Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
Kevin Standlee
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Snow, Ice, and Rain

After the snowstorm here in Fernley, ice was everywhere.

Fernley Free Library

There's a Free Library between the house and the Wigwam Restaurant/Casino, and when I walked down there on Saturday (on the walk that let to me losing my wedding ring) to deposit a book (and incidentally collect one), I was taken by how cute it looked in the snow. From the evidence (pristine snow around it), I was the first customer at the Fernley Free Library since the storm.

Clearing the Wood Box

In the afternoon, with the weather clearing, I started widening the snow removal from the sidewalks and clearing off the top of the wood box. The icicles hanging off the house are a hazard, and when I could reach them, I would knock them down.

Fireplace Icicles

I left these hanging near the chimney alone because we don't go into that area.

Woodpile Hazard

I beat a path around the house to the large woodpile, but decided to not try and get at the wood there due to the large number of icicles hanging over the pile.

Last of the Icicles

Today, after the rain started falling, I got in a little closer to take a picture of what was left of one of the largest accumulations of ice.

Slanted Icicles

We also got some "slanted" icicles caused by the snow starting to relax off the roof of the garage.

Hawk

In the afternoon, Lisa and I took an empty propane bottle down to be refilled. As we were rolling out the back gate, a hawk flew in, harassed by a crow. The crow went away, and the hawk roosted in this tree across the street. He was still there when we came back with the propane bottle later. Strictly speaking, we didn't need to refill this right away (we keep reserves), but since it was (barely) clear enough to make it to Hanneman Service on foot, we decided to refill the bottle now.

Lisa got the Small Orange Pickup out of the garage later and we went to Big R, where they were out of walk-clearing salt but did have a few snow shovels left, then after that went to Scolari's to get some groceries. Like with the propane, we could have put this off due to our reserves, but when the opportunity presents itself to get out and restock, we take it.

Taking advice from the people at Big R, I applied wax to the new snow shovel, and later that night, Lisa and I got out and used it to clear a path on the last second of sidewalk that was still blocked with snow. Waxing the snow shovel does indeed make it easier to use because the snow is less likely to freeze to the shovel.

This morning, the promised rain arrived. I got out and used the new shovel to clear the full width of the sidewalks, then I laid down more absorbent grit, because the sidewalks were very slippery with rain on recently-frozen surfaces.

The rain fell all day, and some of the pictures I've seen of high water in Reno are quite impressive. Parts of Sparks have been closed off due to flooding, and the Truckee River is well above flood stage, as is the Walker River out of Carson City. In Fernley, there are reports of localized flooding, but where I live is relatively higher than much of the town. We still have lots of slush and minor flooding because there's nowhere for the water to go, but we have it relatively easy compared to people in lower-lying areas who were sandbagging their homes.

Although technically I-80 was open with no chain controls, I would have felt very unsafe trying to drive over it in the Rolling Stone today, with high winds and large amounts of rain. Caltrans reported local flooding caused by ice clogging storm drains, and there were a number of videos showing them pumping water away in spectacular fashion. Me, I'm happier to stay home, rearrange my work schedule and other appointments, and wait for better weather.
Tags: fernley, house, snow, weather
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