Good ol’ Winter Storm Stella seemed to start a little slowly. Or maybe just late. But that gal had some staying power. Our area had just recovered (almost) from a one day windstorm where the measured peak gust topped out at 82mph. Here in western NY. Over 100,000 customers without power. That’s about 1/3 of out county. We were spared from that and actually hosted our son and his clan for a day before their power was restored.
Spent Saturday morning at their house cleaning up some ash trees that fell. The largest took out a swing set we had just built last summer. Clearing out the rest of the ash trees is high on this springs to-do list. The Emerald Ash Borer is wreaking havoc here. After that, the swing set will be re-built.
Then came Stella. Slow, steady and with the endurance of a marathon runner. Tuesday morning, not so bad. Tuesday night? Less than great. Got home to 12″ in the driveway (I love my 4WD truck, yessir!). Got the driveway cleared out, came in and collapsed.
Wednesday morning got up early so I could clear another 10 inches out of the driveway. If you’re keeping score, that’s 22 inches in about 30 hours. Made it to work fine. Schools closed, many businesses closed. Traffic was wonderfully light and our road crews here kick some serious butt. Sure, there was some snow in the road, but for the most part you could find clear wheel tracks to ride in.
I’ve been providing rides to a colleague at work who is up visiting from Florida. She’s helping me clean up some work that got delayed by another client flexing some muscle and re-arranging my schedule. She got a front wheel drive car but hasn’t driven in snow for years. Her hotel is also having trouble keeping the snow from drifting in over their driveway. My truck gets in & out fine, no way her car would make it.
So. Wednesday night I drop colleague off at her hotel. Drive home – house is cold-ish. Dropped to 60 or so. Turns out the furnace vent got drifted in and the controller won’t run the furnace with a clogged vent. Went around the side of the house, cleared out a 4 foot tall snow drift from around the vent. Furnace is fine & we were back up to a toasty 68 in a couple of hours.
There are another 4 or 5 inches of snow waiting for me in the driveway – I’ll get that in the morning. That makes our total snowfall from Stella 26 inches in about 42 hours. Not a record for here by a long shot, but it was nearly double the forecast. Oops.
Thursday? Back to normal. Roads were actually pretty clear coming home tonight, morning rush ought to be back to usual. That’s too bad, I was actually enjoying driving on the nearly deserted roads during our local travel advisory. Guess normal is all relative, eh?