Jan. 5th, 2017

Snowed In

Jan. 5th, 2017 07:30 pm
kevin_standlee: (Snow Day)
Last night, I posted a photo of our front porch with the early results of the snowfall that began late last afternoon.

There Was Much More to Come )

Because of how Fernley House is situated and because there are vacant lots on both sides of it, some people have the idea that we are far from the nearest habitation and that we live in some sort of solitary isolation apart from the trains. This is not so. We actually live in the old downtown of Fernley, as the next photos show.

Beautiful Downtown Fernley in the Snow )

Later in the afternoon, I managed to record video of a passing train, which aside from the horn being blown for the benefit of another train crew working in the area was much quieter than usual, thanks to the muffling effect of the snow. I'd intended to shoot video of Amtrak going by, but it came by sooner than I expected and I missed the shot.

Passing Train in the Snow )

How much snow did we get? Here's the evidence, taken from the top of the wood box, but I measured comparable depths at other places around the property.

How Much Snow? )

This snow was pretty fluffy with low moisture content. Snowballs won't hold together, and we can't make a snow-bear the way we did the last time we had a storm of this magnitude, several years ago. No more snow is forecast for a couple of days, but the temperatures are expected to be below freezing for a while, so the snow isn't going away except where direct sunlight heats things up.

I cleared the sidewalks mostly, and laid down ground absorbent on the porch and in some of the icier spots on the sidewalk. I'd use salt (not on the wooden porch, of course), but I used the last of the 2.5 kg bag we bought a couple of years ago last night and don't feel up to walking through the snow to Big R to buy another bag.

Thank goodness I'm working from home. I shared some of these photos with my co-workers to explain why I don't expect to be traveling anywhere soon, especially with more storms heading toward us.

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