall in a drift. He loves the snow.


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LOL, people!

As you probably know from previous conversations, the few cats here are barn cats, and I'm allergic.. but the pair of females are currently holed up in the heated garage, if that tells you anything! They really don't care for winter... much like me and my current dog!

The other animals here don't seem to mind a bit... again, go figure!


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