Friday night 01/28/22 through Saturday night we got hit with a huge Nor'easter that just buried us up here on the mountain.
Snow came down at times 2 inches an hour with the wind at 25 mph causing whiteout conditions and pushing the temperature well below zero. We just stayed inside by the wood stove enjoying it from the warmth inside.
Friday morning, Sue and I drove up to Moultonborough to her Uncle Ronald's house. It'll be his 88th birthday on Sunday, but with the storm looming we decided to run up Friday.
Sue spent all Friday morning fixing a massive pork roast in the oven to take up. I had sous chef duties of cutting up the onions, garlic, and carrots, and adding them to the pot in the oven with sprigs of rosemary after an hour, and let that go until just before we left. We headed out just after 11:00am and pulled into Ronald's driveway just after noon, just behind her brother Alan, and Kathleen.
It's a beautiful drive up to Moultonborough, but not so much in a snowstorm. So, I kept my eye out the whole time for any weather change, though the storm wasn't supposed to hit until Friday evening. Well, just as we drove back into the driveway, it started spitting a very light snow.
By the time we got up Saturday morning, it was snowing heavily. The wind kept it from mounting up, instead pushing it into big piles as the storm got progressively worse. At the height of it all, Sue headed out with her snowshoes to walk Beau back in the woods. The snow was coming down 2 inches an hour with 25 mph winds whipping through the trees driving the temps down well below zero. Do NOT mess with Susan....
By late evening the snow was coming down so heavy that even the wind couldn't blow it all away. Though the drifts were really mounting up — like up the the lower window sills — there must have been at least 10 or 12 inches down. I kept going out to shovel off the back steps every time I grabbed a couple of armfuls of wood from the stand on the porch.
Rob came by around 8:00 pm to plow out the driveway and shovel the walks, but I had to shovel off the back stairs just before I headed off to bed around 10:00pm and there was at least another 3 to 4 inches that had fallen. And when I looked out the window around 3:00am, you couldn't even tell that Rob had plowed or shoveled.
I heard Rob's truck back in the driveway around 6:00am, and when I got up, the storm had quit and there was just a dusting of snow on the driveway and walks, though I did have to go out to shovel out the mailbox and dryer vent and propane tank areas while Sue shoveled out the basement bulkhead access area, and made a path through the snow so Beau could head in that direction to do his bid'ness.
The wind was still pitching a real fit, and the temperature 'real feel' was reading -9 degrees below zero. Terrific. We kept the wood stove going all day for sure!
'Believe' plaque taken through the window Friday before heading out to Ronald's.
Wood rack is full and ready for the storm.
9:42am Saturday morning, and things are really deteriorating.
Taken at 1:34pm.
Sue took this picture at the height of the storm around 3:00pm as she was snowshoeing with Beau back in the woods behind the house. 25 mph winds with wind chill of very negative values, and snow coming down heavily. By evening, you couldn't even see the snowshoe tracks in the snow she had made.
After coming in and getting warmed up, Sue sat down to practice her painting, and what a great job resulted from that! Wow!
Picture taken out the window of the propane tanks with 15 inches of snow piled on top of them, and snow crawling up the outside wall almost to the kitchen window sill.
9:28am Sunday morning showing the huge pile of not only blown snow, but from the shoveling from the walkway.
Some random shots of the depth of the snow piled up against the house.
Snow piled up higher than the wood piles! It'll be June before that stuff can melt!
The Snow Depth Chair showing well over 18 inches of snow.
Sue got this great shot through the frosted window of the snow buried screen house up on the hill out back.
And I took this shot up the hill out back at 1:30pm of Sue heading off into the woods on her snowshoes with Beau.