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January 29, 2009 - Jim Bartholow
This week’s blast of winter weather makes me long for springtime.
After a fresh layer of snow blanketed the area Monday, we got a coating of freezing rain Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. Ice covered everything: the snow on the ground had a varnished look. Poor Loki had a tough time negotiating her 12-pound body around on the ice-coated snow, but she managed.
Monday morning I was really proud that I brushed off the snow from the driveway and sidewalk, but by Wednesday I was wondering if that was a good idea, because the freezing rain turned anything reasonably level into a skating rink. The sand I had been putting down for traction on our sidewalk was covered up by an inch of ice, looking somewhat like a decoupage project.
Then, Wednesday night the temperature dropped and any hope of clearing away the ice disappeared. It was as solid as concrete. I did manage, however, to put some ruts in the driveway early Wednesday, but they froze solid so now we have lots of ridges to run over.
Fortunately, we continue to have power, so the ice on all the power lines and trees around us continue to be a source of amazement to me. And as the wind blows through the trees you can hear that distinctive clicking sound of the ice cracking on the tree limbs. Occasionally, we’ll hear a loud “pop,” when a large tree limb succumbs to the weight of all that ice and breaks off. All the ice and snow accumulated on the trees look like a calendar scene. However, if all that weather cut off our power, it would be another story.
Around town it’s odd to see all the trees drooping under the weight of the ice. And slushy water along the curbs, blocked from the storm drains by all that ice and snow, made for some tricky traveling. But thanks to the hard work of city crews, normal drainage is being restored.
We live on top of a hill and I have to say the city of Marietta road crews have really taken care of us. Salt, sand, plowing. The crews have made regular trips up and down our hill. Thanks, for all you do.
I just hope the snow and ice don’t melt all at once, creating other issues down the road.................
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