The storm that's moving out of the area has dumped more snow on us than any other since we moved here two years ago. The area West of Horsetooth Reservoir received up to THIRTY INCHES in places, which means they're pretty much cut off from everything until the plows can get to them.
My "Snow Gauge" reported 22".....
And I've never seen it pile up on the fence like this, most likely because we had very little wind last night.
It even stacked up on the tree trunk.
The neighbors front porch is over 24" AGL, and the snow is almost flush with it.
Thirty minutes of carefully shoveling cleared the front steps and down to the driveway.
I'll power up the snow blower after I warm up a bit. I'm taking it REEEEAL easy doing the shovel work. The snow is pretty dry and light, but it's 25* outside, and even mild exertion can cause Bad Things to happen to Olde Fartes like me who overdo it.
It's still coming down lightly, and the winds are expected to kick up, meaning it's gonna drift like crazy.
I would not want to be out East of here today. Getting stuck in a blizzard out on the Plains can have devastating consequences.....
The snow blower actually works OK on this dry, powdery snow! I have to take two bites at the path, though. One with the front of it picked up about 6", and then I let it back down on the skid shoes, and get the 6" left after the first pass.
I plowed a 24" wide swath down the driveway, and all the way to the corner. Then I backed it up, turned it 180*, and did a 24" swath across the driveway, and down the other section of "our" sidewalk. By this time (over 35 minutes of run time, and the batteries were warm) the batteries were almost depleted, so I parked it, put the batteries on the charger, went back and cleaned out the inlet and sprayed it down with silicone spray, and brewed a big mug of Joe.
After the batteries charge I'll go back out and widen the path.
I amazed I was able to get that much snow moved on one charge. If I hadn't had to lift it up and hit the same section twice, like with only 12" of snow, I think I could have finished on the first charge.
I'm still not real enamored of the thing for several reasons, but at least I'm not screaming at it today.....