Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Christmas Whited out

      I live one block north of the Buffalo city line. Usually, the Lake Erie snowbands stay south of the city due to westerly winds. Because of a southwest storm, the wind came directly down the Lake and dumped itself for 2 days over my house and the surrounding area. Friday morning we had all green grass. At 7:30 am, the rain instantly turned to snow and heavy winds started (60-70 mph gusts). It stayed the same until 10:30 pm Saturday (Christmas Eve). On Christmas, the sun came out, but we were stuck and everything was closed. Then the snow band came back and gave us another 6" but lighter this time with no winds.
     It took us 2 days to dig out out the driveway and walk. The snow was comparable to concrete in weight and hardness. None of our Christmas plans were realized. I do thank God that we did not lose power or heat like many in the city. We were not in peril, we had plenty of food as I had stocked up for the holidays and storm.
     I can't tell you how sad I am people froze to death and the looters have destroyed many businesses. They are ticketing people for driving around, but the looters go free. I cannot understand this. I believe the leaders were unprepared with workable plans. The National Guard should have been here. Snowmobiles and ATVS should have been enlisted beforehand. Apartment complexes should have had generators, especially the federal and state subsidized ones who only have electric heat. Oh, it is so distressing for so many families here.
     I have so many photos. I will show the storm and the sun on Christmas day. In a later post, I will show our cleanup efforts. Because of such strong wind, the snow made huge drifts and in some places the grass showed.

My sister in law's car got buried.

What driveway?

Those dark clouds in the back is the snowband as it moved south.


Connie Kresin Campbell said...

Stay safe Linda and please be careful going outside and shoveling! That really happened fast and thank goodness you didn't lose power and had food. I also feel sorry for all of the people and animals caught out in that storm.

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

Ditto what Connie said!!
Good grief!!
Please stay safe!! - ;))

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

It really is a shame there wasn't more coordinated planning ahead because the forecasts had you in the bulls-eye several days in advance. I'm glad you were safe and didn't lose power. I know photos don't really show how bad it was.

Vicki W said...

I have been wondering how you were doing! Thanks for sharing all of the photos. I can't even imagine that much snow. I'm glad you were OK and didn't lose power. The looting is insane. People have totally lost a moral compass. Hopefully they will be found and prosecuted. Stay safe and warm! I hope you get some warmer temperatures soon.

Anonymous said...

I grew up 20 miles east of Buffalo and can remember a few times you couldn't see the grainery from the house because of the drift and banks thrown up by the snow plows. I joined the AF Jan 2, 1976 and spent the rest of the winter in Texas & Mississippi. Played around with winter in Missouri one year, transferred to Nebraska then married a south bound assignment to Montgomery, AL. Finally settled in Oklahoma and while we get a few cold chilly days, it's nothing compared to the Lake Erie snow effect. Stay safe & stay warm. I'm staying south of the Mason/Dixon line!

Gene Black said...

That is an insane amount of snow. I was in Ohio in 78-79 for a huge blizzard. I had never seen that much snow in my life - and I hope to never see that much again.
I am glad you and Hubby are safe.

Mystic Quilter said...

Horrendous!!! I was going to try and email you but thought maybe everything was out!! So happy to read that you are safe and that heating was not a problem for you. We have this on TV every night but hadn't heard - as yet -about the looters, how can they do that!!! Hope you continue to be warm and well fed!

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

That is just crazy!!!
So... how do you take care of outside animals? I mean, we had to dig pathways to the barn - but its not like concrete, or up that high on our house....

I'm not sure I could handle your snow!! Glad you had plenty of food and power!!