Obligatory Snow Post

Polar vortex. Arctic blast. COLD COLD COLD. I’m sure many of you have seen and heard about the ridiculous amount of snow and cold the Midwest and Northeast has received, but I am still in shock over all of it.

Snowmageddon, as we refer to it here in the Mitten State, happened two years ago in February and it was pretty bad (or so we thought). We got roughly 8-9 inches, and it was cold, but nothing we couldn’t handle. Then this year. This was theĀ real Snowmageddon. Ever since early December, we’ve received snowfall with a fair amount of accumulations every weekend or so. Christmas we received a lot of snow (ice storm up by my parents), same goes for New Years, and now this past weekend.

Saturday I took full advantage of the sun and somewhat warm temperatures and took the dog on a much needed walk around the neighborhood. It’s a good thing I did, because the snow came later that night.

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As you can see, the snow was still pretty deep for him even then. So then that afternoon into that evening, the whole winter storm advisories came through, the warning of cold temps headed our way during the week came in, and we just kind of shrugged and said “bring it.” …and oh, was it brought’n! I woke up on Sunday and couldn’t believe the amount of snow we had received and how much was still falling.

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I know it doesn’t seem like much, but it was pretty awful. REB and I shoveled three times together on Sunday. Since we have a corner lot, we’re also responsible for the sidewalk/easement that runs alongside our house and in front, so by the time we were done with all of that, we had to re-shovel the driveway because it had accumulated again. He even shoveled late that night around 11 once he was done working out!

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We had already received emails about working from home on Monday, or having a snow day, so it was at least nice that we had another day at home.

Not when you have to shovel though. Again.

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We have some wonderful neighbors with heavy duty snow blowers and they actually came through and cleared all the driveways in our cul de sac, and the sidewalks that run in front of and alongside the houses. Note to self: make cookies for said neighbors as a HUGE thank you. However, that didn’t stop REB and I from shoveling. Because of the wind and the temps dropping, we had a fair amount of drift, which blocked our garage door leading out to the backyard, so we had to shovel all that away and also shovel a path for the dog so he could actually getĀ into the backyard to TCB. We appropriately named him Sir Stumpinton since watching him hop around in our yard with snow up to his neck, was pretty derp and cute.

So the final tally for Ann Arbor was 10-11 inches, but in some areas of our yard we had accumulations of up to 17 inches. My parents (1 hour north) got roughly 17 inches, which tops out the most in the Lower Peninsula for Michigan.

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View from our driveway

And finally I had to take the obligatory picture of me next to one of those snowbanks.

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The last time I took a picture with a snowbank as tall as me, was when my family and I lived in Houghton, MI in the UP. I was about 7 or 8 years old then. And believe me, being a kid in a blizzard/snowstorm situation is way more fun than having to deal with it as an adult. I think we’re supposed to get more snow this week, but because the temps are in the negatives (with wind chills at -42 or something ridiculous), we may not have as much accumulation. Here’s hoping!

So, I hope everyone stays safe and stays warm! And for those of you in warmer climates and states…send us some of that sunshine, will ya? :)

 

8 thoughts on “Obligatory Snow Post

  1. Ameena

    It was 5 degrees here in NYC yesterday, with a wind chill of 10 below…I can only imagine how much colder it is where you are. Stay warm!!

    And hopefully the warm up that is coming our way will come your way as well.

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    1. Aparna B. Post author

      Thanks girlie! It sucks, but we gotta deal with it :\ The funny thing is, I used to live in Houghton, MI in the U.P. (waaaay up there at the tip) but i was a kid so having snow days with tons of snow meant endless hours playing outside with friends while my parents had to do all the shoveling and responsible things. Now I feel their pain ;) haha

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  2. Amber

    I’m glad you both got snow days and I’m glad I didn’t die on the road because it was not fun driving in that mess.

    Hopefully the temperatures increase soon but we get to keep the snow – I’d like to go tobogganing!

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    1. Aparna B. Post author

      I still can’t believe you had to go into work on Monday. Such crap. It was not safe to be on the roads! Ugh. I can deal with snow (as much as I’d prefer not this much of it) but you’re right: the cold temps kill the fun of it! I’ve never been tobogganing. You should go to the Toboggan run at Kensington MetroPark in Novi!

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