Re: As We Again Begin Thinking About Snow Removal
I've dreaded snow ever since the winter we had in 2014/15 here..
I'm getting older & weaker,and can't deal with snow like I once could,,
Though the Blizzard of '78 is still regarded as the "worst" storm we ever had-in 2015 we had enough deep snowfalls back to back to overwhelm all the equipment available,we got a bad storm every 2-4 days every week--the '78 Blizzard was a 3 day event that closed roads for a week,but in 2015 from the last week of January well into March we got many snowfalls well over a foot,many were 2 footers,and a few even hit 3 feet...with extreme cold,below zero for many days in a row,so very little of the snow ever melted between storms..
We ended up with about 12 feet of snow that winter--the typical average here is 40"..we got almost that in one storm,and high winds drifted it each time much deeper too..
My yard gets drifted in deeply even if we only get a foot,it piles up in drifts 2-4 feet deep in the driveway and back yard from the winds..
My 3/4 ton 4x4 plow truck had a hard time moving 2+ feet of wet slushy snow after each bad storm,we got 60+ mph winds with several of the storms so you couldn't really stay out and keep ahead of it---and I was unable to push the first storm's snow back the usual 75 feet past the end of the driveway into the back yard,I barely made it to the end ,and soon started running out of room to pile any more snow ,the piles grew to 8 feet high at the street where my driveway met the road,making pulling out into the street a very risky thing..
My driveway started shrinking to the point I had only one path wide enough to fit the truck in,and you could not open the doors very wide to get in or out by the time March came..
My truck weighs over 3 tons,and I filled the bed with sand from the DPW garage ,so it was more like 4+ tons,but it still wanted to slide sideways when I'd go to push the wet heavy snow each storm..
I was wishing I still had a front loader tractor...it got to the point a full sized pickup couldn't move it any more,and there was no place to pile it !..
My garden tractors were a joke against those Nor'easters...tinkertoys against that kind of extreme winter..
Last winter was hardly a winter at all though...we only got about 20" total all winter and it was not that frigid or for long if we got a cold spell...hoping that becomes the norm here and repeats again this winter..