More Snow Photos

At about quarter to one yesterday, nearly 24 hours after the snow had started falling, mom and I finally stepped outside with the shovel to deal with the issue of snow on the walk.  Unfortunately, it had accumulated quite a bit by that time.

2016-1-23 Outside the door

At that point, we had to face the serious possibility we might be trapped inside the house.  Thankfully, there were a pair of guys driving around the neighborhood offering to shovel everyone’s walks for money, so we got them to do ours.  After they were done, we headed out to assess the condition of the car and take some more photos.

Enough snow had fallen on the trees that one of them had serious trouble staying up:

2016-1-23 Tree weighed down

Our own small Japanese maple was nearly buried:

2016-1-23 Tree and car

The guys had been able to drive around because there was a trench dug on the road, enough for a single car to go through at a time, though had there been two cars on the road trying to go in different directions at the same time, there might have been trouble:

2016-1-23 The road

Before retreating inside again due to the cold, I snapped one last picture of the snow still falling in front of the porch.

2016-1-23 Snow still falling

Later in the day, when the storm got fierce again, I snapped a photo through my window:

2016-1-23 Outside the window

This morning, we woke to find the blizzard had finally passed over.  I took another photo of the final accumulation in the backyard:

2016-1-24 At Dawn

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9 thoughts on “More Snow Photos

  1. Very effective, making the point, and some pretty too I should say a lot of the danger was man-made. No money or effort spent two days previous; none during the early phases of the storm, and hardly anything this morning. No pressure put on electricity companies to improve their act yet more (they have done good improvement in the last 10 years due to the use of modern computers), no pressure on the Metro which simply shut down for days.

    Much of the danger was not inevitable. While it may be the worst in a couple of decades, it is by no means unprecedented and what’s dangerous where I live and further south and in the west, is the local authorities do nothing about it until the storm is over; here in Virginia they will now _slowly_ because they refuse to hire enough people or machines — clean the roads, but there will be no pressure on the electricity companies to begin putting wires underground and none on Metro to improve public transportation. On Friday Alexandria buses simply stopped running well before the storm started. Rousseau said the huge deaths in Lisbon during the earthquake were from human arrangements and the lack of these far more than the eathquake.

    I remembered on face-book how in 1978 over the same span there were several snow and ice storms and people did not get hysterical; the city in the 1970s (so often maligned in the 1970s and talked about as if the 1970s were this terrible bankrupt era) was out cleaning the roads continually. 38 years ago Caroline I call her (in her blog she’s anibundel) my older daughter, Izzy’s sister was born 1/25. She was born between ice storms and snow: NYC didn’t get excited. My husband went out the night before I went into labor to dig our our Volkswagon bug (remember them?); that day he drove it and me down to 2nd avenue lower Manhattan where Beth Israel hospital is, left the car in the middle of the street (it was snowing) and in the wee hours went out and parked it, and then much later that morning drove back to the top of Manhattan where we lived (under the Cloisters); and after another ice storm that night, dug out again and drove downtown again .

    I did not say what happened in that hospital … What if on top of this we hadn’t been able to reach the hospital. In the DC area today I’d have had to go to the hospital ahead of time and paid huge sums …

  2. Thank you for reporting, Izzy. This is really impressive for people in South-Western France, close to Bordeaux. If we have even less than one inch of snow (on bad years), everything stops and closes. Therefore, we should not know what to do with all this snow!
    I like your pictures. 🙂

  3. Thanks for posting the blog, Izzy. It’s good to know you are both safe. This hysteria is strange isn’t it. The same thing happens here, however, local councils are responsible for snow clearance here and as soon as ice or snow is forecast, they send the gritter vehicles out to treat the roads with grit/salt. They also put the snowploughs on alert.

    Clare

  4. Pingback: Blizzard memories, pictures: a diary … | Under the Sign of Sylvia II

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