Some called it Winter Storm Nemo. Others called it the Blizzard of 2013, the Nor’easter of 2013, or Storm Charlotte. Call it what you will…but this February snowstorm is bound to be included in the record books as one of the more significant snowstorms to hit our area.
From my own perspective, I’ve never seen this much snow here, ever. And I’ve lived in this region all my life. The snow began falling around 6:30 or so yesterday (Friday, February 8th, 2013) morning, and continued building throughout the day. All that evening, and into the next morning, we were buffeted by strong winds and driving snow fall.
By late morning, the storm was largely over, except for the gusting winds. But the snow accumulation was considerable. Stratford officially received about 32″, while neighboring Milford got 38″, and Hamden, farther inland, recorded 40″. But the drifts caused by the strong winds were much higher than these figures in many spots.
All in all, much of New York, New Jersey, and southern New England were affected, including Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire. But according to the news reports, Connecticut and the Boston area seemed hit about the hardest, receiving, on average, about three feet of snow.
But, fortunately, the snow at least was relatively dry and powdery.
At the Poole Ancestral Homestead, in Stratford, where I’d spent the night, drifting snow blocked the front storm door, and made it impossible to open.
So I lowered the front window, and basically dived head-first out of it, right onto the high pile of snow below.
Then cleaned myself off and started clearing it all away.
The neighbors meanwhile (while not laughing at my antics) were busily clearing their driveway and attempting to free their cars. You can get a good idea for how deep the snow actually was from the following two photos:
I devoted the next hour or so to clearing a path to the main sidewalk, digging my way through the deep snow drifts, which in one case I measured as high as about 45″.
The street was covered by large drifts and completely impassable. So I suspect it’s going to be a few days before any of us manage to get out of here.
One thing I love is the variety of shapes often carved in accumulated snow by heavy winds on the lee sides of many structures. Below is an interesting wind-blown shape on the flat metal roof of our side porch:
A few readers might be wondering if all this snow accumulation is going to necessitate another roof raking exercise, as I’d written about nearly two years ago in a past article recently republished here as Snow Screeding Fluffy Slabs. That’s a good question, and the answer is: I’m not sure yet.
This snow fall was relatively dry and light, and although large quantities of snow are on our rooftops, the situation isn’t that dangerous right now. But the forecast is for rain on Monday, and then again for Wednesday. I’d love nothing more than to remove all this overhead snow before Monday. But since my bull float roof rake is elsewhere, and travel still seems well neigh impossible, it might just not happen this time around.
Anyway, that’s a wrap for today. Possibly more tomorrow… Stay tuned if you’re sufficiently interested (or otherwise sufficiently bored ).