We woke up Monday morning 12/30/19 to the last winter storm of the year. There was 6 inches of fresh snow on the ground on top of the almost 6 that had fallen yesterday, as well as biting sleet being blown through the trees and against the windows by a gusty wind.
The storm had been forecast days ago, and indications were that it would be a hard one. Though we got the snow with mixed sleet, much of the areas south of us got a rain and sleet mix as well as snow. It was a mess no matter where you were!
After only finishing about half my coffee, I bundled up and threw my snow shoes on. I tagged along with Sue as she took Beau for a winter storm hike through the woods out behind the house. Man, it was cold, and the sleet blew through the trees at us like shots from a thousand snipers.
Sue is so familiar with these woods that she surged ahead, breaking our trail through the crunchy drifts. Beau stuck pretty close behind her as he doesn't care to lead the way through deep snow. It's amazing how close he can follow her without getting clipped with the backs of her snow shoes. I guess that's happened to him in the past because he hung back at just the right distance.
He was hilarious bounding at times off the trail behind Sue and into the woods. But he'd always come back, and track behind her. Sue got him on video racing between us through the woods; you can hear the sleet falling against the crusted snow.
We hiked about a mile and a half, retracing our path back to the house. Because I was already cold, I figured what better time than that to shovel some snow. While Sue took care of the walkways, I did the barn access, oil delivery path, cleared out around my car, and the wood pile areas.
By mid afternoon, the bulk of the hard storm had passed, though it continued to fling sleet against the windows through the evening.
More snow fell after the first plowing; and it kept coming through the night.
New Year's Day after the plow came through yesterday afternoon.
New Year's Day picture of the deep snow hill the plow created after yesterday's storm ended. You can just see Beau along the walkway heading for the back door.