None of these pictures captures the power of the wind blowing the snow sideways down the street.
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What beautiful snow! We still have the couple of inches that fell last Thursday, packed down onto ice on all the side roads (nobody has snow shovels or snow blowers here!), making any sort of journey – on foot or by car – an adventure.
I can understand your enthusiasm for taking pictures of the snow and that beautiful sunset. During the time I lived in MA one of the things I really missed in winter was snow that stayed all winter long, and hoar frost on the trees and fences. Now I’m back home in Alaska, revelling in a proper winter. Last week I was out snapping photos of the trees because we’d had a week of continuous fog due to a temperature inversion, and everything was beautifully coated with hoar frost, but we didn’t have the bitter sub-zero temperatures that usually go with hoar frost. A day or so after I snapped my pictures we had 3 or 4 days of periodic snow on top of the frost. Everything is lovely, white, clean, and crisp, though the roads are quite treacherous. We just go a little more slowly and allow more time to get where we’re going.
We didn’t have but 3-4 inches here on Saturday but it was beautiful. I put my camera in the car, in hope of pictures but then had to work till sundown all weekend and yesterday so I didn’t get any pictures. 🙁
It isn’t cold enough for starting the cars to be difficult. I’ve heard tell of people having problems in places like Minnesota where it gets much colder but that’s when it gets below 0 F but I’ve never experienced that. I have had my car door frozen shut when it iced over… not fun when you’re running late!
Sidewalks can be very icy. They are dealt with in different ways in different places. It sort of varies from town to town. Usually the city is responsible for clearing sidewalks along the main roads. Home and business owners are supposed to clear the sidewalks on their property as they are considered public thoroughfares.
In Salem where I lived before the city did not clear the sidewalks on the main roads and if a homeowner didn’t it could become very icy and treacherous. There were supposed to be fines for those who didn’t but the city never enforced it. Walking could be treacherous and I almost fell once. I did fall once in Boston when I was wearing dressy boots with no traction on the soles.
Here in our current neighborhood home owners don’t clear their sidewalks but the town does clear the main roads. So one walks in the street—there isn’t much traffic since we live on a circle—to get to the main road where the town has plowed the sidewalks. Most people around here don’t walk very much in winter though. I probably won’t be talking walks with my kids until spring because there will be too many places we can’t get the stroller through.
My husband spreads salt on the driveway and front walk to melt the ice after the snow has been cleared. Some people also use sand.
Yesterday many schools were closed because although it was sunny and the roads were pretty clear the sidewalks hadn’t been cleared.
Does the snow make it difficult to start the cars?
Are the footpaths icy and if so how to people get about on foot?