Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Blizzard February 2, 2011
We've just experienced the Blizzard of 2011. There were 18 inches of snow on the ground when we woke up this morning. There were reported snow drifts of up to 5 feet at some places in the city! Luckily our snow drifts were only about 2 feet. Luckily our driveway isn't terribly long. This shortened the time we needed to shovel. However, the time spent shoveling was still long and intense. Luckily my husband did the bulk of it. I did about an hour. He was at it even longer than that. It was TERRIBLE!
One nice thing that happens when these storms come is that you see the kind hearts of people. People are helping their neighbors dig their cars out that have been plowed in, people are helping strangers shovel their driveways and sidewalks, and people are pushing stuck cars through snow and ice. There were reports of thousands of stranded motorists in Chicago. How terrible that must have been for them! There were wonderful good Samaritans down there that were bringing hot coffee and granola bars to people that were stranded for hours in their cars on a stretch of road down there.
Thankfully the snow stopped early this morning and we've been able to dig ourselves out with relative ease compared to others. The kids played outside for a bit this morning while we shoveled. That was until their snow pants and gloves were soaked. Then we came in for hot chocolate and to snuggle in a warm blanket. Tomorrow it's back to school and we see how far into the streets cars are parked because the snow keeps them from parking anywhere near the curb. It's going to be frigid temperatures for the next few days (to be expected around here after a snow storm), but I'm hoping it will be warm enough to melt some of this snow before we get a new batch of it.