Storm of the Century - Part 1

I'm pretty sure that anyone who is reading this already knows that Pittsburgh got a LOT of snow last night.  February 6, 2010 will go down in history as one of Pittsburgh's biggest winter storms.

Is that a Jeep under there???

Holy snow!!! We had just shy of 22 inches when it was all said and done with.  I left work one hour early and it ended up being a godsend.  It was snowing hard when I left but it was very wet and heavy and was mostly melting as it hit the ground.  It still took me longer than normal to get home, but by the time full rush hour hit (about the same time that I was arriving home), the snow was coming down like crazy, and visibility was horrible. 

We had plans to go out to eat for pizza or something of those sorts but that did not end up happening.  Instead, we stayed inside, watched cars spin out in front of our house as they tried to get up the hill (our house just happens to be at the steepest and most dangerous part of road - cars always spin and/or slide there when the weather is bad.)  

Before we went to bed we took a trip down the driveway to the road.  I don't think we really understood before that point just how much snow there really was.  Our dog - who we learned stands about 15 inches high when he's on all 4 legs - had to jump like a deer to get around.  I think there were about 8 inches at this point. 

Dave and Murphy standing in the middle of our road at 11 p.m.

We went to bed, crossing our fingers that our power wouldn't go out.  We have an emergency generator but realized shortly after hearing about all of the power outages that we did not have any gas in cans to power it.  Fail on our part. 

The next morning we woke up to a winter wonderland.  A-Mazing.  We had a lazy breakfast, watched the news, and then headed outside shortly before 11 a.m. to start shoveling our massive driveway.  I'll let the pictures tell the story.

 "I see some snow over here to the right."

Making progress.... 

And to think that earlier in the morning I thought that my contribution to the shoveling would be clearing the sidewalk.... HA!

 About 2 hours into the shoveling marathon

 Nearing the bottom of the driveway (but don't get too excited - we didn't really do the top of it yet)

Our street - enough room for one lane of traffic

I think that's enough for one post.  But don't worry! Part 2 coming soon, with the subtitle "Hartman's do the craziest things."


Ms2Mrs said...

Similar to my situation. However I had a toro power shovel which was a god send.

stay warm and glad you had power

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