The Blizzard Warning was issued early by the Weather Service, early enough for me to head for work yesterday 3 hours early and to leave work 5 hours early. Driving home from work before noon in some hard rain, I was home in time for the rain/snow to turn into real snow.
Our lights blinked, then we lost power for a bit last night. Luckily, it wasn't for long. A representative from the local power company was on the radio this morning reporting that there were 50K households at the peak of power loss. There was heat and light through the night. The wind is really blowing this morning and the wires are laden with ice......things could still go dark.
What looked like soft, pretty snow on the cars, the tractor, the railings, etc., etc. has the consistency of those freezer glaciers, the ones reminding us that it's time to defrost. I got out one of our steel shovels; there's simply no way to scrape the top layer off. If you can't get down to the base, there's no way you'll penetrate the pile part way down.
I was out after dark to give the kitties some 'desert' and in the short time I was out, heard pops up in the woods of tree limbs giving way.
Based on radio reports, what and where I walked around, I'm guessing we gained about 8 inches. Without my meteorological degree, I'll have to guess; the drifting once again makes it hard to know. I do know there are too many deep spots.