It's Spring...somewhere

Thanks, ski3pin.
If we ever get snow this year (haven't used the blower yet) I will try one you recommended.
I haven't had to clear snow yet this year. Lakes are very low.
 
smlobx said:
Ski please post up some pictures of your tractor at work when you get a chance. It brings back memories of when I was a kid and we had huge (for me anyways) snowstorms in NH.

Thus far this storm has been a pip squeak compared to the snow totals that were predicted for here. Yesterday morning we woke to 6". Yesterday we received an additional 3". Overnight we received 8" and cleaned that up early this morning.

We live on a private road. With the tractor and snowblower I clear our upper driveway.



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The road down past the neighbor below us and her parking area





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and our lower driveway






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I clear the road up past our neighbor above, his driveway and parking, and the plow berm on the county road





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Julie usually has the 10' x 30' deck and the walkways shoveled by the time I'm done with the tractor work. If I can't stop her, she's up at the neighbors above clearing off his car.






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To burn off energy she'll also get out and scrape everything down to black pavement.


The hardest part of cleanup is when the sun hits and the snowbombs come out of the ponderosa and cedars. It immediately freezes up into rock hard cement.


The forecast -




Today
Snow showers. Patchy blowing snow after 4pm. High near 33. South southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.


Tonight
Snow showers, mainly before 10pm. Patchy blowing snow before 10pm. Low around 26. Southwest wind 9 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.


Monday
A 40 percent chance of snow showers, mainly after 10am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 35. South southwest wind around 9 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.


Monday Night
Rain and snow showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 33. South wind 9 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.


Tuesday
Rain and snow showers likely, becoming all rain after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41. South wind around 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.


Tuesday Night
Showers likely, mainly before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. Chance of precipitation is 70%.


Wednesday
A chance of rain and snow showers before 1pm, then a chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.


Wednesday Night
A chance of showers before 10pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 30.


Thursday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 44.
 
When snowfall forecasts state "up to..." or "as much as..." I see that they're erring on the side of caution, warning people of the worst case scenario -- for safety.
BUT: It can also lead to a "boy who cried wolf" situation. Personally, when I hear ".. up to a foot of new snow possible at Cascade passes.. " I automatically assume, "OK, so it'll be about 6-8 inches" -- because it's rarely as much as they predict "possible".
That's why I really like how AccuWeather (for one source) presents precipitation forecasts -- as a simple table of probabilities (such as this example from my screenshot archive):
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Just gimme the facts.

But...wuddya gonna do about people who travel without even looking at a forecast of any sort...?
Oh well.
 
This has been a very interesting storm. In our central coast area ,Monterey Bay we had a real official tornado warning last night about 6:30. Put out over the phone/radio station we were listening to and the TV. It was an area of very severe weather within
a few miles of our home. Only amounted to some winds and hail.
The warning had a bit of humor in it.It advised to go to our basements,yeah right. Basements in California.
Frank
 
In spite of the authorities asking people to postpone travel if they didn't "need" to travel its seems a majority just wanted to go see/play in the snow.
 
smlobx said:
Wow! You really didn't get much snow (relatively). Well we're not over Winter yet.
From "The Big One" storm that's now tapering off, we received 22" of snow and over 3.5" of rain before it turned to snow.
 
ski - your travels to death valley are the opposite environment of your home area. good luck with the snow removal. just rain here in the pdx area.
go
 
goinoregon said:
ski - your travels to death valley are the opposite environment of your home area. good luck with the snow removal. just rain here in the pdx area.
go
Indeed! We are soon to get out of this rain in PDX and head down to Death Valley and environs. It will be 77 and mostly sunny in Stovepipe Wells today!
 
It was snowing when I woke up yesterday and hwy 101 was closed between Seaside and Cannon Beach because of ice.
 
no pics, but have been wearing shorts all day every day here in Baja for the last month. winter in name only
 
Winter storm, snowing pretty good. I could go out and shovel the driveway.... Maybe I'll wait and see if the sun comes out tomorrow and does it for me. :D
 
pvstoy said:
Winter storm, snowing pretty good. I could go out and shovel the driveway.... Maybe I'll wait and see if the sun comes out tomorrow and does it for me. :D
Patrick, how did waiting for the sun and snow removal work for you? That kind of attitude doesn't work around here.

We have some more Spring weather rolling in -


Winter Weather Advisory
Code:
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Sacramento CA
125 PM PDT Wed Apr 3 2024

CAZ069-041200-
/O.CON.KSTO.WW.Y.0013.240404T0600Z-240406T0600Z/
West Slope Northern Sierra Nevada-
Including the city of Blue Canyon
125 PM PDT Wed Apr 3 2024

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM PDT THIS
EVENING TO 11 PM PDT FRIDAY...

* WHAT...Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 12
  inches above 3500 feet. Local accumulations of 18 to 24 inches
  over the highest peaks south of Highway 50. Winds gusting as
  high as 45 mph.

* WHERE...West Slope Northern Sierra Nevada including Interstate
  80 over Donner Pass, Highway 50 over Echo Summit and Highway 88
  over Carson Pass.

* WHEN...From 11 PM PDT this evening to 11 PM PDT Friday.

* IMPACTS...Travel could be difficult with slick roads and
  possible chain controls leading to delays. Gusty winds could
  bring down tree branches.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Snow levels 6000 to 7000 feet this evening,
  lowering to 2500 to 3500 feet by Thursday morning. Snow levels
  drop to around 2000 feet briefly Friday morning.
 
ski3pin said:
Patrick, how did waiting for the sun and snow removal work for you? That kind of attitude doesn't work around here.

We have some more Spring weather rolling in -

Winter Weather Advisory

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Sacramento CA
125 PM PDT Wed Apr 3 2024

CAZ069-041200-
/O.CON.KSTO.WW.Y.0013.240404T0600Z-240406T0600Z/
West Slope Northern Sierra Nevada-
Including the city of Blue Canyon
125 PM PDT Wed Apr 3 2024

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM PDT THIS
EVENING TO 11 PM PDT FRIDAY...

* WHAT...Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 12
inches above 3500 feet. Local accumulations of 18 to 24 inches
over the highest peaks south of Highway 50. Winds gusting as
high as 45 mph.

* WHERE...West Slope Northern Sierra Nevada including Interstate
80 over Donner Pass, Highway 50 over Echo Summit and Highway 88
over Carson Pass.

* WHEN...From 11 PM PDT this evening to 11 PM PDT Friday.

* IMPACTS...Travel could be difficult with slick roads and
possible chain controls leading to delays. Gusty winds could
bring down tree branches.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Snow levels 6000 to 7000 feet this evening,
lowering to 2500 to 3500 feet by Thursday morning. Snow levels
drop to around 2000 feet briefly Friday morning.
Eeeeeeeek!
 
Towing a travel trailer has made me a WEATHER WIMP!
Yes, me! I pride myself on decades of experience safely driving in snow...including in my car when snowing hard and through deep snow in my truck. Certainly never bothered by high winds.

But now, towing my 19-foot travel trailer, I'm having to think about my planned route home: through Albuquerque, Flagstaff, Las Vegas, Tonopah, Austin, Winnemucca -- with high wind warnings and/or snow forecast along that route.

I'm in eastern New Mexico, near I-40, tonight, and I think my best bet -- for the wind at least -- is to drive as far west as I can tomorrow.

I'm not really on a schedule, so I could just hunker down somewhere if conditions for trailer towing are bad... We'll see.
 
Ski it would have worked waiting. I could not wait and did it with a snow shovels especially on the north surfaces. The sun was out and the 6 inches went pretty fast.

Oh spring, don't like the current weather, just wait and it will change.
 
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