Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Snow like I've never EVER seen

All last week we heard about this "Super Storm" that was coming...the storm of the season they said...Well we're from Erie County (in PA) and we know about snow, so we weren't worried at all. Friday morning we woke up, kinda laughed about it, and went about getting ready for the day.  I had a hair appt. at 11am, so Fionn and I went and still there was no snow.  As we were getting ready to leave around 1pm, it started.  And boy did it snow...I mean like CHUNKS were falling from the sky, not flakes.  We ran a couple of errands, then headed to meet Maggie's bus.  By the time we got back to the house at 2:30 everything was already covered.  To my AMAZEMENT, there was a big box on the front porch waiting...it was my new D7.  I was so excited when I called Greg he thought I wrecked the truck.  I had just bought it on Wednesday and couldn't believe how fast it got here.  (thank goodness it did, otherwise it may just now have gotten here)  So as the batteries charged up, we watched the snow come down...
This is the post on our front porch, which is under cover.

Like I said, snow doesn't make it nervous. USUALLY.
We had friends driving down from Erie.  I told her she was either brave or crazy...she chose brave.  It's a two hour drive.  It took her 4.5 hours to get here.  And she only made it 98% of the way.  She got stuck down by Maggie's school and Greg had to go get her and her son and she had to leave her car in the parking lot of CVS.  Things were CRAZY here overnight Friday night.  We were lucky enough to only lose power for a couple hours, some people STILL do not have it restored.  
 
This is the neighbors car at 6am.  And that is our road.  yeah.  Not kidding.

 
This is Greg trying to get the Yukon out of our PARKING SPOT.  For the THIRD time.

 
We got out of our parking spot.  We made it ONE house up.  The Yukon was plowing the snow...
We gave up and Greg called work to let them know that there was no way we could even get down our street...they told him to keep trying.  Nice huh.  That's what happens when you work for the Government and you're a nurse.  I went back in the house and tried to get out back to see how much snow we had out there.  I couldn't hardly get the backdoor open, but when I did, this is what I found.  This is the playhouse at 7am.  The snow wasn't finished yet.
 
The dog needed to go for a walk, so we attempted to walk him...Good thing he was on a leash, because he needed help to get through.  he was pretty excited about the tire tracks we made for him that morning though.  They were the ONLY tracks on our street.  This is Greg standing next to our neighbor "L" car.  Yep, that was not a pile of snow, that's how much fell in less than 24 hours.  

 
Greg decided to entertain B&L by diving backwards down their front hill.  It usually is more of a slope, but with all the snow, it made it a hill.  

 
Oh yeah, my husbands crazy, but he cracks us all up!  

 
The poor dog didn't want to try to walk anymore.  We got him and carried him home.  

 
The kids and I (and our guests) all laid down for a nap.  Greg still felt horrible about the people stuck at work, and while we were napping he went out and shoveled THE ROAD so that he could attempt to make it down the street.  One of the neighbors with a big Explorer met him half way and we cleared the street between our houses.  It was enough to give a running start to make it out.  Just our block wasn't plowed(thanks City of Pittsburgh) but then again, it wasn't plowed until Monday afternoon.  Pittsburgh was, and still is, under a State of Emergency, and our kids have been off school all week.  School is even canceled for tomorrow already.
What was plowed is now covered again, and it's still snowing.  It sure is pretty, but wow is it destructive.  Some people STILL do not have power from the first storm that hit on Friday, and this is just like a slap in the face after the first storm.  We're actually under white out conditions now, and things do not look to improve anytime soon.  The weather just predicted more snow by Sunday.  Oh my.  I know we live in Pennsylvania, but here in Pittsburgh, we do NOT get that much snow.  A couple inches here and there, but nothing substantial.  Our city has been crippled by the snow.

 
So when it was all done and over on Saturday, this was our final picture of how much snow we got.  The street started digging out, and is still continuing to do so.  It's still a mess.  We took the kids out Monday evening to play in it, and that lasted all of fifteen minutes.  It was just too cold.  
I'll post more of those pictures later, and NEW snow ones.
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1 wonderful people say::

Amanda said...

Wow is all I can say...oh, and PLEASE don't let that kind of weather come to where I live! What a winter this has been...I think it has been "the worst ever" everywhere!

Hope that snow melts before I get there May 29!
:o)Amanda