|The mountain trail near the farm early this morning when we had half the snow that we do now.|
Yesterday, we learned that not only was a storm incoming over night, but that our daughter had the flu and was pretty much confined to her new home. I went over yesterday and dropped off bottled water because she does not yet have the Simple Pump as we do, which would allow her to pump water during an outage. She looked more or less ready to make it through such a storm, and the day before she had new tires placed on her car.
|Early this morning.|
This morning, we were still surprised to see so much snow, especially so late in the season. The lights went off and on here, which is a sure sign that some of the overhead power lines a distance from here, have a tree lying against them. Eventually we lost power. Our son who commutes to college found that classes had been cancelled. My husband found that there were deep drifts on the roadway making it impossible for him to go to work. Our daughter called in to tell us that she was also out of power, but was no longer febrile and thought she might be a little better. She called in to work to find that everyone there was being dismissed for the day due to rapidly collecting snow. A friend told her that a car had turned over on the route she normally takes to work. We called the power company whose recording tells us that they have multiple outages over a great distance and are unsure when any restoration of power will occur.
My husband normally keeps enough diesel to run our generators for a few days. However, he had used it in our diesel vehicles in order to rotate our stock. He headed out early this morning to try to get more diesel. I think this was probably more of an adventure than anything else. He returned an hour and a half later having helped neighbors remove trees from across roads, and having slid into a ditch when another truck ran too quickly in the center of the road.
Presently, the generator is running, and we have internet. We have about 12 inches of snow in most places, as of noon. We have drifts because we have wind gusts to 30 mph. If you stand outside, you can hear trees snapping and falling over under the weight of the snow. One of my favorite cedar trees over by the garage has cracked and collapsed this morning.
|This is the kennel area. The dogs all seem fine.|
|Another area of the farm. All the animals though it would be a good idea to stay in today. I can't say I blame them.|
The television station in Charlottesville, Virginia which is quite a distance from here is off the air, but the weather alerts we receive via e-mail say that the snow will continue until midnight tonight. I must go now, and knock the heavy snow off the back deck of the house. Stay safe, wherever you are.
UPDATE: When the snow was finished, we had twelve inches of wet and heavy snow. First, we lost electricity, then landline telephone, and then internet. The diesel generator started right up. Our largest concern was that our daughter, who bought a house last year within ten miles, also lost landline, and electricity. We recently bought 27 mile Walkie-Talkies from Wal-Mart, which have allowed us to stay in touch. She is not only a juvenile diabetic, but she has the flu, so we immediately asked her if she wanted to stay in her room here. She wanted to stay home thinking that her power would be restored soon.
Then, we heard cracking. In all we have lost two oak trees, a gorgeous tall cedar split in half, and we have really severe splitting damage to the tall and numerous arborvitae. The animals are all well and fine, choosing to stay in to all the outbuildings.
Last evening, my husband decided to head out for more diesel. We normally store quite a bit, but stock must be rotated, and he believed that our Winter season was over, and so we used it in our vehicles. Now we are scrambling for adequate diesel. He took one of the trucks out last evening and found everyone out of power for 50 miles. Lowe's had a generator and was up and running quite a distance from here, but of course, does not sell diesel. The internet, but not the electricity or phone, came back just a few minutes ago.