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Snowmageddon Revisited

January 13, 2017



Thanks to all of you who heard about Portland's big snow storm and e-mailed to ask if Mrs. Chatterbox and I were okay. We survived the storm quite well, although we've been snowbound since Tuesday night and are now suffering from cabin fever. I'd just finished packing the last of my mother's things into a U-Haul truck when the flakes started falling. They say we haven't had snow like this in a decade.


Here are a few pictures I managed to take yesterday when I finally ventured outside:




View from our rear balcony




Looking across our driveway. The fellow in the yellow slicker shoveling snow didn't offer to do our driveway.





This father struggled to make a snowman with his son, but the boy kept knocking it over and laughing with glee. They were having a terrific time.





 These stairs are on the path I normally walk, and while they were shoveled they were too slick to climb.





Many cars were completely covered and only started reappearing when the sun came out.





 This was the farthest I made it before returning to the warmth of my holographic fire.



I'll be joining Mrs. Chatterbox, son CJ and his lady friend in attempting an overnight trip to the coast (approximately a hundred miles away) later today. CJ is an expert driver and has chains and all-wheel drive and is confident we can make it. I hope he's right. Hopefully, I'll have some interesting photos to show on Monday.


Take care, and everyone have a safe and warm weekend.




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Safe travels! I'd heard about your snow. That's a lot. We had ice last weekend, but that's it.
By: Alex J. Cavanaugh on January 13, 2017
Looks like a lot of snow. Can you believe a couple nights ago we had thunderstorms? Thunder and lightning in January in Michigan! The weather is just crazy anymore. At least California finally got some rain, though of course then it was too much too fast. Still if I drove through now some of the lakes shown on my GPS might actually be lakes.
By: PT Dilloway on January 13, 2017
whew- we lived in the Portland area forever- my sweetie was born there and I moved there in 1963...we have endured those snow storms ....and when they occur they are awful since PDX really isn't setup for snow let alone ice storms. Our sympathies and be safe-have fun at the coast. Looking forward to your photos and stories!
By: Kathe W. on January 13, 2017
Love the snow pictures! Even my NC relatives got more snow than we did in this last storm - we only had around 3 inches! Have fun on your trip!
By: The Bug on January 13, 2017
In Atlantic Canada we call this "flurries" ... (just kidding!) And it's all in what you're used to - snow is hazardous if it's not treated with respect. Have a safe journey!
By: jenny_o on January 13, 2017
I wish we had this snow! You did get quite the storm! It looks like a winter wonderland there.
By: Birgit on January 13, 2017
Looks like a heavy snow. 8 inches of heavy snow is worse than 16 inches of fluff!
By: cranky on January 13, 2017
Snow is a very rare occurrence in my neck of the woods, but wait.... it's not exactly common for you, either, is it?! We've been in the 70sF all week. Hope you have a safe, fun, trip.
By: Kelly on January 13, 2017
I'd stay a lot closer to the fire than you did but then you folks of the Great Northwest are a rugged lot.
By: Catalyst on January 13, 2017
Enjoy the weekend, Stephen, and safe travels. I hope we don't see snow in the forecast for a long time. 30 inches in a month was plenty for me. Take care.
By: Mr. Shife on January 13, 2017
Been wondering how you were doing in your monster snow. It sure is pretty and if you kept power and not having to go to work had to be a blessing. Do be careful on your trip. CJ has all the proper equipment for a safe trip, just be careful of those others who are less equipped.
By: Arkansas Patti on January 13, 2017
Bon Voyage and be careful!
By: messymimi on January 13, 2017
Have a great trip, Mr. Snowman!!
By: fishducky on January 13, 2017
Now I'm REALLY glad my son got out of there in the nick of time! Enjoy your mini vacation IF you can get away.
By: Val on January 13, 2017
Thanks for sharing the photos. It appears to be a beautiful snow, but I hasten to add its beauty has a lot to do with its distance from here. I didn't mind snows when we live in Indiana, providing it was on a Saturday and I had no place I needed to be. Be safe.
By: Tom Cochrun on January 13, 2017
Wow! I've been out of the weather loop for a while....I had no idea. Glad you're all well. Have a safe trip. :)
By: scott park on January 13, 2017
People are doing the right thing by getting out and enjoying the snow.
By: red Kline on January 13, 2017
We thought we were in for something like that last weekend, but all it did was turn the driveway white for an afternoon than disappeared again. Stay warm & safe!
By: Botanist on January 13, 2017
Weird. Your place looks like what our place in CT usually looks like in January. But here, instead, we took a walk into town in what I think of as Oregon weather. It was overcast and 55 degrees.
By: Tom Sightings on January 13, 2017
It's beautiful! and I miss snow.
By: Sage on January 14, 2017
We haven't had a snow like that since 1993. We'll get a few inches now and then, but deep snow is a rarity.
By: Rick Watson on January 14, 2017
I'm surprised what looks like a bout a foot of snow has you all freaked out. But I guess living in Mass and Conn got me used to seeing a lot more snowfall than that. Have a great time on the coast!
By: Lexa Cain on January 14, 2017
I think Florida was the only state on the continent without snow with that last storm. Your photos are beautiful and so very clear. Hope things get back to normal for you all out there.
By: Bee BB Bee on January 14, 2017
I knew about your snow storm from a Facebook friend who lives in Portland. She posted a lot of beautiful snow photos. Your pictures look wonderful, too, but having lived in Buffalo I remember how frustrating it can get after a while. Enjoy your trip to the coast - looking forward to the pictures!
By: Pixel Peeper on January 14, 2017
Only slightly jealous of the trip you'll be taking... Definitely not jealous of that snow, yuck :) You should have peed on that guys snow for not shoveling your driveway too! Glad all is well and you guys are warm!
By: Hey Monkey Butt on January 14, 2017
don't care for snow. it's pretty in pictures and that's the way I like to see it. it's cold and wet and then you are cold and wet.
By: Ellen Abbott on January 15, 2017
Stay safe!! I remember snow storms like that. They are beautiful and first.
By: Tabor on January 16, 2017

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