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Title: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: Tai on February 06, 2013, 10:35:07 PM
Gearing up for 1-3 feet of snow here (at least one computer model puts 38" in my area, and every model I have seen so far has my city getting at least 2 feet of snow. 

For me, I have to be ready today since I leave on business tomorrow morning to return late Friday (aka, in the middle of the storm, so parking will be... fun.  Driving shouldn't be TOO bad, since I will be driving all highways and main roads before the forcasted heart of the storm.  I've still allotted myself 5 hours for the drive home, though. 

We're pretty well set- batteries and backups charged, candles and flashlights ready, icemelt and shovels stocked.  Food is never a problem at my house, and I pulled out the sternos in case we lose power so we can heat up all the canned stuff without blowing up the house...

DH has his go-bag packed in case his hospital doesn't let him leave, and if he can, he'll still appreciate the extra socks and pants.

As far as my car, that's packed up too.  A couple more jugs of washer fluid, blankets, emergency kit, and the thermos that I'll fill just before I leave.  My best tip for digging out a vehicle- bring your snow brushes inside before the storm, and have a spray bottle with vinegar and water to melt ice.  I also know where all to find a hotel room all along my route home, just in case. 

Most importantly, I've saved a few sport-top bottles to let the kids "write" in the snow with food coloring. 

Anyone else out there gearing up with me?

 
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: Slartibartfast on February 06, 2013, 11:04:53 PM
Is it sad that I opened this thread expecting it to be about a sudden concentration of special-snowflake-type individuals in the New England region?   ;D

Stay safe!
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: Thipu1 on February 07, 2013, 07:42:44 AM
Here in NYC, we're looking forward to about 8 inches.  We'll be making an emergency run today for the necessities...wine and ice cream.  We'll also be getting bread, eggs and milk.  After all, everyone knows that the way to survive a big snow storm is to make French toast. 
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: Browyn on February 07, 2013, 07:47:59 AM
We are in northeast Rhode Island (just over the Massachusetts border) and we are expecting 12 inches +

Every time I check the forcast it gets worse.

I am finding Nemo (the name of the storm) to be a PITA.   >:(
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: Two Ravens on February 07, 2013, 08:01:06 AM
I am in coastal Rhode Island's and I really hope that the system shifts and we just get rain. This is happened many times before with big forecasts.

The media here is being utterly ridiculous. Predicting A run on grocery stores and the like. This morning on the local news they had a reporter standing at an empty gas station reminding people to fill up their tanks. Then she pointed to the bare pavement and stated, "As you can see, not much snow yet."  ???
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: siamesecat2965 on February 07, 2013, 08:17:26 AM
Here in NYC, we're looking forward to about 8 inches.  We'll be making an emergency run today for the necessities...wine and ice cream.  We'll also be getting bread, eggs and milk.  After all, everyone knows that the way to survive a big snow storm is to make French toast.

Providing of course, your don't have an electric stove, and your power doesn't go out!  I'm in Northwest NJ, and not quite sure how much we'll end up with. I did cancel my dentist appt for sat at 9 am. Its a bit of a hike, and I know i wont' feel like getting up really early to dig out my car, etc.  Don't have to work until 5 that night, so I hsould be ok by then,

i went yesterday and while I didn't get ice cream, i did get donuts, and I have plenty of wine!
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: GratefulMaria on February 07, 2013, 08:32:04 AM
Central NH here.  I had planned some errands today, but DH needed the car -- we're down to one -- so I'll be heading out to the post office and bank, etc., early Friday morning.  It's still looking good.  DH has a meeting Saturday morning; I really hope it's rescheduled, he doesn't have to go anywhere otherwise.  Until Sunday.  He's flying out of state for work.  I suspect the airports will be a zoo.

We have "camping food" and a wood stove with a cook top surface, the snow blower is on the tractor, and there are plenty of books.

Looks like coastal areas expect the worst of it.  Stay safe!
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: Thipu1 on February 07, 2013, 08:39:08 AM
Here in NYC, we're looking forward to about 8 inches.  We'll be making an emergency run today for the necessities...wine and ice cream.  We'll also be getting bread, eggs and milk.  After all, everyone knows that the way to survive a big snow storm is to make French toast.

Providing of course, your don't have an electric stove, and your power doesn't go out!  I'm in Northwest NJ, and not quite sure how much we'll end up with. I did cancel my dentist appt for sat at 9 am. Its a bit of a hike, and I know i wont' feel like getting up really early to dig out my car, etc.  Don't have to work until 5 that night, so I hsould be ok by then,

i went yesterday and while I didn't get ice cream, i did get donuts, and I have plenty of wine!

We have a gas stove and our apartment has its own furnace.  Electric lines here are all underground so, unless a sub station goes out, we'll be fine.  Just in case, we have a good supply of batteries, flashlights and candles.  Mr. Thipu is obsessive about batteries and flashlights. 
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: utkvolfan on February 07, 2013, 09:00:14 AM
Seacoast NH here. I hit the store first thing this morning for more flashlights, batteries, and foods that don't require cooking. I'm trying to get caught up on laundry and dishes. The last I heard for my area was 18"-24" but they could have upped that since last night.
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: GratefulMaria on February 07, 2013, 09:47:05 AM
After the last storm late October, we had utility crews trimming along a stretch of road for weeks.  It seems every time we had an outage in our neighborhood for the last few years, that's where they had to make the repairs.  It must have finally gotten bad / expensive enough for them to try heading it off.  Here's hoping!
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: Tea Drinker on February 07, 2013, 09:50:20 AM
I am watching the forecast nervously, trying to figure out whether I'll have to cancel/postpone my weekend visit to Boston (from New York City). I suspect I will pack this evening as usual, and make the final decision when I get up tomorrow morning.
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: Susiqzer on February 07, 2013, 12:37:35 PM
I'm in southeast MA, and I'm READY! We have milk, bread, and eggs (I think I'm going to make French toast for dinner tomorrow... just to make myself smile), plus a couple bottles of wine chilling in the fridge.

I'm working from home tomorrow, so I don't get stuck in crazy traffic on the way home (remembering 2007...).

Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: Mikayla on February 07, 2013, 12:43:12 PM
The only story I have to share is the short one about my insane jealousy.  Enjoy!

I'm outside Denver and squeezing ANY precip out of clouds appears to be a thing of the distant past. 

But I love the whole snowstorm thing, up to and including the packed grocery stores.

So...here's hoping it's beautiful but with minimal hazard or inconvenience.

Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: WillyNilly on February 07, 2013, 12:46:42 PM
Here in NYC, we're looking forward to about 8 inches.  We'll be making an emergency run today for the necessities...wine and ice cream.  We'll also be getting bread, eggs and milk.  After all, everyone knows that the way to survive a big snow storm is to make French toast.

Providing of course, your don't have an electric stove, and your power doesn't go out!  I'm in Northwest NJ, and not quite sure how much we'll end up with. I did cancel my dentist appt for sat at 9 am. Its a bit of a hike, and I know i wont' feel like getting up really early to dig out my car, etc.  Don't have to work until 5 that night, so I hsould be ok by then,

i went yesterday and while I didn't get ice cream, i did get donuts, and I have plenty of wine!

We have a gas stove and our apartment has its own furnace.  Electric lines here are all underground so, unless a sub station goes out, we'll be fine.  Just in case, we have a good supply of batteries, flashlights and candles.  Mr. Thipu is obsessive about batteries and flashlights.

I wouldn't worry about NYC.  NY1's recent weather on the 1's is predicting snow yes, but temperatures over freezing (35-37 ish) so it'll melt pretty quickly.

I do like your thinking though about emergency food supplies being ice cream and wine though!  Just don't forget the cinnamon & syrup for that french toast  :)
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: WillyNilly on February 07, 2013, 03:37:12 PM
Whoop!  Scratch my last post, now they are saying 12-18 inches for most of NYC and Westchester.
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: Two Ravens on February 07, 2013, 04:38:02 PM
The forecasting for this storm has been all over the place. Apparently there are two models, the American and the Europeon. As of Wed. the European model was predicting heavy snow for my area, while the American one was predicting just a rain/snow mix. Now the forcast has gone between 6 to 12 inches and between 12 and 24.
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: bonyk on February 07, 2013, 04:42:46 PM
Here in NYC, we're looking forward to about 8 inches.  We'll be making an emergency run today for the necessities...wine and ice cream.  We'll also be getting bread, eggs and milk.  After all, everyone knows that the way to survive a big snow storm is to make French toast.

I am really, really, really wishing I had waited another week to start my diet.  I was doing fine until the blizzard announcement.  Need lasagna and ice cream, stat!
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: Cat-Fu on February 07, 2013, 04:52:08 PM
They're saying 12"-24" in Boston with 50mph gusts, and I'm not looking forward to it. I think I might work from home tomorrow, just to keep my parking spot! (And I'm definitely not parking under any trees!) I'm stocked up on water, candles, and batteries, and I'm recharging my lantern now. I'm going to have to clean my bedroom and do some laundry, though, cause if we lose power I am going to break my foot on the dirty laundry lying around!  ;D

I'm glad you're so prepared, Tai! I hope your drive is uneventful!
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: magicdomino on February 07, 2013, 05:01:33 PM
Watching a little wistfully from the Washington, DC area.  Not that I want 24 inches, if only because I'd have to shovel it.  Five inches though, is that so much to ask?  One lousy little storm of 5 inches?   ;)

Good luck, New England.  May your power lines stand tall.
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: Thipu1 on February 07, 2013, 06:57:09 PM
I'm watching the Weather Channel and the European model is looking ominous for NYC.  Still, we're set.  Mr. Thipu has laid in a good supply of sterno so we can eat fondue or Mongolian Hot Pot if things go south. 

We do hope that the people in New England will be warm and safe at home before the weather gets really bad. 

Please, keep in touch while Nemo comes through. 
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: AmethystAnne on February 07, 2013, 07:55:58 PM
I watched the Weather Channel a little while ago, when Jim Cantore was broadcasting from Boston. Usually, whenever he shows up, it's not good news, weather wise.

Everyone in the Northeast: be careful and stay safe!
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: Outdoor Girl on February 07, 2013, 09:02:01 PM
I'm a quite a bit north of you guys and won't get the full brunt of the storm but I think we are going to get more that what they predicted.

They said 20 cm (8") by the end of the storm tomorrow afternoon.  Ummmm, guys?  It's only 10:00 pm on Thursday and I already have a good 4" in my driveway.  I think I'd better set the alarm early to get up and blow out the driveway.

It won't be a huge deal for me - we are used to big dumps of snow, here.  The main roads will all be plowed by morning and since one of the City Bigwigs lives on my street, I won't even have any trouble getting out to the main road.  After bus routes, i think my street is one of the first ones to get plowed.

Good night, everyone.  Stay safe!
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: Tai on February 07, 2013, 09:31:20 PM
Crap.  Stuck despite busting rear all day. We originally planned this job as a 3 day-er, but figured we could do it in 2. Then things went a LOT quicker today and at 1ish it looked like we would get out in one long day if we skipped having a real lunch. Unfortunately we are still a couple hours away from being done. I may or may not have gotten "hangry" and sore.

Good news is, I will be on the jobsite by 9 and hopefully headed home by 11 or 12. With any luck I can be home before dark and find a place to park. Will have to gas up on the way, not much choice there.

Most news stations are saying 30ish for me. I wonder where we will put it all!
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: Two Ravens on February 08, 2013, 07:19:05 AM
It's already snowing here! I think they cancelled school for the entire state of Rhode Island for today yesterday.
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: Yarnspinner on February 08, 2013, 08:19:42 AM
THE LIBRARY CLOSED FOR THE WEEKEND!!!!!   While I am not a huge fan of blizzards and high winds and power outtages, I am mentally dancing around with joy because, after the week we have had (it was a baked h*ll sandwich with a side order of garbage) we NEED the rest.  My plan?  Write, play as many online escape games as I can stand and, oh yeah, SLEEP.


Can't imagine what the Mayor said to Stonecold to make her close because as of eight a.m., she was (according to person who called to let me know we're closed) Stoney was advertising on the radio that we would be open and people could come in to charge their cell phones and what nots.   By the time she agreed to close, most of the staff was already there...glad to be going home, of course,  but furious that she waited until the last minute.

Stoney herself?  She was home...she doesn't like driving in the snow.  And I guess the two to three feet they are predicting for us was the deciding factor. 

Hope everyone stays safe and warm.   Tai, be careful!!!!!
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: Thipu1 on February 08, 2013, 08:32:46 AM
9:30AM.  It was snowing earlier in the morning but it's raining here now.  The real mess is now supposed to come in later in the afternoon. We should be able to get out for a little while after lunch to buy some fruit and pay a visit to the book store. 
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: Slartibartfast on February 08, 2013, 09:56:19 AM
Here you go, Yarnspinner - this game will suck up your day: http://www.handdrawngames.com/DesktopTD/Game3.asp
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: selkiewoman on February 08, 2013, 10:18:19 AM
Yesterday my son flew from Las Vegas to Scotland via Newark.  He had been religiously checking the weather forecast for his final destination for a good week, but for some reason, none of us thought to check the Newark outlook.  He did get out OK before all the cancellations, and I guess we saved ourselves a good fret.
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: Outdoor Girl on February 08, 2013, 11:23:22 AM
We did have about 8" down this morning, that I blew out of my driveway.  But I broke a shear pin in the process.  I managed to finish it but I'm going to have to hunt down my spares and get that fixed when I get home before I can do it again.

Our rule for shutdown is that the city buses have to be pulled off the roads.  And right now, they are still running.  It is still snowing pretty heavily, though.  And our lovely snow removal company for work plowed in the gate to our compound.  They are supposed to unlock the gates and do one pass through so we can get the vehicles out for them to come back in later in the day and clear it.  Fortunately, the coworker who arrived before me was able to get the gate open enough to squeeze through and then he shovelled it out.  I helped out with clearing vehicles to get them moved.

Off to check the city website and see if the buses are still running.   ;D
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: GratefulMaria on February 08, 2013, 11:44:38 AM
We did have about 8" down this morning, that I blew out of my driveway.  But I broke a shear pin in the process.  I managed to finish it but I'm going to have to hunt down my spares and get that fixed when I get home before I can do it again.

Our rule for shutdown is that the city buses have to be pulled off the roads.  And right now, they are still running.  It is still snowing pretty heavily, though.  And our lovely snow removal company for work plowed in the gate to our compound.  They are supposed to unlock the gates and do one pass through so we can get the vehicles out for them to come back in later in the day and clear it.  Fortunately, the coworker who arrived before me was able to get the gate open enough to squeeze through and then he shovelled it out.  I helped out with clearing vehicles to get them moved.

Off to check the city website and see if the buses are still running.   ;D

DH uses plain bolts as a substitute, just matches up the size.  We have a box of them down basement, after hunting in vain for the real thing.
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: Kariachi on February 08, 2013, 11:48:17 AM
Western NY, don't know how much snow we're supposed to get (supposedly 8 inches, I'm not holding my breath) but I'm already about ready to kill myself just so I don't have to shovel again. I've already cleared two batches of three inches each (heavy stuff too), and it's still coming down at about an inch an hour with no end in sight.


I'm beginning to hate living between three lakes. Lake Ontario to the north. Lake Erie to the west. Lake Alice to the south. It doesn't help that my parents are the ones that keep up with the weather, they left for the Gulf Coast yesterday without warning me, and if my sister knew how bad it was gonna be, well, she never tells me anything either.  >:(
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: Tai on February 08, 2013, 11:53:20 AM
Home and safe!  Only took me 2 hours to make the 85 mile drive, and it didn't get bad until I got off the highway.  Stopped and found that Price Chopper still has bread, milk, water, and more importantly, bagels!

Got gas on the way home, so the rumors of shortages aren't as bad as the news seems to think it is.  A couple of stations have gone all news locally. 

Parking spot real close to my house, in "allowed" parking areas (we have a parking ban in effect).

Kindle, phone, and backups are on the chargers.  Percolator pulled out in case of power loss. 

Ban on travel at 4pm today for MA. 
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: siamesecat2965 on February 08, 2013, 11:58:11 AM
Home and safe!  Only took me 2 hours to make the 85 mile drive, and it didn't get bad until I got off the highway.  Stopped and found that Price Chopper still has bread, milk, water, and more importantly, bagels!

Got gas on the way home, so the rumors of shortages aren't as bad as the news seems to think it is.  A couple of stations have gone all news locally. 

Parking spot real close to my house, in "allowed" parking areas (we have a parking ban in effect).

Kindle, phone, and backups are on the chargers.  Percolator pulled out in case of power loss. 

Ban on travel at 4pm today for MA.

Yay - glad you made it home, got gas and supplies!  i'm working from home today, and its been coming down since early this morning (Northwest NJ) i'm just dreading digging out my car; while they plow my complex, i have to dig it out. esp since they menmtioned its heart attack snow, and i dig out my 87 year old neighbors car too. i will just take it slow; may go out later and do one pass then the rest tomrorow.

but i have food etc. too. just hoping the power stays on since i have all electric, stove included!
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: LibraryLady on February 08, 2013, 12:03:04 PM
Well, I made it to the library in only 15 minutes in bright sunshine and minimal sand blowing ;D , temperature is now 54 deg.,  and the sun is shining
and nice blue skies, horizon to horizon. 

Struggling with sinus headache from the wind blowing yesterday and hanging in the air, as the sun was setting, it looked like it had gauze covering it.

Seriously, hope everyone on the East Coast under the snow storm gets home safe and there are no power outages.  Our daughter lives in Hollywood MD;
and I don't know if it is forecast that far south, but do take care.

Best wishes from West Texas
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: Redneck Gravy on February 08, 2013, 12:19:01 PM
Ah yes, the magnificent West Texas headaches, I went home yesterday and took a nap with a cool washcloth, feel better today.

My thoughts and prayers are with the New England area.  I can't imagine that much snow. 

Good luck everyone!
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: Outdoor Girl on February 08, 2013, 12:28:57 PM
I know I have some; I just have to find them.  If I can't find them, I'll ask my neighbour to do my driveway for me and I'll head out tomorrow to find replacements.
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: MsCopper on February 08, 2013, 12:35:26 PM
Governor Patrick has banned all vehicle travel after 4pm for the state of Massachusetts. Be safe out there fellow Bostonians! 
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: Two Ravens on February 08, 2013, 01:12:03 PM
RI just declared a State of Emergency as well.
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: CoffeeLover on February 08, 2013, 01:17:20 PM
I'm in Southern NH.  No state of emergency declared here (yet).  the big storm is supposed to come in around 7.  Right now, we have about an inch, moderate gusty winds, but nothing too bad yet. 
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: rose red on February 08, 2013, 01:50:05 PM
Western NY, don't know how much snow we're supposed to get (supposedly 8 inches, I'm not holding my breath) but I'm already about ready to kill myself just so I don't have to shovel again. I've already cleared two batches of three inches each (heavy stuff too), and it's still coming down at about an inch an hour with no end in sight.

This is me yesterday in the suburbs of Chicago where it snowed from late morning to night.  I'm aching all over today.  The last shoveling was at 10:30pm and I still woke up this morning with snow on the ground. Ugh!  As usual, the worst part is the end of the driveway where the snowplows went by. 

It sounds worse for the East Coast though, so everybody stay safe and warm!
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: camlan on February 08, 2013, 02:14:09 PM
THE LIBRARY CLOSED FOR THE WEEKEND!!!!!   While I am not a huge fan of blizzards and high winds and power outtages, I am mentally dancing around with joy because, after the week we have had (it was a baked h*ll sandwich with a side order of garbage) we NEED the rest.  My plan?  Write, play as many online escape games as I can stand and, oh yeah, SLEEP.


Can't imagine what the Mayor said to Stonecold to make her close because as of eight a.m., she was (according to person who called to let me know we're closed) Stoney was advertising on the radio that we would be open and people could come in to charge their cell phones and what nots.   By the time she agreed to close, most of the staff was already there...glad to be going home, of course,  but furious that she waited until the last minute.

Stoney herself?  She was home...she doesn't like driving in the snow.  And I guess the two to three feet they are predicting for us was the deciding factor. 

Hope everyone stays safe and warm.   Tai, be careful!!!!!

I'm a little north of you, in southern NH. We got an email from the city last night, telling us City Hall would close at noon and the library would close at 1 pm. And warning everyone to call the library on Saturday to see if they will be open, because right now, no one is really sure how much snow we will get. We're right on the line between getting a foot of snow and getting 24" of snow--it all depends on where the storm moves.

Seriously, all the readers were in the library yesterday, getting their storm supplies. And fortunately, books will keep for days and days and not go bad.
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: Kariachi on February 08, 2013, 02:44:21 PM

This is me yesterday in the suburbs of Chicago where it snowed from late morning to night.  I'm aching all over today.  The last shoveling was at 10:30pm and I still woke up this morning with snow on the ground. Ugh!  As usual, the worst part is the end of the driveway where the snowplows went by. 

It sounds worse for the East Coast though, so everybody stay safe and warm!

It's even better when the snow plows only go by every four hours or so. I've started just clearing the end of the drive so my sister can get in a park, as well as a path to the door. Took me over half an hour.
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: LibraryLady on February 08, 2013, 02:56:44 PM
Hey, Redneck Gravy

I was in your lovely city of Odessa??  passed by Midland in I-20 going home Thursday, hence the headache today.  Had to go visit SIL at Sherwood Place.

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That was my hair afterwards  :)


LL
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: Outdoor Girl on February 08, 2013, 04:39:43 PM
Got at least another 8" during the day today.  Got my car plowed in at work but some nice person dug it out and brushed it off for me!  So I got out of the parking lot and headed home.  When I got home, my driveway was clear!  My neighbour did it.  I had a little bit of cleaning up to do and I had to shovel the front steps but that didn't take long.

So now I don't have to rush to change out the shear pin in my snowblower.  That'll be tomorrow's job.  As well as shovelling off my deck, where the snow has drifted almost waist high in the middle of the deck.  Yeah, that's going to be a workout!

Plus, I'll have to do some baking for my neighbour and maybe for work on Monday to say thanks.
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: Tea Drinker on February 08, 2013, 05:16:49 PM
I am grumpily, though warmly and safely, at home in New York City right now. I was supposed to be visiting my girlfriend this weekend, in Boston. I had a ticket for a 10:00 Amtrak train, which would have gotten me in at 1:40. Last night they announced that the T (Boston area mass transit) would stop running at 3:30, and by this morning I decided that I would rather visit another weekend than risk being stuck at South Station; trying to find a hotel room near the station; or, worst, getting stranded somewhere between the railroad station and my girlfriend's house, if the buses didn't turn up on time.

Somewhere around noon I started second-guessing myself, and had to remember that I didn't just stay home to be safe, but in order to not spend several hours fretting about whether I would get there, or what would happen if I didn't. (Spending the weekend snowed in together would have been tolerable, if not our first choice.)

I suspect I will be more annoyed if I wake up tomorrow morning to six inches of snow than to sixteen, regardless of how much snow Boston gets.
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: chibichan on February 08, 2013, 05:50:49 PM
I just checked in with my folks by Skype , they're in the NH Seacoast . Sounds like they're all set - mercifully , Dad had a generator installed last summer , plus they have a woodstove and a snowblower . That takes a huge load off my mind .

When I was living in the same area , I used to get psyched for big snowstorms . I would gleefully go shopping for goodies and spend the day in my PJs , lounging on the couch with the 2 cats . It helped that all of my utilities were underground so I never lost power . Of course , I have blocked out the memeories of having to shovel the #@* driveway later . ;D

Take care everyone - I have my fingers crossed that you will all be safe and warm .

I am sending extra good wishes for those of you who are , in military terms , mission essential . Without your dedication , our world would be much worse off . Thank you , and be safe .
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: CoffeeLover on February 08, 2013, 05:59:39 PM
The Governor in NH just declared a state of emergancy.  No mail will be delivered tomorrow either. 

I love a good snowstorm, so long as there are no major power outages. 
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: WillyNilly on February 08, 2013, 06:16:33 PM
Got at least another 8" during the day today.  Got my car plowed in at work but some nice person dug it out and brushed it off for me!  So I got out of the parking lot and headed home. 

One winter I dug out about 3 stranger's cars... Not because I was nice, but because all silver Camrys look the same covered in snow.
I do though try to make a point to dig helpfully - clearing in front or in back of my car parked on the street, often its easy enough to dig out totally between cars, not just free mine - it gives me more space to stand/maneuver the shovel, and to pull out. And I hope it sets a good precedent for the neighborhood.
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: POF on February 08, 2013, 06:20:58 PM
Southeast Mass - I worked from home today and hoping we don't lose any trees ! so far electricity is on.....

Lots of members near me ! Howdy
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: Yarnspinner on February 08, 2013, 06:46:22 PM
Here you go, Yarnspinner - this game will suck up your day: http://www.handdrawngames.com/DesktopTD/Game3.asp

awwwwww...they're too cute to kill...reminds me of the lemmings game where the lemmings yell yippee after their escape...thanks for adding to my arsenal of "I should be doing X but would MUCH rather do this!"
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: Yarnspinner on February 08, 2013, 06:50:03 PM
THE LIBRARY CLOSED FOR THE WEEKEND!!!!!   While I am not a huge fan of blizzards and high winds and power outtages, I am mentally dancing around with joy because, after the week we have had (it was a baked h*ll sandwich with a side order of garbage) we NEED the rest.  My plan?  Write, play as many online escape games as I can stand and, oh yeah, SLEEP.


Can't imagine what the Mayor said to Stonecold to make her close because as of eight a.m., she was (according to person who called to let me know we're closed) Stoney was advertising on the radio that we would be open and people could come in to charge their cell phones and what nots.   By the time she agreed to close, most of the staff was already there...glad to be going home, of course,  but furious that she waited until the last minute.

Stoney herself?  She was home...she doesn't like driving in the snow.  And I guess the two to three feet they are predicting for us was the deciding factor. 

Hope everyone stays safe and warm.   Tai, be careful!!!!!

I'm a little north of you, in southern NH. We got an email from the city last night, telling us City Hall would close at noon and the library would close at 1 pm. And warning everyone to call the library on Saturday to see if they will be open, because right now, no one is really sure how much snow we will get. We're right on the line between getting a foot of snow and getting 24" of snow--it all depends on where the storm moves.

Seriously, all the readers were in the library yesterday, getting their storm supplies. And fortunately, books will keep for days and days and not go bad.

Our favorite peeps are the ones who arrive just as we are closing because of a storm and insist we stay open while they select videos so they won't have to converse with each other while stuck at home. 

I know a LOT of our patrons are going to be furious that we are closed because, well, how DARE we stay home in the middle of a blizzard when THEY don't have a computer at home to play Farmville. 

Stay safe guys.
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: Susiqzer on February 09, 2013, 08:45:14 AM
How's everyone doing this morning? We easily got 3 feet of snow here!

Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: Kiara on February 09, 2013, 09:26:27 AM
Hope everyone is okay, and I just had to note this from Weatherbug.....

Yesterday at 6:45pm, they canceled the US Sledding Championship in Maine.  Because of a blizzard.  That just amuses the heck out of me.
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: camlan on February 09, 2013, 09:52:16 AM
Here in southern New Hampshire, we got somewhere between 20-30 inches of snow. It's hard to tell, because it's still snowing and the wind is still blowing it around. The back of my car is completely free of snow, but the hood is buried in a drift that covers the windshield. How do they tell how much snow fell, when it's drifting all over the place?

We didn't lose power, the plows are getting the roads clear and my neighbor managed to leave for work an hour ago. The local mall is closed  until this afternoon--first time I've seen them do that!

A special thank you to the plow guys, the police, the firemen, the power company crews and all the behind the scenes people who had to be out and about in this mess.
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: POF on February 09, 2013, 10:07:54 AM
We had the lights flicker a few times and cut off an on twice - but we have power.... Lots of folks in Mass and RI are without power though. We have about 25 inches - but it dirfted really high.

DH and the boys are snowblowing away - and helping out older neighbors and / or neighbors without snowblowers.

I am toasty warm, reading, doing some stuff, planning the cruise and thinking of making homemade pasta with clam sauce for dinner.
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: Morty'sCleaningLady on February 09, 2013, 10:34:34 AM
Officially have 2 feet in my area, but the drifts are fierce.  Had to carry my shih tzu from the door to the street, because the snow was over her head (and even over my knees).  Felt like a good 30 inches.

Will dig out the car tomorrow -- they are forecast severe winds here and I don't want to lose power (electric heat) while I'm outside.

More alarmed by the people in my apartment complex who thought they were going to work.  30 minutes of dog walking showed 5 people trying to leave and at least 3 spin outs.

Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: Yarnspinner on February 09, 2013, 11:09:12 AM
At least two feet here.  Wind is still blowing and howling, but the sun is shining.  Looking out my windows, I can see that the snow stretches smoothly and evenly from one side of the road to the other.  While some cars are only buried up to their front hoods, others are completely obscured from view.  Watched one of my neighbors wade out into the white, hip deep, so her dog could avail itself of the facilities, so to speak.  The DOG was having a blast, hopping up and down and round and round like "Mommy, Mommy, look at the funky white stuff, Mommy, isn't it cool, Mommy?"  Mommy didn't seem to think it was that cool, but she was taking pix so at least she was enjoying her dog's antics.

We will likely be one of the last places to get plowed out.  As long as I have heat, water and can turn on the TV if I run out of reading, I am pretty happy. 
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: Miss March on February 09, 2013, 11:16:23 AM
Solid three feet here. I had to call out from work. It took us 5 hours to dig a channel through the snow so that one car can get out of the driveway, and it's a tight fit at that. We don't have a snow blower or anything, so it's all done by shovel here. The snowbanks are a good five feet tall.
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: WillyNilly on February 09, 2013, 11:19:03 AM
We got several inches in NYC, but less then a foot.  Some parts of LI and Westchester though got a foot or more.  I live in an apartment (read: super shovels our walks) and have a parking spot in a lot, but I was thinking of heading outside to good samaritan shovel out some of the cars that got plowed in - my street has 4 bus lines so the plows have been coming every 45 minutes or so for the last 115 hours.
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: Luci on February 09, 2013, 11:27:54 AM
Hugs to all. Please remember, if the power goes out, your garage and balcony can save your food. Been there, done that - more than once!

I am not happy in cities, but have learned that I don't dislike city dwellers. The sight of business owners out shoveling Broadway and 42nd St. looks like us small town folks doing that, too, and then helping our less able neighbors.

Watching, and hoping for the best for you all!
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: Outdoor Girl on February 09, 2013, 12:42:24 PM
The snowbanks are a good five feet tall.

My snowbanks got so high one year, my snowblower wouldn't get the snow that high.  When I was shovelling, I found it easier to stand with my back to the bank, shovel up snow in front of me and toss it up and over my shoulder/head.

Got my snowblower fixed.  It took me longer to find the dang shear pins than it did to change it out.  Got the plow pile at the bottom of the driveway done so I'm going to head out to Micheals to use my 30% off coupon that is only good for today.  It's bright and sunny right now so it shouldn't be too bad.
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: Browyn on February 09, 2013, 01:04:03 PM
Rhode Island here, got about 2 feet and never lost power (knock on wood).

Staying inside and warm, hopeing by tomorrow the roads will be clear and go out.
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: POF on February 09, 2013, 01:15:43 PM
My DH and teen sons are out being good Samaritans.... they are helping to snow blow and shovel driveways of our neighbors.... in particular we have some older neighbors, a divorced woman who lives by ourselves and some newly weds who don't have a blower.

They won't take any money - but they help them get it under control.  OK one of the neoghbors does bring them cookies !

Our nasty neighbor next door - who threatens to sue us occasionally - we don't help.  We sort of feel bad because he has health issues, but honestly - I would be afraid he would sue os for something.

POF
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: Kathleen on February 09, 2013, 06:11:06 PM
Two Feet here on the north shore of Long Island.   We lost power for 22 hours (It came on around 6PM, this evening).   We have dug out the driveway but since they only plowed one side of our street so far, we will get plowed in when they come through again. 
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: A.P. Wulfric on February 09, 2013, 06:23:05 PM
Mass/NH border.  Think we got about 3 feet, not really sure.  We couldn't even open our door this morning!  We finally got out and DH shoveled the area around his car. My car is completely blocked in and is tomorrow's problem.  Everything around here closed today, but most plan to reopen tomorrow.  Even church emailed and said that all services were cancelled for Sunday. 

No power loss, but we nearly never lose power. Not even Irene/Sandy caused a flicker.
Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: Two Ravens on February 09, 2013, 06:52:41 PM
We just got our power back, after loosing it around 8 last night. I am grateful though, since the estimates said Monday, and the temps are supposed to get down to 8 tonight.

Title: Re: New England blizzard- or, finally some snow around here!
Post by: GratefulMaria on February 09, 2013, 10:52:04 PM
Central NH here, no loss of power, just a lot of fluffy snow.  My car looked like a cupcake.  I took pictures for our west coast children -- they were home for winter break and will be sorry to have missed all this.  We spent the day digging out; I did the detail work, and DH snow blowed our really long driveway.  It took until around 5 PM.  Our dog was absolutely horrified and did dolphin dives through the snow before finding an acceptable spot to powder her nose.  DH dug her a couple of rest areas in the yard.

DH had a flight scheduled down to Washington DC tomorrow that was already cancelled yesterday, so he made a reservation on the train, which got cancelled today.  He ended up reserving a rental car that he'll turn in as soon as he gets down there.  He was on hold with Amtrak for almost ninety minutes this evening, complete with 1970's music which he put on speaker phone.  We heard Donna Summer and ABBA!