Snow, snow and … more snow

Alaskan author Don Rearden posted this photo on Twitter today, with the comment: "Either a ton of snow on our street or my son is one little boy...and more snow on the way!"

Dear acclimated reader,

It’s official. We have a lot of snow! In fact, for the first time during the five years we have lived at this house, we had to rent a bulldozer to push back the snow berms. We were running out of room to plow.

Sam and I considered letting the road fill with snow — we could walk up the driveway or even snowmachine when we have groceries. The only problem is that we wouldn’t have a way to haul water. An extra bit of walking? Great! No running water, no hot showers or turning on the faucet, for four months? Hmmm, maybe not.

It was pretty amazing, watching our friend Adam Boyd run the dozer while Sam used our plow truck to push snow in front of him. Our property is now dotted with huge hills of snow.

We are not alone. The Anchorage Daily News reports that the city’s 1995 record of 77 inches of snow was broken on Jan. 9 with more than 81 inches. And the small fishing village of Cordova has made national headlines with its 18 feet of snow on the ground, and the deployment of National Guard troops to help them dig out roads and houses. Around the state, major highways have been closed by avalanches and car accidents.

And now this, from the National Weather Service for  our area:

Winter weather advisory for snow remains in effect from 9 pm this evening to 9 pm akst thursday…

Tonight… Snow. Snow accumulation 2 to 5 inches. Lows 10 to 15 above.

Thursday… Snow. Snow accumulation 5 to 10 inches…highest amounts near the mountains. Highs 15 to 20. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday Night… Snow likely in the evening…then isolated snow showers after midnight. Snow accumulation up to 1 inch. Storm total snow accumulation 8 to 16 inches. Lows zero to 5 below. North wind 15 mph.

Our neighbors are beginning to joke that we are a jinx with all this “snow child” talk.




5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sue Mathis
    Jan 11, 2012 @ 16:44:19

    We could have used Adam and his dozer here at my house. We use a 4-wheeler with a plow on front to clear our driveway and the poor little thing isn’t cutting it too well. Then the Borough comes through and plows our driveway in! What fun! Well, at least if I get stuck in the snow, it will be at the end of my own driveway!

  2. Mr. Baer
    Jan 12, 2012 @ 08:26:27

    Beware February 1st!!!!

  3. Tammie
    Jan 12, 2012 @ 15:43:13

    I followed a link from another blog to read about your new book that is coming out .It looks wonderful! Your snowfall is outrageous and i wish you the best as you get through your days. I am in NW MT and we have hardly any snow, so unusual. That jetstream is taking it all to you, but too much of it! Be safe.

    • Eowyn Ivey
      Jan 12, 2012 @ 18:14:18

      Hi Tammie — I’m so glad you found your way to my blog! No snow in Montana? That does sound unusual. I know I speak for the entire neighborhood when I say we would be happy to share some of ours 🙂 I do wish you a great winter!

  4. Carol A. Little
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 17:05:12

    Dear Eowyn,
    Fortunately, I learned of your book in the February issue of the COSTCO Connection. Although I entered the signed book contest, I made a special trip (I know, 22 miles is nothing in Alaska!!), to the Delaware Costco. I’ve just finished the book tonight – could not put it down for Part three, although much other work beckoned.The Snow Child was charming, and you have done excellent writing for your first book. I’ll be looking forward to your next book, and enjoy your blog!
    Congratulations, and best wishes!
    Carol A. Little, Kennett Square, PA

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