The snow actually started at lunchtime, and within an hour the ground was covered. And so it went for the rest of the night. We watched branches crash to the ground out of the poplar trees in the back, weighted down by the snow on the leaves. As it got dark, it was hard to see what was going on, but if we shined a flashlight out the window, we could get an idea of the mess. As the night went on, you would hear a crack and then a thud as more debris fell to the ground, and we would hear this really often. And then as we made our way from window to window, realized we were losing major branches from our beloved tree, which had no leaves on it to weight it down.
It has been estimated that the snow weighed 40 pounds per square foot, which is incredibly heavy. We think we got about 15 inches of snow altogether. The power went out around 4:30 pm, and it returned Sunday, November 6 at 1:20 am, though we were at the hospital at that point. Luckily we have both a fireplace (and had lots of wood from the yard clearing we did last year) and a gas stove top, so we could at least "cook" that way. The fireplace was running for almost 6 days straight which means all of our clothes, towels, linens, etc. (still) smell of woodsmoke until they've been washed. The laundry has been endless. Not to mention the fact that I had one load in the washing machine and one in the dryer when the power went out, both of which needed to be rewashed, and I think I've done at least 7 additional loads since then.
Drying clothes by the fire.
Our yard and neighborhood did not fare so well. Trees that have stood for decades now need to be taken down due to loss of limbs, some being uprooted completely, as was the case with our neighbor's two birch trees. Another neighbor has a giant limb on her garage roof, the one next to them had a branch go through an upstairs window, the one across the street had a pine tree fall over across the street, coming to rest on the power lines. My poor husband, who has spent so much time making our yard look so nice, has had to watch all of his time and effort (and money) come literally crashing down. We have 9 or 10 poplar trees in the way back, 8 of which we think need to be taken down because they look like toothpicks. We don't know if the ash tree, our most favorite and holder of Gus's swing, will survive. We're going to wait until spring on that one. One small oak has had all of its top branches snapped off, so that one is going to have to come down as well. A maple in the front has to be trimmed back and another junky tree in the front will probably need to be taken down. We have basically tripled our firewood supply just from the limbs alone.
All in all we are grateful to have survived the ordeal as best as we did, and that our house and family are all in good shape. No one can remember ever seeing anything like this in the state ever. The previous record for snowfall in October was something like one inch. It just doesn't happen. Our town was one of the hardest hit and we still have residents out of power. The hubs is exhausted from clearing brush, which has been piled on the curbside, hopefully for pickup by some organization chosen by the town.
We're hoping this never happens again.