This one defied all of the model predictions and dumped 8.3" (officially measured at Mitchell International Airport which is right on top of Lake Michigan in southeast Milwaukee). It started snowing at 2:30 p.m. yesterday afternoon, and another 4 inches fell during the day today, with more lake-effect snow overnight. Sigh.
There were also strong winds (sustained 20 to 35 mph) out of the northeast off Lake Michigan, which meant big drifts.
When I got up extra-early this morning and took a look outside, I knew there was no way I was going to make it into work today. Couldn't even make it out of the house to the road (which had not yet been plowed). My driveway and the sides of the house got hammered! The important part is the driveway, because that is my main entrance to my house - I do not have a separate sidewalk to my front door. I don't drive and don't own a car, but I need to shovel a 30 foot path from my front door down the driveway to the road (my subdivision does not have sidewalks, thank Goddess!) Not something I'm supposed to do (shovel) with my heart issues. But I had to get out of the house. I shoveled a shovel-wide path. The rest of the piled up snow (we had a storm last week that dumped snow) will be here until June, I think...
It was pretty though, and with mild temperatures in the 30's not unpleasant as long as you don't mind snow pelting you in the face despite hood and scarf! I took photos from inside the house early this morning -- the snow was 4" deeper once I started shoveling. The last three photos below are of the backyard, all the rest were taken out of my front window or front door.
|I took this picture through the front door - you can see the drops of melted snow on the other side of the glass.|
I loved the contrast between the snow and the red berries still clinging to the barberry shrub at the front porch.