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Sun, Jan. 5th, 2014, 06:39 pm
Snowmageddon? Snowpocalypse? Snow, You Know Nothing...?

As a reminder, I'm in extreme west Ypsilanti, MI, basically just south of the Ann Arbor/Ypsi border. At this writing, I have about 4" of snow on the porch. I just spoke with my sister, NW corner of Ann Arbor, and they've been shoveling all day -- sounds like at least a foot.

In other words, highly variable amounts of actual snowfall, but a decent amount no matter where you are. And the cold is comin' tomorrow.

I don't have to go anywhere, and I'm not planning to. As long as the power stays on, I'm great. And I've only had it go out for more than a few minutes twice since I moved in here five-and-a-half years ago. (I love underground power cables. The only time we have a serious outage is when the cables leading into the complex go down. Although there was the one time a transformer loudly blew, the next block over....)

How is it where you are, and how are you holding up? More importantly, do you need any assistance that someone online could provide?

ETA: A total of about 7" here. Shifting winds and who knows what other factors meant we (Ann Arbor/SE Michigan) got hit with between six and thirteen inches, depending on where you are. Thankfully, the same kids who took care of my porch last week just got done clearing it again, so I'm officially ready for any damn thing.

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Mon, Jan. 6th, 2014 12:31 am (UTC)
alverant

Well it's been snowing here all day and tomorrow is supposed to be friggin cold tomorrow -13. My boss called about an hour ago and said if I didn't come into work tomorrow it would be OK due to snow and cold (it would be scheduled PTO not unscheduled PTO - there's a difference). My first thought was that it would be OK, that I could get to work. After all the chaos of the holidays I really wanted to get back to normal. Now after seeing the temperature and the snow out there, maybe I should take the day off and stay here.

As long as the power doesn't go, I'll be OK. I have to clean the oven too. My Christmas dinner spilled grease on the bottom of the oven so next time I tried to use it, the house filled with smoke.

Mon, Jan. 6th, 2014 06:46 pm (UTC)
filkertom

Good luck on the oven cleaning, and thank FSM your boss is reasonable about this.

Mon, Jan. 6th, 2014 07:30 pm (UTC)
alverant

I'm testing it out with a pizza for lunch. There was a little smoke, but nothing to worry about.

I hear a few people didn't come into work even though everyone else in my department came in. But most of them live closer to work and even they had hour+ delays and train cancellations. The metra rail faced some pretty bad delays due to frozen switches. Garbage collection was even delayed a day.

I'm not surprised work wasn't canceled. The last time it was canceled was 3 years ago for Snowpocalypse and before that was 9/11. It's pretty much the attitude that if it's physically possible to go to the office then we'll be open. Other things like wind and temperature be damned. Personally I was more concerned with my car starting and being trapped on the train for hours than anything else.

I spent all of yesterday inside due to the weather and I'm doing it today too. I'm starting to get cabin fever. I got Skyrim during a Steam sale and gave it a try. Somehow I was told to go to the Imperials, the same people who wanted to execute my character. No way! I'm going to restart and see if I can go to the rebels.

Mon, Jan. 6th, 2014 11:36 pm (UTC)
bayushisan

One thing if you like older games is to check out Good Old Games. They've got some really nice ones there, like Master of Magic, which I never expected to be able to play again.

Tue, Jan. 7th, 2014 04:14 pm (UTC)
filkertom

Yep. LOVE Gog.com, and they have frequent sales.

Mon, Jan. 6th, 2014 12:41 am (UTC)
ashkitty

No snow here, but the seafront looks like we've had an earthquake or something--here's what it looks like after two days of gale force winds and the highest tide in decades. What I particularly love is our bandstand, which we were told a year or so ago was old and so needs to be replaced by something modern and shiny and glass (GLASS!). It is clearly the mightiest of bandstands,as it is one of the only things still standing and relatively undamaged. The bards shall sing of its steadfastness, and poetry composed in its honour.

Fortunately, despite being evacuated on Friday night, my house is fine. And even more fortunately, perhaps miraculously, nobody's actually been hurt by this, despite a few close calls. The damage is expensive, but stuff can be repaired and rebuilt.

Mon, Jan. 6th, 2014 03:01 pm (UTC)
catlin

goodness! Looking at that you could almost have used the bandstand to shelter if you got caught out in that mess.

Mon, Jan. 6th, 2014 03:06 pm (UTC)
ashkitty

You could (though now the police are keeping people from getting too close, after a couple of idiots required rescuing by the lifeboat crew)! Especially as the actual shelter is on top of the spot where the sea wall breached, and has since collapsed. The seafront was evacuated again this morning, apparently with good reason! (I'm enough inland that now we don't think the rivers will be bursting their banks, I don't have to leave. And every time I think about going outside, I look at the wind blowing and change my mind.)

Mon, Jan. 6th, 2014 06:47 pm (UTC)
filkertom

In the vernacular... holy frijoles.

Mon, Jan. 6th, 2014 06:54 pm (UTC)
ashkitty

Yeah, it's pretty spectacular damage. Aberystwyth people are generally an optimistic bunch, but we're on the fourth day of this, and spirits are taking a battering along with the seafront.

Mon, Jan. 6th, 2014 01:01 am (UTC)
tigertoy

It's a howling blizzard outside. I didn't make any attempt to leave the house today. (I hope the staff at EFRC were able to get there to feed the tigers, but there's no way I could travel 90 miles in this.) I guess I have to hope it's not beyond my neighbor's little plow to dig us out, because I'm sure it's beyond my puny snow shovel.

Mon, Jan. 6th, 2014 06:48 pm (UTC)
filkertom

Stay in, ace. There will be other, closer folks to feed the kitties, and more importantly keep them safe and warm inside. Traveling alone for 90 miles in conditions like this is Simply Not A Good Idea.

Mon, Jan. 6th, 2014 02:01 am (UTC)
ericcoleman

We just got home from Kansas City and hope to stay home tomorrow.

Mon, Jan. 6th, 2014 06:48 pm (UTC)
filkertom

I was hoping you made it. Hugs and warm socks to you both!

Mon, Jan. 6th, 2014 02:34 am (UTC)
catsittingstill

I'm far enough south that we're expecting maybe a couple of inches of snow and temps of 17F tomorrow morning--which seems mighty cold to us, but probably don't call for more than leaving the tap on a trickle and making sure everyone who leaves the house has a Real Coat, hat and gloves.

Mon, Jan. 6th, 2014 06:48 pm (UTC)
filkertom

Good. Hope things stay that way.

Mon, Jan. 6th, 2014 02:59 am (UTC)
droewyn

I'm in Rochester Hills, Mi.

Judging by the amount of snow on our balcony, we probably got that foot of snow they were talking about. My company has already declared a snowday for tomorrow (but I have a cold and was planning on calling in anyway -- just as glad I don't have to!).

My husband works at a corporate retail job... let's see whether they feel that a declared snow emergency is grounds for not opening the store.

Mon, Jan. 6th, 2014 06:49 pm (UTC)
filkertom

Aiee! Feel better. Did your husband have to go in?

Fri, Jan. 10th, 2014 03:54 am (UTC)
droewyn

My husband didn't have to work on Monday, but only because he'd had the day off. The store was open.

Mon, Jan. 6th, 2014 04:59 am (UTC)
smparadox

I'm in near-tropical southernmost Canada, just south and east of Detroit. It started snowing here shortly after I got home at 10 last night, not fast or hard but continuously since then. we got about 6 inches, so not so band. (Something about the geography of Windsor causes most snow not to make it, we joke about storms getting held up at the border. Instead we get more freezing rain...) The Detroit weather forecast called for highs in the 20's today, but i has hovered right arounf freezing, staying just above it from the feel when I have gone outside. (I had to shovel the back deck because 6 inches of snow is a problem for our Pug who is only seven inches tall...) The pressure changes accompanying the storm are actually more of a problem today than the snow itself. Arthritic knees and arthritic neck do not like pressure changes...

Mon, Jan. 6th, 2014 06:52 pm (UTC)
filkertom

I suspect the "warm" air from the not-frozen-over Detroit River has something to do with it. We get the same kind of effect from I-94 -- I'm just south of it, and a lot of times snow or rain will seem to simply stop at the 94 and come no further south.

And much sympathy with the pressure changes. I haven't had TOO much of a headache the past few days, but it keeps threatening, zoning in and zoning out....

Mon, Jan. 6th, 2014 11:55 am (UTC)
maiac

I got about 8-10" in Royal Oak. Power's on, all is well. The service road, freeway, and downtown Detroit streets along my route to work are all plowed: kudos to the road crews who have been working all night.

Mon, Jan. 6th, 2014 06:52 pm (UTC)
filkertom

Excellent. Yeah, the road crews everywhere deserve all the kudos we can muster.

Mon, Jan. 6th, 2014 01:45 pm (UTC)
lone_cat

No s**w or i*e in my immediate area (as in "when I stepped out to get the paper"), but we got lots of rain. Local reporting is saying that roads are mostly dry, but that there are probably slick spots.

Weather Underground is saying the temp is around 0 and wind chill is around -21. I have water, but am not going anywhere until and unless the Sun warms the car enough to release the doors.

Edited at 2014-01-06 01:59 pm (UTC)

Mon, Jan. 6th, 2014 06:53 pm (UTC)
filkertom

Glad to hear it. Still, if you don't have to test the roads, I wouldn't.

Tue, Jan. 7th, 2014 02:05 pm (UTC)
lone_cat

I didn't really need to go anywhere yesterday, and probably don't need to go anywhere today, but knowing that I could, it I could just get into the car, is frustrating.

If nothing else, it would be nice to be able to get in and turn the engine over.

Mon, Jan. 6th, 2014 02:58 pm (UTC)
catlin

It is bitter bitter cold here, rather then snowing. We might have an inch of snow or so from the other night when it swept through, but the cold is the real problem.

Mon, Jan. 6th, 2014 06:55 pm (UTC)
filkertom

And it's going to be more of a problem as the day and the night wear on. Just be careful, and stay bundled up.

Mon, Jan. 6th, 2014 07:41 pm (UTC)
dragonmakr

Nothing much to report down here, no precip in the forecast, but extreme cold (for North Carolina) tonight. Much as I miss friends and family in New York State, I'd much rather be here… where I'm sitting barefoot in a tee-shirt and jeans. This outfit WILL change this evening as the temp heads for single digits, though.

Keep warm, everyone!

Mon, Jan. 6th, 2014 08:14 pm (UTC)
pseud0sapien

I'm 50 km south of Wabasca AB, and the weather here is really quite OK. Slightly overcast, no wind, about a meter of snow on the ground, and the weather just warmed up from -35C to a much more comfortable -20C! I don't even need my serious cold weather gear anymore, just the medium underwear and regular shell. And I haven't had to chain up the truck yet.
I work in the cold, so I am really getting a kick out of most of these replies!

Tue, Jan. 7th, 2014 04:15 pm (UTC)
filkertom

Well, nyeah. [sulk pout sulk]

Tue, Jan. 7th, 2014 12:45 am (UTC)
purpleranger

No snow, but as Dean Martin once sang, "Baby, it's COLD outside!"

Tue, Jan. 7th, 2014 05:13 am (UTC)
laurel_potter

West Michigan got a lot of snow and it's still falling as of Tuesday at 12:12am. It's going to be very cold tomorrow, then a warming trend will start on Wednesday. I haven't been out of the house since Thursday, and I'm not planning on going out until maybe Wednesday or Thursday.

Fri, Jan. 10th, 2014 12:43 am (UTC)
full_metal_ox

The bombastic meteorological portmanteau word this time around seems to have come from Chicago's Tweetosphere: "CHIBERIA!"

(I suppose that the equivalent in my neck of the woods--where the coldest temperatures in twenty years compacted the preceding wintry mix into glass-slick ice--would be, "DAYTUNDRA!")

Fri, Jan. 10th, 2014 02:13 am (UTC)
alverant

Here's a picture at http://cheezburger.com/7992625920 I saw.

Coldest temps in 20 years and tomorrow and Sunday it's supposed to hit 40. I think that's a 50 degree shift in less than a week (IIRC the low was -10).