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^^^ Looks like frost...
 

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Mike..

Why did you have to post it and give it credibility? I'm heading outside to setup and fan blowing east so that most of it gets past me and lands in your yard. I didn't get to put the cab on the tractor but the rest of the gear is ready to go and tested as of yesterday. Put up the stakes around the driveway today. Ugh.. here we go.

'They' being an egotistical, ratings based media service with no authority to name anything.

Denial ain't just a river in Egypt, boys...

Here's an early pic (first pic below). Doesn't look like much, but it's a solid 3+ inches, with nothing but ice under it. We had dinner out (started snowing right before dinner), then had a late parent/teacher conference.

Driving around in this was extremely treacherous, and I'm glad no one was really on the road when I was spinning around sideways...

Got back to our street (cul-de-sac), only to find the road partially blocked by a police truck, and several utility trucks working on a pole just past our street. No power after our street.

Hopefully, this isn't a precursor to another winter like the last one (second pic is this past March 13)...

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Jimbo,

They've named it Winter Storm Avery. Ohio valley and east through New England, including all of PA and NJ. Depending on location, it could be snow, ice, rain, or any combination of those.

Good luck with your trip. The storm itself should be long gone by Saturday afternoon. The temps after the storm seem like they will warm back up.

Mike
Thanks Mike

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Looks like we got the 5-8 they were predicting on the high end. Hard to say because it turned to rain overnight, and is starting to compress.

Schools are delayed for two hours, which is good, because this stuff is going to be heavy and wet to move. Even worse, it looks like a giant blob of rain is heading this was from the PA/NJ/NYC area later this morning.

I'll try to get some more pics up soon.

Oh, and in case you didn't believe me when I said I too am not ready for winter, in the deck pic above, you can still see summer toys that haven't been put away yet for the cold months (slip-n-slide, etc.).

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We got hammered where I am in Hudson Valley NY. Easy 12" and still snowing now. I'll take pictures but not sure of the way today will go. Dad sold his plow as he did not want it on new F-150. We did not get any machines ready like normal as he was sick and I got it yesterday and did not go outside, a decision I regret now. The JD was running ok after a carb scare hoping it still will. The Suburban and Bolens are buried behind flip tractors so might be fun to get to. Took some phone pictures through window last night so at least have a couple.
 

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Latest forecast here was "another few hours of snow". I laugh because the local forecaster my wife watches all the time is typically wrong. 2-5 turned into a good solid 6+ after some rain happened. It's raining now instead of snowing as he said. If more snow comes in on top of this it'll be an ugly situation as it's heavy. Oh well, I've got the fan and Kombi at full speed pointed east toward your place Mike!
 

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Thanks Bill!

I went out at 9 with Son #1 to get him on the bus. Son #2 gets on the bus an hour later. The snow is supersaturated, heavy as wet cement. We drove over it, but then I used a shovel at the top of the driveway where we park. My back is not happy with that decision...

Couple of quick pics. The pics are deceiving, that stuff is at least 4-5 inches deep, and unbelievably heavy. Oh, and the leaves are still coming down...

Rain is picking up now. Going to let the rest just melt.

After Son #2 gets off to school, I'll be dialing into work. Nice to be able to work remotely, makes no sense in showing up at 11. The traffic has been as awful as can be expected today too. Two separate parts of the Mass Pike were completely closed due to jackknifed tractor trailers earlier today.

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Last night I didn't bother putting the plow on my pickup,or moving my "mowing" tractor out from in front of the "plow tractor" in the garage,seeing the TV weather babes and guys were all predicting only 1-3" ,and expected it to warm up into the 40's by 4 am,then turn to rain,and wash it away..

HA...I got up at midnight to use the bathroom,looked out on my deck,and was horrified to see at least 6" had already fallen!--it was bare ground at 8 pm when I laid down !

Great..

It rained this morning,hit 50 degrees for about an hour,now its dropping again ,back to near freezing..much of my driveway turned to slush,but I still have to go scrape it off or face the possibility of it freezing up overnight..
I have some company coming tomorrow from Wisconsin,so I have to not only clear all the slush away,my house is a friggin disaster area too--they have a 3 year old,so I can't leave things I have "out" ,the kid might get into them or get hurt..

Of course my back is killing me as usual--not looking forward to having to do all this in one afternoon--especially when it'll be dark by 4:30 pm..

I hate getting caught with my "pants down" so to say,because I trusted the TV weather forecasters..typically they make every minor snowfall sound like the end of the world so more people will flock to stores to buy food and other stuff--this time they kind of downplayed it,and as a result many towns didn't prep for the storm as much as they should have--lots of the private contractors they hire to plow town roads are landscapers and they still were doing leaf clean ups,didn't have their plows on yet..and dozens of accidents happened as a result all over the state..


I'm not even sure I have any GAS to run my tractor with hanging around either..:(
 

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Our weather guessers aren't doing very well this season. The lake effect snow we got on Tuesday was forecast to be <1" but we ended up with 4.5". The area wide snow last night was forecast to be about 6" but we actually got 14.5" of heavy wet snow.
 

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Was not fun here. Tractor I hear you on equipment. The main JD snow thrower fires and ran ok but never got rubber chains on so got stuck and worthless. The Craftsman that was dads original machine and just reacquired was dead battery and then no gas. The Bolens worked well but muffler fell off numerous times and developed a hydraulic leak in lift cylinder.
The Suburban did fine with no chains or weights, plowed the cleanup of blowers leftover.
Wound up getting Craftsman walk behind out and it worked well. The heavy snow wiped me out. Lack of sleep and cold kicked my butt.



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My wife needs to meet you guys. She literally said to me that she can't understand why I need more than one snowblower or tractor. After all the times I've dealt with breakdowns over the years, why would I possibly need that???

I think she believes that if I have one new machine, I don't need anything else. I don't think she really wants me to be replacing that machine every few years, so...

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My wife needs to meet you guys. She literally said to me that she can't understand why I need more than one snowblower or tractor. After all the times I've dealt with breakdowns over the years, why would I possibly need that???



I think she believes that if I have one new machine, I don't need anything else. I don't think she really wants me to be replacing that machine every few years, so...



Mike


Mike this is why I love multiple machines. I made my own issues by not getting them prepared sooner. We all had issues in the last month. My dads been sick as I just became. At least one machine was operating correctly.


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Yes, I know that a lot of this is self-induced, but we're very busy people, both working with long commutes, and two young boys. Don't have nearly as much time for yard work, let alone dealing with machine problems, as I used to.

Just saw some flurries come through here about 30 minutes ago, now we have a blue sky. Melt, melt, melt!!!

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Yes, I know that a lot of this is self-induced, but we're very busy people, both working with long commutes, and two young boys. Don't have nearly as much time for yard work, let alone dealing with machine problems, as I used to.



Just saw some flurries come through here about 30 minutes ago, now we have a blue sky. Melt, melt, melt!!!



Mike


My case wasn’t too busy just wrong priorities. Your case is different. Only you know what will work best. For me the shovel is physically not a option for me.


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I got just a tick under 6".. hard to measure because it snowed, then freezing rain, then more snow, and wind.. 2 hour delay for the kids at first, but then a hour later they closed.. It was wet, slick, and HEAVY here!! The wife can work from home whenever, and I work at home anyways, so nowhere to go, so thats cool. I held off cleaning it, and good thing.. a second wave came through mid morning that gave us a few more inches. It was tough going with the snowblower!! I wrestled that thing for a few hours, but got it done. Ive long since retired all my other snow fighting gear, because the walk behind just works so well. And this time was no different, though it was slow going with the concrete snow we had.
 

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Paul I also found the best weapon on this snow was the walk behind. It went through it all and never clogged. All the other machines had a issue of some sort.
 

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My wife needs to meet you guys. She literally said to me that she can't understand why I need more than one snowblower or tractor. After all the times I've dealt with breakdowns over the years, why would I possibly need that???

I think she believes that if I have one new machine, I don't need anything else. I don't think she really wants me to be replacing that machine every few years, so...

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You should let her know that black friday sales are on Deeres. X739 with a FEL and a drive up blower would help you out greatly. :tango_face_smile_bi I don't have room to add another tractor without leaving it outside and I can't do that to a tractor.
 

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Sounds great! What kind of coin is that going to set me back?

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