Oh the Weather Outside is Frightful!

United States
March 2, 2007 5:47pm CST
We may not have it as bad as MN, they haven't called out the National Guard yet but it's pretty bad here. I just went to the barn to feed horses about an hour ago. The drifts at the beginning of the driveway were high! I gave it a little gas and plowed through them. There are advantages to having a mid sized (almost full sized) van. I managed to get all the way back to the barn and get everybody fed. Erica (daughter) took her horse out because she wanted to see how deep the drifts were. Poor Cass (horse) was almost swimming in the snow. It was up to her chest! I had to send Erica ahead of me to the end of the driveway and post her as a traffic guard. I start at the middle point in the driveway and once I get going I can't stop or we're stuck. Her job is to make sure the road is clear for me to come out so I don't have to stop and look for traffic. I did manage to get out but the drifts at the end of the drive were up to the middle of her thighs! My husband called when he was on his way home from work and said some of the roads in our county are being shut down. The plows have been called off until 4 tomorrow morning and, listening to local radio, they said there are accidents, rollovers and slideoffs everywhere. Many of the exits are closed, many of the roads are inpassable. It's nasty out there! Hope, if your weather is like ours, you are inside and safe. One of us has to take our son to work tonight at 11. He can't call in because he's a manager. We can hope they'll close down but I'm not holding my breath.
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@classy56 (2883)
• United States
2 Mar 07
o my that is alot of snow.if it comes up to your horse chest.i just hate snow when it comes in a big ammount like that..i hope your husband can make it home safe.an if i was your son.i would call the office an tell them how bad the weather is there.but if you do take him to work.becarefull an take extra blanket in case you get stuck.an a cell phone.be safe"an keep warm
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• United States
3 Mar 07
Thanks. He did just get home. Hubby will take his cell phone when he takes him in and is thinking about taking the snowblower with him. Erica thought it was fun riding through the snow. I asked her if Cass enjoyed it too and she said she thought she did. She wanted to trot through it but it was so deep that she was having to lift her feet so high she was very bouncy and Erica would have fallen off so she had to walk through it. The minature horses were running alongside here in a shallower section and it was up to their chests. If they had gone through where Cass was it would have been up to their necks. The picture of Chester stranded in snow wondering how to get out does make me smile, I must admit. He can be quite the pest.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
3 Mar 07
Check my page & the photos out on it. The plow went by tonight & now Ive got a 5 foot drift of hard brown crunchy snow blocking me from getting out. Grrr. Happy postings from Grandpa Bob
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• United States
3 Mar 07
Wow! 5 feet is a lot of snow. Do you have to shovel or do you have a way to plow or snowblow it out?
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
3 Mar 07
Usually snowblow. But when the city plow goes by ya need to get there FAST otherwise it gets hard FAST. Like I said it's hard brown & crunchy. I've got it cleared though. This old mans heart took a beting though. I must have stopped 4 times. An hour long job took me almost 4. Thanks for the great topics & especially for the great responses. Happy postings from Grandpa Bob
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• United States
3 Mar 07
I told my husband about your 5 foot drift. We have a big, heavyduty snowblower that his dad gave us a couple of years ago. He thought it *might* be able to clear something like that but it would be a strain. Be careful and don't overdue it. I'd like to see you around here for a while. :-)