More than a dusting, less than a Nor’easter

The snow the weather folks had been talking about for days — Nor’easter was their fright word I shared with in yesterday’s post direct from my wait in the car dealer’s service waiting room — finally showed up at our house in the Syracuse city nieghborhood of Syracuse after 10 last night.

My verdict this morning:

Enough that I’ll have to clothes-up and clean my dear wife Karen’s car off before she leaves for work.

Somewhat less than a Nor’easter. Yet the local weather guy just came on and is still calling for a foot’s worth in the city by tomorrow at this time and double that in the surrounding hills. Reporters already are sending in their reports from slick roads. School delays are crawling across tye bottom of the screen non-stop.

It still looks pretty, though.

Out front, from our side porch.

Out front, from our side porch.

Cars to be cleaned off.

Street not yet plowed this morning.

Street not yet plowed this morning.

The hill to avoid, going up and down.

Our house, off to the far neighbor's.

Our house, off to the far neighbor’s.

The Little Bitty, in which to stay warm.

An update after brushing off the cars: I’d call it three inches of snow, with more still falling. After posting my WAER community blog there and here and sending my photos over to my editor there for him to add, I’ll be back outside to shovel the driveway.

Have you been hit by much snow yet this season, and if so how much? Do you brush the snow off your car or hope the windshield wipers and rush of the wind does the job? What temperature do you set the thermostat in the winter?

83 thoughts on “More than a dusting, less than a Nor’easter

  1. I always brush the snow off my car… seems rather uncivilized to subject fellow commuters to flying chunks of snow or ice when I’m going 70 miles down the highway. ๐Ÿ™‚

    So far, while we’ve had several snow events, none have amounted to much. Our biggest months for snow are January and February… can’t wait (she says with sarcasm). ๐Ÿ˜€

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  2. You are certainly walking in a winter wonderland. Our heat is set to 66 but not moving, as it is mild out yonder window. Not cold enough to feel sorry for the trashman picking up trash today, but cool enough to imbibe cocoa later.

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  3. As I sit here with my air conditioner on, Mark, I am SO jealous of your weather! That is just gorgeous! Actually, I had the heater on an hour ago, and the A/C on now. That’s the way it rolls here. What time does your snow plow come?

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  4. Thermostat set at a cozy 73 and thank God, no snow yet. A few flakes a few weeks back, but still nothing for the next ten days. They are calling for 60 degrees this weekend. Which I will believe when it does. They are monitoring something ominous sounding Christmas week, but they can’t yet say severe or snow. Where I live, one is as likely as the other. What does Ellie B think of the snow?

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    • I hope you get your 60s, Apple Pie, and nothing ominous Christmas week, either. That would be pretty obnoxious.

      Ellie B loves racing around the backyard in the snow like a crazy dog. She buries her toys in it and digs them up willy-nilly. And, she will snow-drift dive, too. I stand on the top step of the covered porch and laugh at her antics. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. We had a little snow in late October or early November — very early for Kentucky. None since. I’m from Michigan where we’d have expected snow several times by now. Not as much as Buffalo though, generally. Mostly winters here are pretty light by my standards but there’s much hysteria around every 1″ snowfall… Occasionally somebody up there decides to give us a Michigan experience. Which makes me miss California. Some people who move out there say they miss the seasons but I didn’t miss northern winters a bit! I’m with all those folks above who are happy to be in CA. I liked looking at your photos though — it IS pretty. In a photo. From very far away ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. maybe not a nor’easter, but it’s more than dusting! We haven’t had snow for weeks (though there’s still a few inches on the ground), but brrrrrr… is it cold. Boo snow and cold. The car thing kills me–pain in the rear to scrape it, brush it off, etc. Shame it’s all so pretty!

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  7. Not so much snow yet Mark. Some, but it left. Had some bitter cold, but it left. It’s appropriately cold now. I haven’t even had time to check and see what’s coming! So I could be in for a surprise I guess. ๐Ÿ™‚ I do like snow for Christmas so I hope that’s in store. But otherwise I’m pretty happy with the warm temps and missing the sun. I swear I haven’t seen it in weeks!

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    • And the rolling expanse of Texas, right, Penny? ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll post more after I shovel again and make the driveway banks higher. You keep putting up those beach pix please and thank you. Keeps me happier here after I get done tossing the white stuff onto the snow bank.

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  8. It looks awesome from here in Florida where it was 37 degrees F. this morning with a cold northeast wind blowing. You and Karen stay safe. โค

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  9. It snowed for ten minutes the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Enough for everyone to hit Facebook and Twitter about it and for out of town relatives for the holiday to laugh at us.

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  10. Keep it there! As mentioned, our world shuts down in the south with even an inch of the demonic white stuff. No bread or milk to be had at the local Walmart (my theory is that southerners make french toast during said events), no snow plows (they just spray the road with some useless anti-icing stuff), and wide spread power outages. Most businesses either close or change their hours…except McDonalds, because it is okay for 16 year olds to drive. Yep, you can keep it.

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    • Oh, sis, Arkansas snow panic would be something to see for us northerners, I’d guess. As for McDonald’s, I think HQ believes the whole world lives in bright-and-sunny. I hope you are well, Lynne.

      Your sis told our niece Kimi on FB the other day that the movie she was watching was filmed here in Syracuse and got a good rise out of her. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Mark, dearest friend, I’ve been getting flashbacks and it is terrible. Our neighbors are having a house built and all day long I’ve heard the beeping of machinery … and it is reminding me of the constant truck noise during the storm. I’ve really stepped away from blogging right now to gain my Balance back yet when I saw what is happening to you, I had to comment. I hope you and your family are OK. Love, Amy

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      • We are OK. Ellie B and I are warm as I blog in the living room, and Karen is safe downtown at work, just 3.5 miles from our house in Eastwood. I will go out and shovel our driveway the second time at 4:30 so it will be clear when she pulls back in from work. Thank you, Amy.

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      • Much relieved you and your family are safe. And the noise that was triggering me is gone. Oh, Mark, I had no idea how catastrophic and ongoing something I experienced like this storm can be. I pray these flashbacks stop period. My Compassion for those people who experience Natural Disasters has now been enforced. My Heart really goes out to them. Now I KNOW what it is like. Yes, and in this much Good has come about. Another layer of Compassion has formed within my Heart. (((HUGS))) Amy

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  11. Glad it wasn’t much, but it sure looks beautiful. We’ve been waiting on the snow here, but it’s been in the 50s for weeks now. Maybe soon. Oh, and I always clean the car off (or my husband does) before heading out. It makes for an unpleasant drive to have the driver ahead of you and their snow packed car blowing off into yours as you’re driving.

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      • Yes! Ice is brutal here. And, of course, true Southern drivers make no accomodations for weather in their driving at all! That’s why you see cars careening off roadsides left and right when there is the slightest bit of “weather”, as they call it. We know how to drive in snow, but stay home because we’re terrified of the other drivers. When we do have snow, they plow the main roads but the secondary ones are left to melt, as a rule. That’s the main reason schools get shut down. The busses can’t get in.

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      • If only everybody knew this one driving rule in “weather.” Keep your speed steady. Avoid sudden acceleration and braking whenever possible. We’d all be so much better for it, wouldn’t we, Barbara?

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  12. It looks beautiful but cold! Burr. I usually keep my thermastat at 67-69 degrees. I sit at my kitchen table a lot and sometimes am known to turn on the oven to warm it up. (I know, shouldn’t do that). But I don’t have a fireplace. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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  13. Glad it wasn’t the big one, mark. it’s still in the really pretty stage. A couple of weeks ago, we had a couple of inches of snow, but it’s given way to 40-50 degree weather lately. Who knew? When it gets cold and snowy, I crank up the heat in the cottage and layer up to go out!

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