Like many other areas of the country and over the border in Canada, we're experiencing some real winter weather today. It's supposed to last until 8 a.m. on Sunday morning so we're in for a stretch of it.
I guess it's fortunate we have no snow falling just now because we have winds gusting up to 60 mph and a wind chill factor of -30°. At times, it's a whiteout condition looking out the window.
This is the snow drift blown up against our living room windows. The tip of it has got to be 8' from the ground. I've not been out today thanks to my dear husband. After morning chores he reported the drifts he had to go through were the consistency of cement. Our temp right now at a little after noon is 7° and the snow that's blowing is very light so has been packed good and tight.
Speaking of my husband, he left a short time ago to walk out to get our mail on the road in front. (Should I have his head examined?) He was eager to do it as he's spent the morning sorting through some winter camping gear and clothing. He said it will be a great test to the outfit he donned before leaving. Did I want to go with him? NOOOOO.
Okay, he just returned and is pleased as punch to report the outfit he had on kept him toasty. Of course, he was moving right along which no doubt helped keep his body heat percolating. He also said we have a tree down across the driveway which he was able to get around with no trouble, but it's made the driveway impassable by a vehicle.
So I will be big and brave, suit up and go out with him to help remove the tree. Daughter is available, too, so she wanted to join in the fun. What? Doesn't sound like fun to you?
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Back in from the tree removal operation. It was a larger tree than Papa Pea had first thought. A full, healthy spruce so it took him more time to cut off the branches with the chainsaw, while daughter and I picked up and tossed them off the side of the driveway, than it did to cut the trunk into pieces. We stacked them off to the side and will pick them up later as they'll be good firewood when seasoned.
It was, indeed, cold even though we were all working and getting exercise. I wasn't comfortable with the wind howling and big trees on either side of us creaking and swaying. But it went well and I'm finally getting warmed up.
Did I say a real blizzard needs snow along with wind? Well, it's started to snow now so things may get very interesting before this storm passes.
Snow drift is growing!
For all of you in the path of this widespread storm, stay safe and ready for power outages which are likely to occur.