Blizzard in Progress —

Friday, February 8, 2013:

What may or may not be a “historic event,” the “storm of a century”, is in progress outside our house — and all over the Northeast of the United States. The snow began lightly, a few flakes here, a few flakes there, by eight in the morning. It’s now a few minutes until 4 pm, and it’s beginning to get its back into it. We have a steady snowfall, it’s steadily thickening, and there are already three or more inches on the ground. The prediction is for 18 to 24 inches, and it’s doing its best so far.

There are several elements that qualify a storm as a blizzard: deep and heavy snow, extreme cold, high winds, and significant length of duration. Two out of four so far — Β with no question about the duration. The snow is forecast to continue unabated well into tomorrow. Wind, though, is the worst, because it brings in its wake drifting and the blowing snow of white-outs and power outages. So we’ll keep our fingers crossed that three will be sufficient to placate the weather gods.

In a blizzard, or near-blizzard, or simply a heavy snowstorm, there’s not a whole lot to be seen. So far it’s actually serene on our street. I took two videos on my iPhone that captured the quiet (a gentle hiss is all that’s heard) and the serenity — but my tech klutziness makes it impossible to imbed them. Here’s a still photo instead:

Blizzard in Progress ---

That’s the best I can do for you. It’s up to you to imagine the camera panning slowly and silently across the expanse of white, imagine the gentle hiss. Then imagine the hot mulled cider and cookies I’m about to fix. Because when winter treats us like this, we’re entitled to treat ourselves.

May you be warm, dry, and safe wherever you are this day!

(Thanks to my tech guru Rebekah, I may succeed in posting a video. Here goes:)

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26 Responses to Blizzard in Progress —

  1. pauline says:

    The Bean and I bundled up and went out to see what was what. The wind has picked up and it’s turned suddenly colder but we had fun with her little shovel and the so far light and fluffy snow. There are no cars on the road – I guess by now everyone has heard about the driving ban. Heaviest snow and wind are due in the wee hours of the morning. It will be interesting to see what tomorrow brings. Stay warm and safe, even if it’s not the storm of the century for us.

    • Touch2Touch says:

      There was a storm of the century in 1996, I think it was, and again in 1998. Those centuries sure do come around quick!
      Enjoy, guys, and hope it’ll stay fun for little ones.

  2. Claudia Shuster says:

    Thinking of you both and hoping you are safe and warm during this storm! We are a few hours behind you re snow accumulation and expect a little less than you but who knows!!?? As long as we all have power and the clean up goes well…

    • Touch2Touch says:

      So long as we have power — the BIG operative words!
      We’re playing with iPhones and iPads and MacBooks, nothing like a feast of Apples while the storm rages.
      Yes, I think you’re getting off lightly (!) out there in the West. Be warm, dry, and safe. A mantra for all of us —

  3. Naomi says:

    We’re in southern Ontario, and hit hard by the storm, too. Somebody skiied past my house this afternoon, and my kids had a blast playing in waist-high snow after the storm calmed down.

    Stay safe and warm until the worst passes.

    • Touch2Touch says:

      Thanks, Naomi. I was researching the word blizzard this afternoon (seemed appropriate) to find that its origins are only guessed at, not known for sure. But as a phenomenon in the strict sense the word now has, it’s confined to North America by its peculiar geography, and to the polar regions.
      There are bad snowstorms all over the northern world, of course, but the elements that go to make up a blizzard strictly speaking are only found here. So aren’t we lucky????!!!!! Or something —
      Your kids will undoubtedly have more fun in the snow tomorrow πŸ™‚

      • Naomi says:

        Yes – it’s warmed up a bit and the air is clear, so we’re going to take them tobogganing.

        I don’t really mind blizzards. We spent the day playing board games, baking, and reading. Our next door neighbour very kindly used his snowblower to clear our driveway, so we didn’t even need to shovel. πŸ™‚

      • Touch2Touch says:

        What a nice neighbor! Not shoveling = Good.
        Happy trails —

      • Naomi says:

        Has it cleared up for you yet?

      • Touch2Touch says:

        It’s stopped snowing, and the sun is shining. (There’s supposed to be ice pellets tomorrow, but today, the sun!)
        Of course there’s nowhere to put all the snow, so there are mountainous piles everywhere, but that’s another matter.
        How is it up north with you? Did the kids enjoy the tobogganing?

      • Naomi says:

        Yes, they loved it! We have a nice park with a decent sized hill at the end of our street, and we spent a good hour there yesterday. For the last few years, our winters have been rather green, so this is more snow than they ever remember.

        Glad things have settled down for you. A blizzard can be fun for a day or two, but any longer and it loses its lustre.

  4. Gemma says:

    This is very cool, excuse the expression. We are still waiting here in southwest jersey. Cider sounds good. I’ll keep that in mind.

    • Touch2Touch says:

      When the rubber hits the road — or more accurately, when the snow hits the windowpanes, there’s nothing like hot mulled cider or hot chocolate with a cloud of whipped cream on top.

  5. rebekah says:

    It’s 10:30PM here and now we have ‘scattered flurries’. We did our grocery shopping earlier today and ran our errands, so now we’re just going to enjoy. Sounds good about the cider ‘n stuff!

    Rebekah, I have such faith in you that now I’ve got the clip up and posted from Youtube! I don’t know what I’m doing at all, when you say, you can do it this way, I just do. THANK YOU!

  6. Tanner says:

    You all take care ‘over there’ but please don’t send it our way!!

    • Touch2Touch says:

      Julia, we have about 2 feet of snow so far (that’s about 61 centimetres) — and may get a few more this morning!
      Don’t worry, we’ll make sure it snows itself out here before it starts to cross the pond.

  7. How pretty. How pretty! My daughters and I were just talking about how neat it would be to experience something like this. I know I would be ready for warm weather after a day or so, but a moment of seeing their eyes light up when the blizzard blew the snow…. that would be a real treat. Stay warm and stay safe.

    • Touch2Touch says:

      Actually I’m sure your girls WOULD love the experience — especially with a snug warm house, no need to go out, and no loss of power. A niece’s two daughters were out building a snowman this morning. (Maybe it was a snow woman?) Within an hour, though, fresh snow was halfway up the snow person.
      (Of course this snow will be with us probably till May, but that’s another matter.)
      Thanks for thinking of us —

  8. Lovely video of this amazing storm! Hopefully you are safe and warm tonight! After several attempts here to shovel myself out of 3 foot high snow drifts, I surrendered, called the plow folks, and camped out on the couch with a good book. I’ll be here until Monday – can you say “vacation”?

    • Touch2Touch says:

      I just spell it h-i-b-e-r-n-a-t-i-o-n.
      I think you guys got zonked worse than anybody, Jen. (Our son and family in New Haven got the 3 foot deal like you.)
      Hopefully you’re reading your good book by electric light. Having power makes all the difference, at least to me.
      Tomorrow’s Sunday, so no pressure. Enjoy the book!

  9. Jo Bryant says:

    stay safe and warm…and enjoy the chance to cut off from the frenetic pace for a while

  10. Stef says:

    Video mission accomplished! Look at you, all high tech. πŸ™‚

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