Most years here: An inch or two overnight that is melted away by the next afternoon
Once every decade or so: 8 or 9" that lingers for a week or so
RIGHT NOW: 14" or so of snow with about 3/4" of ice on top of it.
Knowing that the ice storm was aheadin' our direction, I took off yesterday to go into town and stock up on candles, batteries, etc. I scratched and clawed about halfway up our hill but just couldn't get the traction to crest it. So I decided to go down the hill and take the "long way" into town. That was a good plan. Too bad I didn't stick to the plan. About a 1/4 mile from my place, your moron author instead gets the great idea: "hey, just turn around in the neighbor's driveway, and head back at the hill with a little bit of momentum!
We had punched out early at work, and I had very little trouble getting around [rainmanvoice]of course I'm an excellent driver[/rainmanvoice] in it only an hour or so earlier but this time I was bested. Stuck in my neighbor's driveway. I huffed and puffed my cold little feet up to their front door and told 'em what happened. They didn't seem to concerned. Certainly not concerned enough to offer to help or anything. "Oh, no worries. We won't be heading down that driveway anytime soon. Good luck!" So a couple passers-by with 4x4 trucks got me back on the main road. I built as much speed as I thought I could handle, and made it up the hill. Yay!
Further up, I had to face the decision of whether to take the gently sloping side road or try to make it up the steeper section to get to the state highway. If the light was green, I'd be golden. Red light, come to a stop? Dunno if I could get moving again. So I took the gently sloping side road. There was a pickup spun out, blocking most of the road, and a pedestrian in the way. Traction was scarce... Barely making it up this gentle rise. Must not lose momentum... I WILL STOP FOR NOTHING!!1! Lay on the horn to spook the pedestrian off into the ditch, and keep on driving! Woohoo! I get to to flat spot where this side road intersects the main highway. And what to my wondering eyes should appear? A chained-up ambulance getting crossed up and stuck in the intersection. I needed to go left, but the ambalamps was in the way. Screw it! If we lose power, we have blankets. We can sit in the dark and make pillow forts and curl up in our blankets 'til we die. So I turned right, and went home empty-handed.
Which brings us to the picture above. I was getting a little cabin fever today with the three grandbrats running amok. (Yes, there are three here now) so I figured I'd try to liberate the car from the frozen funk. If I could just. get. up. the. driveway, the roads were starting to clear. I would have a few moments of white-knuckle-snowy-road-no-chains-bald-tires-I-don't need not steenkin' chains peace and quiet. But no. Could not get the car unstuck. So I walked to the little country store about a mile away and helped push a stuck car back onto the road. Good deed status: DONE.
Remember that part up above where I mentioned the 3/4" ice layer on top of the snow? I break right through it as I walk, but the dogs only break through on about half their steps, and go skating with their other feet. It is hilarious. Yes, I am snowed in and reduced to getting my tee-hees from watching my dog try to get into proper pooping posture only to have his feet slide out from under him. Such is my life.