Our office opened today (of course) and there is a much higher attendance than yesterday…. I think we have about 40 in here today. The metro is still crippled though. My commute, since Monday has been over 3 hours a day! Most of that time is spent waiting for one or both of my trains – they are only running every half hour but there is no schedule to show when that 30 minutes might occur at either of my stations! I really hope they've found those 3rd rails on the outdoor tracks today so we can get back to normal tomorrow. I even got a newspaper this morning so I had something to put between my obviously very uninsulated bottom and the cement seats on the platforms – it didn't make a lot of difference.
Most of yesterday afternoon I spent lounging on the couch watching the storm through a window:
I also monitored my front door to ensure snow was not building up to such an extent that I would have to call for help to leave the house. It made pretty patterns on my door.
During a lull I decided I would attempt to clear away the stalagmite of ice that had formed around the bottom and sides of the downpipe. "Experts" were telling me that it was important to do that so that the water from melting ice could escape from my flat roof and so be one less contributing factor to a roof collapse.
The stalagmite was about 3 feet tall – composed of ice formed from melt between Saturday's storm and yesterday sitting on top of a bottom layer of ice and a middle layer of snow. There is no photo because my excursion down the back steps, through the courtyard and around the side of the house was not a happy camper one. But whilst out I noticed how pretty one of my potted plants looked with fluffy cotton balls on it: (I took the photo from the doorway once I was back inside).
I also noticed that the house across the alley had a huge load of ice on their wires! This would make me think I was about to lose power or Comcast. Actually, I think that's Comcast - I heard another of those expert people say that the power lines come from the top of the poles and other "things" come from lower down:
The sun attempted to shine through but it gave up after about 10 minutes:
And, this is snow packed against the screen door to the top deck – the snow is 35 inches high. That door is not going to be sliding for a few days! The cone shape in the background is snow on top of a table.
So … we survived the blizzard of 2010 but this might not be the last snow for the winter – we still have a few weeks to go and it's been known to snow here in March. They are forecasting a light snow for Monday – only a couple of inches – we are such dab hands at dealing with snow now that surely this will hardly be noticed.