Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Blizzard of February 8-9,2013

Blizzard 2.10.2013 leaning spruce 27

This snowstorm/blizzard was the first time in a long time. We were well prepared..lots of batteries, lanterns and flashlights, food.

Friday it snowed lightly all day long, a wet snow and it didn't accumulate much until suppertime. Then the snow fell faster and mounted up. We lost our power for about 20 minutes, but then thankfully the power came back on and stayed on thru the rest of the storm. The main roads were kept cleaned but the side/back roads were full of snowy ruts, downed wires, and trees. Many surrounding towns still have no power or phone service. Home temps inside were 40 degrees..not fun. Like I wrote..so thankful our power stayed on.

Blizzard 2.10.2013 29 inches of snow 2629 inches of snow

Blizzard 2.9.2013 taken from kitchen door icy snow on window13taken thru the kitchen storm door Saturday. As you can see the snow was very wet.

Blizzard 2.9.2013 taken from kitchen door icy snow on window12

We did lose our phone service/internet/cable TV around 12:30 Friday night, and it only came back on at 8 this morning.

The snow was very wet and heavy so we did lose a couple of big branches from the trees in our yard. The snow was so high on the kitchen steps we couldn't open the door to get out. We did manage to get outside thru the kitchen slider, but before the storm ended I opened the slider and took pictures of the back yard.

We lost a big limb off of a tall spruce tree that we planted from a 6 inch seedling that my dad gave us in 1974.

 Blizzard 2.9.2013 taken from back door split spruce tree12Blizzard 2.10.2013 back yard broken limb clsup16Blizzard 2.10.2013 back yard broken limb 15the broken limb..that made me sad

Blizzard 2.9.2013 taken from back door clup tomato cages10Tom's tomato cages covered in snow...waiting for spring and planting time

Blizzard 2.9.2013 taken from back door tomato cages10

Blizzard 2.9.2013 taken from back door camper11side yard

Blizzard 2.9.2013 bird house w iciclesBlizzard 2.10.2013 snow covered bird house 22

bird house covered in snow with icicles hanging from back deck. Lots of birds were at my feeders after I went out and knocked the ice that had coated all of them.

Blizzard 2.10.2013 front yard red breasted nuthatch on suet17red breasted nuthatch on suet feeder

Blizzard 2.9.2013 back yard hydrangea covered 15this snow covered hydrangea had leaf buds that had appeared in December from all of the crazy warm weather we had...frosted and frozen now.

Blizzard 2.9.2013 taken from window front yard1couldn't open the kitchen door...so I opened a bedroom window and took some pictures of the front yard. Ice covered the front of the house.

Blizzard 2.9.2013 taken from window front yard3mountain ash heavy and touching the ground from icy snow. I hang my bird feeders from this tree.

Blizzard 2.9.2013 taken from window front yard2view from my window

Blizzard 2.9.2013 taken from window front yard4

Blizzard 2.9.2013 taken from window front yard5normally I can walk without bending under the branches of the huge spruce tree in the front yard. The lowest branches were so heavy with icy snow they were touching the ground.

Blizzard 2.10.2013 leaning spruce19 hope when all the icy snow is melted off the spruce will straighten back up.

Blizzard 2.10.2013 leaning spruce 27 leaning spruce

Blizzard 2.10.2013 front yard leaning spruce16huge spruce in front yard is usually straight and tall, but with the weight of the snow the tree was leaning towards the street. Made me nervous that it would break or become uprooted.

Blizzard 2.9.2013 taken from window front yard6branches from rose of sharon  in front of the picture window

                        Blizzard 2.10.2013 sied yard broken limb20 another broken limb..pine tree

Blizzard 2.10.2013 snow covered bare branches21  bare branches of apple tree covered in icy snow. We lost a branch off this apple tree.

Blizzard 2.11.2013 car in driveway covered in snow21before our driveway got shoveled and plowed out. I tramped thru the snow to get to the bird feeders and sunk to my knees in snow...not fun

Blizzard 2.10.2013 front yard cars in driveway frnt yrd18Monday morning...front yard

We had crazy weather...Friday wet snow thru late Saturday afternoon, Sunday was sunny, Monday (yesterday) it rained all day so there was some melting. Today (Tuesday) it is sunny again. This weekend they are predicting another 3-6 inches of snow. I will be so glad when spring comes, and I am so looking forward to going back to Florida in March.


p.s....this afternoon was the first time I was able to get out. I tried driving to my parents on Sunday but I didn't get far...downed power and cable lines, and uprooted and huge broken trees were blocking roads.

After lunch I tried again and was able to get thru. I couldn't believe the number of uprooted and sheared off trees in some parts of Middleboro. My sister in law just got her power back late this afternoon. My parents still have no power, but are able to have heat and lights by running 2 generators.

Blizzard 2.12.2013 uprooted tree on U Einos land2 uprooted pine trees. Most of the downed trees were huge pines. The heavy ice/snow and high winds was just too much for these old trees.

Blizzard 2.12.2013 uprooted tree on U Einos land

Blizzard 2.12.2013 split tree on france st sheared off Blizzard 2.12.2013 turkeys in yard2 just a few of a huge flock of turkeys that were looking for food across from my parents. So hard on the animals with all the snow on the ground. There are usually 22 turkeys in this flock.


PeggyR said...

So glad you "weathered" the storm.

Joanne Huffman said...

This reminds me of the blizzard of 1978. Great photos, though.

Nancy B said...

Oh my! Makes me glad that we've only had one snow this Winter so far and it was gone by the next day!