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    About 15” of snow on the ground and maybe another 4”-8” tomorrow into Tuesday. Winter storm watch for now and a wind chill advisory through tomorrow. Went grocery shopping this morning, topped off gas tank, and I probably won’t be driving for the next week (work at home). Out once a week to grocery shop for me and a senior friend. Might go diving next weekend in WI if buddies are available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catherine View Post
    Wow. When was the last time you had snow?
    We have one or two days with a light dusting or maybe .5 inch that melts by noon every year or two. But it’s been nearly six years since North Texas has seen significant snowfall. Dallas-Fort Worth recorded 3.5 inches March 4-5, 2015 according to this article: https://www.dallasnews.com/news/weat...nches-of-snow/

    Good statistics in that article and an aerial photo of snow covered Dallas. We get ice a lot more often than snow because rain hits cold pavement and freezes. Hail is a much bigger threat than snow or even ice. We get a lot of hail! According to http://www.interactivehailmaps.com/l...fort-worth-tx/ "During the past 12 months the Fort Worth, TX area has had 101 reports of on-the-ground hail by trained spotters, and has been under severe weather warnings 80 times. Doppler radar has detected hail at or near Fort Worth, TX on 159 occasions, including 17 occasions during the past year." And supposedly we're one of the top ten hail areas in the US.

    One of my favorite phenomenons out here that I never saw in Georgia is Thunder Snow. The sky will be relatively clear with a thick bank of clouds moving in, and suddenly there will be a huge clap of thunder followed immediately by it starting to snow.

    What makes our current weather so bad is the record low temps and the unusually long time we're staying below freezing. Pipes that never freeze will freeze under such conditions and snow or ice that normally melts in a day or two will hang around a lot longer. I'm overjoyed that I've been retired for a couple of years and won't have to get out in this on foot (my normal transportation is a motorcycle). I'm also very happy that it's snow, not ice. Ice brings down trees, tree limbs, and power lines.

    Compared to yankeeland this is nothing, but the difference is their infrastructure is (hopefully) built and staffed/equipped to handle their typical weather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgeParker View Post
    Compared to yankeeland this is nothing, but the difference is their infrastructure is (hopefully) built and staffed/equipped to handle their typical weather.
    My personal infrastructure for dealing with snow in yankeeland consists of a shovel. (if you look closely you can see it taking a break between the garage doors in the pic above)
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    I have one of those great new ergonomic shovels with the kink in the handle that saves your back.

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    Watching my central TX family deal with ice and cold has been interesting. It has been decades there since trees limbs cracked from ice or sub 20 degrees were experienced. They basically shut down everything as ice is so problematic to drive on. Here in Co Springs it is -5 for the high today. More snow on the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan View Post
    My personal infrastructure for dealing with snow in yankeeland consists of a shovel.
    I could kiss whoever invented the snowblower. With five feet of snow a year on average, an 80 foot driveway, and two other properties to clear, a shovel would take quite some time. I still need a shovel for clearing steps and doorways, though. I actually have two shovels: one of those standard aluminum-bladed models for the "detail" work and a plastic-bladed shovel for clearing the wheelchair ramp at my mom's/brother's place (metal would tear up the paint). Both have the usual straight handle; for some reason I never got the hang of using those bent shovel handles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveinMN View Post
    No snow here and none (beyond trace amounts) predicted for another 7-10 days until this high is out of here. And, no, I am not going outside to take a picture of our driveway!


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    I looked early this morning and Minneapolis had -18F with -38F wind chill. Here we only had -12F and -29F wind chill. We have over a foot of snow on the ground. It is getting hard to clean out the driveway and shovel the snow over the mounds already there. The weather is not going to abate for a few more days. I HATE WINTER!!!! I never want to be here in winter again.

    I feel for those in the south who do not have the equipment or knowledge to clean the roads. It sucks even if you can get around.

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    It sounds like if I had moved back to Beaverton (or another Portland suburb), I'd be twiddling my thumbs in the dark. My sibling, south of PDX, is.

    At this point, I'm hoping I don't have a five-day powerless siege like I had some years ago. Then I had cats to keep me warm. Last time, I lived on yogurt and chocolate bars; I'm better prepared this time.

    I'm debating whether or not to make the treacherous hike to the mailbox. Probably better through snow than ice; where are those Yaktrax, anyway? I'm trying not to think about the Dyatlov Pass incident...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveinMN View Post
    No snow here and none (beyond trace amounts) predicted for another 7-10 days until this high is out of here.
    Yeah, but moose and squirrel told me it's cold as heck in Frostbite Falls MN.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgeParker View Post
    Yeah, but moose and squirrel told me it's cold as heck in Frostbite Falls MN.
    It's always cold in Frostbite Falls!
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