Deja Vu

13″ of fresh, heavy snow for me to shovel– oh boy!
The plow left this huge berm of snow boulders at the end of our driveway, ugh!

It was only ten days ago that we received 9″ in a similarly heavy snowstorm, so we’re getting plenty of exercise!

Is it spring yet??

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111 Responses to Deja Vu

  1. Jim R says:

    That’s a lot of wet snow. Our most recent was 4″ and very very wet. We couldn’t lift the shovel with much slush in it. Mostly we pushed it off the walk and drive. I wouldn’t want to have 13″ of that.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks, Jim. On the deck, I shovel it in halves, the top half I have to lift and throw (ugh), the bottom half I push off; but the sidewalks, all lift! I let my spouse manage the snow blower and driveway. We slept well! 🙂

      • Jim R says:

        No one in the neighborhood used their snowblowers. It would have clogged up.

      • Eliza Waters says:

        Yes, that can happen here, the berm had to be done by hand for that reason. If it stays close to freezing, we can usually snow blow. We’d have to call in a snow plow if it got heavier. Fortunately, that has only happened a couple times in 30+ years.

  2. sandyjwhite says:

    Ugh…you need your own plow!

  3. John says:

    Wow, this winter has been crazy all over the country. I watch the weather channel, that storm hanging in the northeast needs to go. Stay warm! ❤️

  4. Karen Lang says:

    I think it’s fair to say that the seasons have not changed anywhere Eliza!! Cold or hot ha ⛄️☀️⛄️

  5. Dale says:

    That is SO not cool! And we got snow for a good part of the day but thankfully it did not stick. That said, we have more than enough still, so… please spring, I’m with Eliza! Come on now!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks, Dale. IKR? There was a wide range in accumulations even just an hour’s drive apart. Elevation has its effect. At mid-March, I’m hoping this is the last one. 🙏🏼

      • Dale says:

        Right! And yes, the range is crazy! What area do you live in (I feel like I know but am having a brain fart) I so hope this is the last one! March is a fickle one.

      • Eliza Waters says:

        Western Mass. about 450 km south of you.
        Now that we’ve had the lion, let’s hope we get the lamb. 🙂

      • Dale says:

        Not so far so that explains our similar weather! Yes, please. I am more than ready for the lamb! (Mind you, I can’t really complain. Today was gorgeous!)

  6. Su says:

    Ugh. I know how you feel – achy! Please take it very slowly, so you don’t injure yourself.

  7. We feel your pain in MN! We can’t get winter to leave. 40 degrees one day and 6” of wet heavy snow the next. Sigh.

  8. Chris King says:

    It is pretty to look

  9. I guess no more snow angels, hey? Out this way, this is the wettest drought I have ever seen. Hang in there!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks, Gary. Haven’t made a snow angel in years. This snow would be perfect for snow sculpture, snowball fights, etc. With school cancelled these two days, it gives the local kids something to do. It was still snowing at 6 this morning, with another 4″ on the ground. Power still out, alas. Super quiet out there last night!

  10. Prior... says:

    wow – sending some virtual hot chocolate

  11. Anne says:

    What a change! I don’t envy you having to keep your driveway clear.

  12. picpholio says:

    Let’s hope for you that these are the last 13″ of snow for this year.

  13. Oh wow! That’s quite something to have to cope with that often.

  14. It is beginning to look as though Spring has decided to give it a miss this year!

  15. shoreacres says:

    It’s the meteorological version of March madness! In Iowa, we always had a boys’ basketball tournament blizzard; it looks as though you got a taste this year.

  16. Wow! All we got down here was wind and rain, plenty of rain. Good luck with your shoveling. Do you do it all at once or take some hot cocoa breaks?

    • Eliza Waters says:

      I did mine (deck, walks, around the house), my spouse snowblows the driveway) all at once, but my spouse had to come back and do the berm. My second round while he did that was to try and get snow off my shrubbery. Lots of breakage. 😦
      We’ve had another 4″ overnight, so there is more to shovel this morning. 45º tomorrow! 🙂

  17. Alice says:

    That is a super challenging amount of snow boulders. I hope the sun comes out & starts the melting process. And to think there are places that got even more snow. 26 miles south of Boston we had a very rainy day & then a coating of snow.

  18. derrycats says:

    I know it isn’t good that we’ve had only an inch or so of snow this winter, but I can’t say I miss the shoveling.

  19. I know we are all grateful for snowplows on the main roads, but they sure do leave a challenge at the end of the driveway for homeowners. Nothing that can be done about it, but it is a job to clear something like that. Sure hope the snowblower could manage it even small bites at a time.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Too heavy for the snowblower, hubby had to use the snow scoop to slide pieces of it off to the side. We got another 4″ overnight, so we’re off to repeat the process once again. I do love living in New England despite the winter weather. 🙂

  20. Treah Pichette says:

    Groan……we topped off at 24-26 inches. Where are we going to put the stuff??

  21. I was in CT in 1993 and 9 months pregnant for the snowstorm of the century. I feel your pain. Our temperatures are dropping to 38 this week and everyone is in a tizzy about that.

  22. maryjane678 says:

    Hi Eliza. Oh poor you! Obviously spring isn’t there yet. It has to arrive eventually – hang on in there.

  23. Oh boy is right! We call the berm left by the plow “Wall O’ Snow.” And we know from personal experience what a challenge Wall O’ Snow can be. Hope the clean-up goes well and that you two take plenty of rests.

  24. Jane Lurie says:

    Hi Eliza, Mother Nature isn’t fooling around with any of us! Enjoy the beauty of snow despite the shoveling. ❄️☃️

  25. Debbie says:

    Oh dear, I’m so sorry. We don’t have snow on the ground right now, but the next few days are supposed to be in the 30s (for highs), and everybody I’ve talked to whines about how late spring is. Guess that Rodent was right after all when he predicted more winter!

  26. krispeterson100 says:

    Ugh! take it slow and easy, Eliza! We’ve had nearly 3 inches of rain just from the current “atomospheric river” so, if your weather is affected by ours, I’m afraid you may have more of the same coming. And, it’s looking like there may be another atmospheric river behind this one…

    • Eliza Waters says:

      This is the year for rain in CA! 3″ in one storm, wow! Yes, I have noticed how these weather fronts cross the country. Maybe these next two will go north or south of us to give us a break!

  27. ke01341 says:

    This is finally typical NE! However with a new snowblower that will not start it meant an all day shoveling event. A little at a time and the job was done.

  28. Sending warm, melty thoughts your way. Spring is lurking under there somewhere.

  29. Oh, my! I hope spring finds its way to you soon, Eliza…

  30. Tina says:

    I don’t envy your snow, but you probably don’t envy my long summers. 🙂 Take care, don’t pull any muscles and remember: the heating pad is your friend.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      That is true! I often think that, in those moments when I find myself envious of folks with things starting to bloom in Feb. and Mar.
      I did use the heating pad afterwards yesterday and it does make a difference. Thanks, Tina!

  31. I feel your back pain. We only got about 5″ but very heavy and wet. Fortunately I didn’t clear it until after the plow went by. The second pass is always insult to injury. 🙂 We’re making up for the winter that didn’t happen when it should have. 6 days til spring. 🙂

  32. Widdershins says:

    Those snow berms are no joke! … thankfully after a big enough fall out road ploughs have a front-end loader coming behind them to clear the driveways of most of the junk.

  33. I’m exhausted just looking at the photos and thinking of you shoveling all that heavy snow!!🙂 There’s been a few snowstorms that I could have cried after clearing the driveway and then having the plow create another mess. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the first day of spring scares winter away.🙂

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Aw, thanks, S. Now that it is behind me, it wasn’t so bad, ha! 😉 I didn’t work so hard today. Though it was heartbreaking to cut up my dogwood that snapped in half. All those buds! I’m going to try to force them inside. It won’t be the same, but it might be worthwhile doing.

  34. That is an impressive amount of snow, Eliza. Spring is coming, though I suspect it “arrives” sooner in California. I hope you are seeing flowers and greenery soon.

  35. Cathy says:

    Oh no! Hope it melts really quickly!

  36. To shovel, yes, but also to enjoy visually.

  37. Oh no! We’ve been really lucky in comparison. I hope some mild temperatures come your way!!

  38. In three days..spring…😆

  39. susurrus says:

    It looks as if the snow is falling as snowmen – or as near as it can manage.

  40. jillslawit says:

    Phew, that’s a lot of snow.

  41. 13″ more? Oh no, that was surely a surprise! We had sustained 20-25+ mph winds so it must have been like a blizzard up your way!! Can I say it is still pretty?!! 🙂

  42. Pepper says:

    If I ever have to shovel that much wet snow, we are out of here the next day! 😂

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