Ice Coming?

Discussion in 'Weather' started by Ford Man, Feb 10, 2021.

  1. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Sounds nasty.
     
  2. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Snow still coming down. But, its supposed to warm & go away.........good, if the prediction is accurate. I don’t even walk on snow....if I slip, even a little, my back can go out.....& has.
     
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  3. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    "forewarned is forearmed"
     
  4. Ford Man

    Ford Man Well-Known Member

    So far we're still in pretty good shape here. Last night we got maybe 1/2" of sleet and snow. They're forecasting 2-5" for today a downgrade from 3-7" they were forecasting yesterday.

    Litesong, I know all about the back going out. I've had chronic back pain for 21 years from a construction accident. Mine sometimes goes out when turning to get out of the car. I've had it go out when walking and accidentally stepping in hole. If you have chronic back pain like I do and there's a gym around with an indoor pool walking and exercising in the water will likely give you quite a bit of pain relief. I started doing an hour of pool therapy a day about a year ago. My pain level has dropped from about a 7 or 8 the majority of the time to around a 5 most of the time. The reduction in pain has also helped my mental state. I still have flair ups on a pretty regular basis where I'll have pain in the 8-10 range but it's not like having that type of pain all the time.
     
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  5. Ford Man

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    New update on the weather, now the local news station is predicting 6-9" for my area but we're near the line for an area with less accumulation so if we hit the 6-9" we may be on the lower end of the spectrum.

    I just changed the oil in my '02 Escort a week ago Saturday. The temps then were in the 40's. I'm sure glad I did it while it was warmer.
     
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  6. Ford Man

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    Another update. Still getting freezing rain/sleet. I went out a couple hours ago to put ice melt down to clear the porch and steps at that time there was about 1" of ice/snow on the sidewalk and the trees are starting to get pretty heavily iced. I haven't heard a new forecast for the area since I posted awhile ago but, I hope it soon stops freezing rain/sleet and turns to snow.
     
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  7. Ford Man

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    Well the snow as started. Flakes about the size of quarters and lots of them. If this continues throughout the night I'm pretty sure the forecast 6-9" will easily be met.
     
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  8. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Our turn. There's about a quarter inch of ice. Pretty because I'm not going out till later. Should be above freezing with rain later. Have to take the puppy for her 2nd shot(s).
     
  9. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Looks like the weather prediction is accurate. The snow is going away with light rain coming down. Supposed to continue the light rain & even have (brief?) sunny weather(so we can get our ccp coronavirus shots 60 miles away on Saturday?). Sorry about the rest of the US, with cold temps & tornadoes.
    PS....Our low 3000foot Snoqualmie Pass across the Cascade mtns on I-90 from Seattle, is still closed... maybe till Noon? Why closed? It got 47 inches of snow. The snow is melting, & avalanche danger is high.
    PS II....Now, SP won’t open till 3PM. However, sunlight is pouring thru the window, here in eastern Salish Sea(Puget Sound). Ah, summer is so nice to be here already.
     
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  10. Ford Man

    Ford Man Well-Known Member

    Stay safe.

    Yesterday we ended up with close to an additional 1/4" of ice then snow on top of it. Looks to be about 2" of snow on top of ice. The high temperature here today has been about 14-15* after a low last night of 3".
     
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  11. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Thanks, I hate it when the ice is underneath. The other way around is easier for cleanup. I hope your highway departments have the special ice melt for lower temperatures. I think that's often calcium chloride.
     
  12. Ford Man

    Ford Man Well-Known Member

    I got out this morning to take my wife to work for the first time since the last ice/snow. She works about 11-12 miles away with about 4-5 miles of it secondary 2 lane roads. Secondary 2 lane roads are still covered with packed ice/snow and 4 lane roads have one lane cleared and the other packed ice/snow. Only place I had any trouble was in my own driveway. It's on a slight incline when coming in and I have less aggressive all season tires. I tried to back in so I'd be ready to pull out instead of having to back out in this weather. I wasn't able to get any speed to back up because the street in front of the house is covered with ice/snow. I was able to get the car off the road and into the edge of the driveway so that's where I left it parked.

    Here we go again. It's supposed to start up again this afternoon sort of like it did the other day. It's possibly going to start out with sleet/freezing rain then turn to snow again. As of yesterday they were predicting .1-.2" of ice and the possibility of 4"+ of snow.
     
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  13. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    I imagine the inclined entry portion of your driveway will be difficult to walk on as well, so watch your step getting in/out of your car. I have a pair of ice cleats that one would snap onto the soles of any shoes, but it's been years since I last saw them. They were very non-agressive steel nubs embedded on a rubber web. That would have been handy yesterday for me as well. I presume you'll sand/salt/deice as you're able or inclined to...

    Good luck with the next round of ice and snow!
     
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  14. Ford Man

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    The snow started about 1/2 hour ago. I was able to get the car about 2/3 of the way up the driveway this afternoon before the snow started again. The drive way is slick but I've got a pair of snow boots with good knobby tread on the soles so I get pretty good traction with those.
     
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  15. Ford Man

    Ford Man Well-Known Member

    I haven't been outside today but it looks like maybe we got an additional 3" of snow last night. Things could have been a lot worse.
     
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  16. litesong

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    Went for a walk this morning. It was quite nice. Haven’t seen packs of robins for 1.5 months. But, they were out today. Other birds were twittering....even without their computers. Three days ago, I said our summer had come. WWWeeelllll....not quite. But, I can see Spring in the distance! My wife has been supporting hummingbirds for 3 or 4 years. Now, she’s got suet, seeds, peanuts & corn for the Black-capped Chickadees, English sparrows, Oregon Junco’s, house finches, Rufous-sided Towhees, Stellar Jays, & Gray squirrels. We even had a red-winged Blackbird in the yard. We’ll see what the Spring Migration brings. Really love the yellow & Audubon warblers, western Tanagers, Bullock’s Orioles, & Black-headed Grosbeaks. Won’t say that an Eagle, hawk or falcon won’t show up, either.
    The hummers don’t like it. They used to have the backyard pretty much to themselves. Now, they have to share air space with other birds. Yeah, the air corridors are getting pretty tight....way too tight when a big flock of birds homes in on our yard.
     
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  17. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    I had "funny" associations in mind as I read your post. blackbird, sparrow, eagle, hawk, falcon, hummer... first thought was "what a mighty big yard to fit an SR-71 Blackbird in it!" :D

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  18. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Oh, we got room for an SR-71 Blackbird......if the engines were uprated just a bit, there would be room to take-off, too. Yeah, just stack the Blackbird vertically & touch off the engines. Of course, all our old wooden fences for 15 neighbors around would all get blown down. But, that’ll be OK. Of what homes that didn’t get blown down, the entire neighborhood would burn down too, so no one would worry about fences.

    PS.....Oh, oh....just looked up the wing span of the SR-71. No, it won’t fit in the backyard. I was thinking about the size of the immense engines & thought they wouldn’t fit vertically in our backyard, much less the rest of the SR-71 wingspan.
    That’s good! I just saved the neighborhood from burning down.
     
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  19. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Good job. You're a true humanitarian.
     
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  20. 08EscapeHybrid

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    We've had snow & ice frequently recently. Good news is my $25 snow blower is finally sorted out.

    2 1/2 years ago I bought an older (15 years) but very good condition single stage snow blower for $25 at a rummage sale. Used it that winter, but it didn't work great. Still better than shoveling. The following spring I took it to my dad. He's retired now and loves tinkering. We ordered a bunch of stuff online. new auger, belt, carburateur, spark plug, bearings, and cables. Dad worked on it over the summer, and we thought all was good. It started right up, ran well, and the auger spun.

    That winter we got almost no snow, so I didn't get to test it all that well. Fast forward to this winter. The first snow it did alright, but the chute clogged a lot. Then I noticed the belt was slipping, and I couldn't get it adjusted tight enough. I ordered a cheap belt online one inch shorter, and I couldn't even get it on. With snow coming the next day I went to an auto parts store and bought the closest belt I could get... That still didn't work right.

    I finally broke down and went to a small engine dealer and ORDERED the right belt from the manufacturer. It was $30, but now the snowblower works GREAT! My suspicion is that the cheap belts online are metric belts, and they're generously rounding to SAE measurements. The 1/2 x 35 belt I ordered online was WAY too big, but the one I ordered from the dealer was just right. I actually had minor difficulty getting it on because it was so tight.

    With the snow/sleet/ice earlier this week it went through it very well, with a good throw out of the chute, and did not clog but once or twice, and that was with me doing the sidewalks on my entire block, and two of my neighbor's driveways.
     
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