Snowpocalypse 2011: February 2, 7:00 a.m.

by , posted on Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011 at 8:56 am

The sun is up, and…I’ve seen worse. Of course the snow has not stopped falling yet, so it could get worse, but I think at this point what we can expect is a little more accumulation over the day – maybe a few more inches.

The accumulation here, so far, is not as heavy as I expected, but then again there is a lot of drifting.

The view from the front door:

And here’s the drift against the front door, still not too high:

Then again, here’s a shot from the side door that shows the drift against that door is deeper, and the neighbor’s car (and the garbage cans and the snowblower) pretty deep in drifts.

If you look closely at the right side of the shot above, you’ll see the front bumper of the mini-van – it’s going to take a while to dig that out. Here’s a shot of the snow between the van and the house.

As opposed to the two other cars in the front of the driveway, which are not so deep in drift:

Most of the drifts seem to be fetched up against objects toward the south. Like I said, I’ve seen worse blizzards. Hope everyone is safe this morning. I have no idea how bad it may be in Chicago, with lake effect snow, I suspect it may snow prettily heavily there far longer than it will here – I need to go check the local news. But out here in the boonies I expect we’ll be mostly dug out by tonight.

UPDATE: I just did go look at the local news, and they are predicting this one will go into the books as the third biggest blizzard in Chicagoland, after 1967 and 1999, so, yes, I have seen bigger blizzards. According to this article in the Daily Herald, the roads here in Kane County are officially closed. Also, if you do go out, you can expect to become stranded, and since they still have local snowmobile clubs rescuing people who got stuck last night (including police and snow plow drivers) you can expect to take a number and wait for help for a long, long time.

So lets all stay home for a while, okay?


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