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Title: Big snow storm
Post by: Bruno of NH on January 19, 2019, 01:32:25 PM
Big snow storm coming in tonight 12" to 24"
Got the big snow bucket,front ice chains and the fuel filled on the Mahindra. 
Are you New England folks ready ?
Then we are in for a deep freeze for a couple days. -15 to -27 wind chills.
I will be feeding the wood stove and working on woodworking projects.
It's hard moving from tool to tool with a walker.
I don't leave the house much anymore.
Title: Re: Big snow storm
Post by: breederman on January 19, 2019, 02:22:10 PM
Snow blower is primed and ready, firewood moved to the cellar ,and chili in The crockpot. We are ready, bring it on !
Title: Re: Big snow storm
Post by: hamish on January 19, 2019, 02:54:19 PM
I just consider it winter......no need to get ready for any particular event apart from winter, it comes every year.
Title: Re: Big snow storm
Post by: lxskllr on January 19, 2019, 02:55:35 PM
Not gonna get much snow here, but the cold should make work fun on Monday. Plus side, is so far, work looks easy, and I'll get some machete time killing vines. I should sell the service. Give a per acre rate, and I'll destroy every vine on it. They can then keep up with the upkeep to prevent them from taking over again. Little gives me more pleasure than killing vines.
Title: Re: Big snow storm
Post by: Magicman on January 19, 2019, 03:29:02 PM
You be careful Jim and keep both feet on the ground.  No slipping, sliding, or tripping.
Title: Re: Big snow storm
Post by: 47sawdust on January 19, 2019, 04:09:19 PM
My brother who is 81 spent 8 hours pushing back the banks on our mile driveway Thursday and Friday.Used his trusty Kubota L2250 with a back blade.He said he had skidder neck today.
Tomorrow will be my all mine to plow with the Kubota L3750 and homemade Fisher plow with q/a.It's a good plowing rig with a homemade cab.I have to figure out how to get heat to my feet.
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Title: Re: Big snow storm
Post by: Old Greenhorn on January 19, 2019, 05:24:14 PM
I've been working on a long punch list since first thing this morning. This snow will be the one to shut me out from access to the mill area, except on foot and with the deep freeze behind it, I could be shut down for a while. So I had a lot to do only having just closed in the mill shed last Sunday. Build shelves and organize and hang stuff, move the generator in there, add a kero heater, just because I could. Clean up the wood piles and load what decent stuff i had on the trailer. Fold up and store tarps, skid logs over to the mill area and get them off the ground. Get the trailer up the hill otherwise it will be there until April. Load the wood into the shop and park the trailer in a safe spot for the winter. Cut and drag a log to block the skid road at the property line and make the neighbor happy (see a different thread) and relocate the trail cam to watch it. Pull out a fence by the house to make plowing easier (been on my list for 5 years now) and of course the fence is frozen solid into the ground, mixed results on that one. once my my son is done working on his plow truck I will pull the mule in and start working on a set of chains for it tonight. I also have the lumber to stack properly, it's just thrown up in the loft.

Yes, I know, I have my kero heater right next to the genset gas tank. It's OK that tank is dry as a bone.

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I put in a little shelf at waist height to double as a small workbench to work on the chainsaw or whatever.
 


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This was one of my worries for the day, pulling the trailer up with the Mule.  A fair load for the little guy on a steep grade. The mill is located abut 150 yards aft of the trailer in this photo, but is about 40 feet lower in elevation. Also, that water bar at the bottom edge of this photo was hastily built and poorly graded, that is also a challenge.
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Started snowing here at 4pm local. Once the 3 young grandsons leave for the evening and we have dinner, I will go back out to the shop and get some more done. Then some quick passes with the plow before bed. Here we go again.
Title: Re: Big snow storm
Post by: JV on January 19, 2019, 06:22:16 PM
A couple of days ago rumors were up to 18" of snow.  People were rushing to the grocery store to stock up.  The snow started this morning and is pretty much over now.  We got 4 or 5 inches with a stiff northeast wind.  More snow in front of the garage doors than in the lane.  Indianapolis got mostly rain.  Now for the sub zero temps tomorrow night.
Title: Re: Big snow storm
Post by: Old Greenhorn on January 19, 2019, 06:29:46 PM
A couple of days ago rumors were up to 18" of snow.  People were rushing to the grocery store to stock up.  The snow started this morning and is pretty much over now.  We got 4 or 5 inches with a stiff northeast wind.  More snow in front of the garage doors than in the lane.  Indianapolis got mostly rain.  Now for the sub zero temps tomorrow night.
AH man! You got lucky! I don't mind the cold (it IS winter), and I really don't mind the snow, but the snow shuts down my time in the woods getting things done for the most part. To hilly here to get around on my little Mule so I switch to snowshoes. If we get a deep one, I have some trees I can drop and buck for when I get the Mule back on the skid road. I could also do firewood, but am in good shape. I'll just rotate the tasks.
 There doesn't look like much chance we will get off as lightly as you did.
Title: Re: Big snow storm
Post by: Chuck White on January 19, 2019, 07:01:32 PM
We are getting some "very light" snow right now, with -2 temp.

Don't really expect we'll get very much, less than an inch so far, but they're saying to expect up to 8 inches!
Title: Re: Big snow storm
Post by: Hilltop366 on January 19, 2019, 07:02:16 PM
Looks like it will turn to rain here after a few inches of snow/ice giving 46 and 50mph wind for tomorrow.

The plow truck is on empty, I might put some fuel in it just in case.
Title: Re: Big snow storm
Post by: Old Greenhorn on January 19, 2019, 10:20:22 PM
Well it's almost 10:30 and I just quit for the day. Made a set of rear chains for my Mule and gave them a quick test run down the neighbors driveway with the plow. Seemed to work pretty good and stayed on straight. It's been snowing since 4pm but very fine snow. It's accumulating very slowly, only about 2 inches. But the rate seems to be increasing. When I cam back in from the shop I could barely find my footprints from when I went out. Temp is 18 or so and the snow is a fine powder, like sugar. Got my wood n for the evening, having a brew, headed off to bed soon. Tomorrow may be another long day. Good luck to everybody.
Title: Re: Big snow storm
Post by: DelawhereJoe on January 19, 2019, 11:25:34 PM
The high here tomorrow 54 falling to 10 with a high Monday of 20 then back to 50 on Thursday.....its winter can't it just stay in the 30's and snow.
Title: Re: Big snow storm
Post by: low_48 on January 19, 2019, 11:26:52 PM
Calling for a lot of ice in some places. Thought I saw a prediction of 3/4" of ice accumulation on the Maine coast. My friend always says, "People always rush out to get bread, milk, and eggs. Why do they need all that french toast during a storm?"
Title: Re: Big snow storm
Post by: Dave Shepard on January 19, 2019, 11:32:51 PM
I cut and split a cord and a quarter this evening. That should carry me through the storm and the cold snap. I'm curious to see how much is left on Tuesday. 

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Title: Re: Big snow storm
Post by: ljohnsaw on January 20, 2019, 12:19:54 AM
"Big" snow storm is a matter of perspective, I suppose.  In the past week, just a little higher elevation from my cabin property, 70" of snow fell.  I'm guessing I got 50-60", and really wet snow at that.  More coming tomorrow. :-\
Title: Re: Big snow storm
Post by: Old Greenhorn on January 20, 2019, 06:58:26 AM
Don't really expect we'll get very much, less than an inch so far, but they're saying to expect up to 8 inches!
Well @Chuck White (http://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=7517) , I am wondering if you still feel that way this morning. Looking at the radar for your area shows pretty consistent precip overnight and currently, but that does not tell me what is actually hitting the ground. It's been 15 hours of steady fine precip for us here and we have about 10 or more inches, 25F and fine sleet now. Looks like another 8 hours of this nonsense. I should get out and start my opening cuts soon I guess, but I am concerned about clearing it off and having nothing but sleet lay down on top and turn to ice. I don't wanna salt/sand and it's not going to warm up here anytime soon. Decisions, decisions.....
Title: Re: Big snow storm
Post by: Chuck White on January 20, 2019, 08:30:56 AM
We have "my guess" 5 inches of new snow, we'll end up with a measurable addition of snow because it's still coming down pretty good, temp -2!

Not always a good idea to clear the snow away if sleet is expected, wait until the sleet is done then remove the whole storm!
Title: Re: Big snow storm
Post by: Ed_K on January 20, 2019, 09:03:24 AM

Not always a good idea to clear the snow away if sleet is expected, wait until the sleet is done then remove the whole storm!
X2 I learned this working at hwy dept. Boss would plow as long as snow was coming down. Soon as it started sleeting we'd slack off an clean it up when it stopped.
Title: Re: Big snow storm
Post by: GRANITEstateMP on January 20, 2019, 09:10:12 AM
Pretty big bust in my part on NH!  The weatherman was predicting 18-24 in Thursday... Yeah, might be a little short!


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If I could go back in time and give my younger self some advice, I'd tell me to drop automotive and cows, study weatheweatherr.  Meteorologist, the only job where you can constantly be wrong and still collect a check every week!!!


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 I guess, I'll have to fire up the crockpot and get something going for tonights football game.

13 degrees, windy, sleeting here in Nottingham  ???
Title: Re: Big snow storm
Post by: GRANITEstateMP on January 20, 2019, 09:11:46 AM

Not always a good idea to clear the snow away if sleet is expected, wait until the sleet is done then remove the whole storm!
X2 I learned this working at hwy dept. Boss would plow as long as snow was coming down. Soon as it started sleeting we'd slack off an clean it up when it stopped.
Ed,
That's what I was taught too!  Keep a little snow on the roads, peel it up and treat when everything is done. That's the plans for my driveways today
Title: Re: Big snow storm
Post by: Autocar on January 20, 2019, 12:08:37 PM
It started snowing around seven yesturday morning ,more of a flour snow all day but around dark the wind was screaming and snowing like crazy. I put more wood in the furnace around one this morning the wind sucks it right up the flue. Got the chores done then around nine I started the bobcat and cleared snow for two and a half hours. Got the wood in for the day now just enjoying the birds at the feeder.
Title: Re: Big snow storm
Post by: Old Greenhorn on January 20, 2019, 12:48:07 PM
Man this is the heaviest stuff I remember in a long time. Took me 2 hours to get the driveways just opened up. My son plows for a living and he just came by to reload with salt/sand. He says everything is taking twice as long. Sure glad I got all the work done down at the mill yesterday, now way can I even think about plowing down that skid road. I might walk in later just to check on everything and see what I forgot. The last flakes of the even, for here, are falling now. Been up since 5, plowing since 9 and I am pooped with a lot more chores yet to go. I feel like having a beer, but that would just do me in for the day. Must press on.
Title: Re: Big snow storm
Post by: Tom the Sawyer on January 20, 2019, 02:16:15 PM
Be careful out there, yesterday at 0550 we lost a plow driver for KDOT.  Rolled his truck down an embankment and did not survive.
Title: Re: Big snow storm
Post by: John Mc on January 20, 2019, 02:43:25 PM
This is my snow gauge. There was 2-3" of snow on the table before the storm started. I'm guessing about 2 feet now. The storm is still going on.

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Current temperature is 8˚F (-13˚C) with a wind chill of -16F (-27C).  We're expected to hit -30F (-34C) wind chill in a few hours. Tomorrow will be even colder.
Title: Re: Big snow storm
Post by: GRANITEstateMP on January 20, 2019, 03:09:55 PM
Just finished plowing driveways. Probably 6 or 7 inches total, it's still sleeting a bit on and off.  It's 17F according to the temp gauge.  

Crockpot meal is coming together for the game, gonna try honey-buffalo wings.
Title: Re: Big snow storm
Post by: Bruno of NH on January 20, 2019, 04:47:53 PM
Just came in from plowing the road and driveway. 
We got 15" still snowing some.
Finish up the odds and ends tomorrow .
Title: Re: Big snow storm
Post by: Old Greenhorn on January 20, 2019, 06:18:45 PM
Yup, it snowed alright. Glad I did all the prep work i did.

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Title: Re: Big snow storm
Post by: thecfarm on January 20, 2019, 09:46:16 PM
I don't think I got a foot of snow. But that wind was bad!!!!
Title: Re: Big snow storm
Post by: Chuck White on January 21, 2019, 08:13:24 AM
We ended up with 10 inches, total, now the Nat'l Weather has issued a Wind Chill warning for -35