Here are a few pictures from 12 hours into the Blizzard of 2015, with about 18 more hours to go.
We were thoroughly daunted to open the garage door at dawn and be faced with 22″ of snow. The pink thing is actually a meter-stick, not a yard-stick. So our Canadian readers can relate directly to the amount of pink stick showing, and our American readers can imagine it without the top ~3.5″.
Part of the reason we were so daunted is that we’ve got a single-stage snowblower whose front opening is only 12″ high. Fortunately — very fortunately — the snow is super fluffy. So each section meant at least 2 passes with the snowblower: one at ground level with most of the snowblower completely covered, then a second to clear the top layer after it collapsed onto the ground behind the snowblower. In addition, due to blizzard-strength winds, the snow could only be thrown easily in one direction, and the left side of the snowblower generally has to be kept on an already-cleared section or it suffocates on its own exhaust. (I’m sure there’s a more technical term for that.)
Me with our faithful snowblower:
Circled area shows that just the top of the snowblower chute actually sticks above the snow:
It took us 1.5 hours to clear the driveway, and by the time we were done, the first sections already had another 2-3″ of snow on them. Wow.