Yesterday I blogged about a winter storm warning for the Northeast – we got a heavy, wet snow from this storm. On my way to work it was raining with a little sleet. Relatively speaking, it was warm at 31 degrees F. Not a good situation when you consider the temperatures are going to drop and the rain will freeze. In other areas of our region it was snowing all day. In the city of Buffalo more than 30 plows were on the road and from the PA line to Rochester, the New York State thruway had 100 plows! This does not include all the plows in the suburbs. Earlier in the day, they tried to salt the roads but the rain and snow mixture washed it away. In areas receiving snow, it was heavy and at times did not look like the plows were out.
Over the next few hours the rain/sleet mixture turned to a wet snow but it was not sticking to the road. However, by the time I left work it was sticking to the roads. Our vehicles were covered with snow – so I remotely started my jeep to start melting it. When I got outside, there was frozen ice on my vehicle with a heavy, wet packed snow that was more like concrete. I used my snowbrush and no snow came off my jeep! You had to break a spot in the snow and then pull chunks of snow off the vehicle. One of the developers, Rich, came over and helped me get critical areas cleared. (How is that for developer and tester relationships!)? I had to use my hands to clear some of the snow because the brush was not helping! It was just sliding over the snow. Normally when you leave snow on your vehicle it blows off on the way home. You try not to leave too much snow otherwise it slides down onto your window or creates a mini-whiteout for another driver. Because of that, I like to properly clear off the snow but it was packed and frozen solid. The roads were a bit slow going but not too bad. It only took me a few extra minutes to get home.
In the below picture, I am at home and the snow did not move!
I had to deal with a mixture of frozen ice and snow on the door handles!
Good luck getting the running boards cleared! It was frozen solid!
Below are a few pictures of our gardens that I took as it was getting dark and it was snowing!