Snownado? Snowpocalypse? Knife? Elsa?
Even in grad school, weather can wreak havoc! I grew up in the Buffalo area, and spent undergrad in Rochester, so I was decently prepared. I just wasn’t expecting…this much snow!!
On Monday night when the storm was brewing, I was in complete denial and spending the night studying late on campus. It started snowing around 9pm, but still in complete denial. It’s Buffalo! You can’t expect a few flurries to cause any problems! Ha!……then came the thunder snow…
By 11:30 I was heading home finally. Walking to my car, the roads were icy but still did not think it was too bad. Maybe just a few flurries would slow down my driving? Ohhhhh! But I was DEAD WRONG! You see, I live in the Southtowns….so by the time I got close to the 400 entrance on the highway…it was so bad of driving that I couldn’t even take the exit! By then I have already avoided a few cars who had done 360′s and spun right into the ditch! Thankfully, I was able to get off at a later exit and head back toward my destination. Once I got into my town though….it was NO VISIBILITY!!! It was like the world in a video game was just completely failing to render…could only see snow pelting itself against the windshield! Well, when I finally made it into my driveway (after almost getting stuck in town twice!) I got stuck! At the bottom of the driveway! (It’s long and uphill) Thankfully, living with my supportive parents during graduate school means the cavalry arrived shortly. And we were able to finally push the car to a shoveled out spot on the side of the driveway, since there was no way it was getting up the driveway that night!
Fast forward a bit through the week. And yes, it was an entire week of school being closed and a driving ban on my town. The snow ended up at over 6 feet, with the lake effect snow storm hitting my town not once, but TWICE! Thankfully, I was able to use the extra time to study study study for classes since finals are looming over our heads. Also, did I mention I live in the middle of the woods? So, we had the issue of trees coming down on the driveway. And what was really scary was the lightning (yay! thunder snow! ..not) would flash in oranges and reds so it looked like the outdoors was on fire at night!
Over the course of the week, I was sent out a few times to snow shovel. That was tough when you can barely walk because the snow is up to your hips! Finally, the driving ban was lifted in my town by Saturday and the roads were clear enough to drive safely. Though, we still had the weeee little problem of being stuck in my un-plowed driveway which had 3 feet of snow! (It sounds little, doesn’t it??) We had a guy contracted to plow earlier when the storm began who’s truck broke, so we were still stranded! After all the calls placed to find someone to plow the driveway, a plow guy with a bucket loader arrived to dig us out on Sunday!! After almost a week of being trapped in the house, the excitement is overwhelming to finally be free to leave the house.
Being trapped in the house for a week during a snow storm definitely teaches you lessons that you would not learn in a classroom. You learn to be appreciative and thankful for having enough food to last the week, running water, and electricity. I am especially thankful to have spent the week with my parents, who are much more knowledgeable and prepared for natural disasters than me. I have definitely learned that while living in Buffalo, keep non-perishable food and water among other survival items that are super helpful so you don’t end up like the Donner Party. Not just in your home, but to keep your car stocked with survival items is crucial. I totally suggest keeping a snow shovel, cat litter, granola bars, water, and a blanket along with your typical stash of snow scraper and extra winter boots. Because you never know if one night you will end up trapped in a snowstorm in Buffalo!
On that note of thankfulness, I leave you with this Fantastic Thanksgiving video!!! :-)