When we woke up on Monday, 1/10/11, we were greeted by 6 to 7 inches of snow. Hey...we moved to East Tennessee from Chicago to get away from this stuff! Notice that there were no tire tracks in the snow on our street, and this photo was taken mid-morning.
We are on a through street with several homes in either direction but it was 2:10 PM before the first vehicle passed our house! The good news is that it was a snowplow... I decided that I would need to at least unclog the head of our driveway if we were going to be able to get one of our cars out in the next couple of days. Fortunately, we had decided to bring a snow shovel with us when we moved from the north land. Between Laurie and I, we cleared the driveway enough so errands could be taken care of...
Here's a photo of our mailbox after the storm. Even it looks cold! We're beginning to wonder about our luck with the weather. When we moved to East Tennessee in the summer of 2009, it turned out that it was the wettest summer on record for the area! That was followed by the 6th coldest winter in recorded history for the area.
(The only good news is that we only had about 4" of snow all winter!)
Then we followed up with a summer which proved to be the highest recorded average temperature...ever! Following that, this past December proved to be the coldest December in recent history. Now we'd love to have just average East Tennessee weather for the next couple of years!
This is our house the morning after the storm...a pretty photo but we wouldn't mind it if we never had the opportunity to take another snow photo! Snow is an interesting phenomenon in this area. Everything shuts down...schools, offices, banks, etc. Just the mention of possible snow triggers a mild panic. A 6" snow fall in Chicago wouldn't hardly warrant a mention unless it happened at rush hour!
This is a view of the lake and the mountains from our up-stairs window. Slate gray, but still a heck of a lot more attractive than Chicago in the winter!
Thanks to Laurie for these and almost all of my Blog photos. She adds a bit of quality to the site that I admit I seem unable to capture. Have a great day!