Could You Stand Having to Shovel Lake Effect Snow?

Could You Handle Clearing You Driveway Nearly 24/7?

  • Yeah, I could handle it. It's not a big deal.

    Votes: 13 61.9%
  • No, I probably move or kill myself.

    Votes: 8 38.1%

  • Total voters
    21
  • Poll closed .

John Doe 57

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Original poster
Jan 26, 2008
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Los Angeles, CA
Here is the scenario:

Wednesday Night: 2 to 4 inches of Snow, 2 - 4" Total
Thursday: 10 to 16 inches of Snow, 12 - 20" Total
Thursday Night: 9 to 13 inches of Snow, 21 - 33" Total
Friday: 33 to 39 inches of Snow, 54 - 72" Total (4.5 to 6 Feet)
Friday Night: 16 to 22 inches of Snow, 70 - 94" Total (5.9 to 7.8 Feet)
Saturday: 3 to 7 inches of Snow, 73 - 101" of Snow, (6 to 8.4 Feet)

Not to mention that there will be wind gusts of 50 to 60 mph, so snow drifts will play a HUGE factor in clearing your driveway.


BTW, this is currently happening in the Tug Hill region of New York State. Snow amounts of 5 to 6 inches per hour are being witnessed. This scenario is not made up.
 

QuarterSwede

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Oct 1, 2005
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Colorado Springs, CO
Why not wait until it stops? That's what we do in CO. That and have a Jeep that can move it out of the way. Generally we just let the sun melt it ... of course we're over a mile closer and usually have sunny skies and that makes a huge difference.
 
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iShater

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Aug 13, 2002
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Chicagoland
I'd probably bite the bullet and go out and shovel every few hours. I have done that last year when we had a few days of snow in IL. Not fun, but almost necessary so that you can actually dig yourself out.

I always say that I should move, but I never do/will. :eek:
 
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John Doe 57

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Original poster
Jan 26, 2008
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Los Angeles, CA
I forgot to mention that you probably would/should have to get onto your roof and clear the snow off. 8 feet of snow on a roof can raque havoc on it, especially if you let it sit there and melt from the Sun and the heat your home produces.
 
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steve2112

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Feb 20, 2009
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East of Lyra, Northwest of Pegasus
If we get a couple of inches around here, people freak out. I can't even imagine snow like that. Stuff like that is why I have a geographic cut off on where I will live. I refuse to live anywhere that gets those kind of temps or that amount of snow. In fact, I would really like to get a sys admin job in say, the Bahamas so I won't have to deal with cold weather. :)
 
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mperkins37

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Jan 17, 2007
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Phoenix, AZ
Lived in Traverse city MI for many years & had more snowfall than that most years. All I had was a standard snow shovel. We used to get snow drifts all the way up to the roofs of 2 story houses. We'd get onto the roof & shovel them off regularly & jump down on the drift side.
Good times......
BRRRRRRR.
 
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Decrepit

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Sep 6, 2007
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Foothills to the Rocky Mountains
I've lived in Minot, ND where the wind blows so hard that the house across the street was covered, and I could see the grass on my front lawn. All of the snow that had been there blew across the street. :)

I've also lived in Rome, NY, so I know lake-effect. Not Buffalo lake effect, but heavy nonetheless.

It's nice once in a while if you're prepared. It does get old rapidly. I prefer cold to hot though. You can't get arrested for bundling up in winter. You can get arrested for getting too comfortable in the summer. :D
 
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monokakata

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May 8, 2008
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Hilo, Hawai'i
I live in Colden, NY, where the Highway Department has a sign "Snow Capitol of Western NY." And usually it is.

Yesterday I shoveled twice (about 6" the first time, and about a foot the last time) and then at 5 AM today so I could leave, I had to do another foot.

The key is to find a pace you can keep at for a while. My driveway is about 100' long, so it's not a quick job.

When I can't do it anymore, and need a snowblower, I'll move. I am, ahem, an old guy.
 
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scotty96LSC

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Oct 24, 2007
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Charlotte, NC
I live in Colden, NY, where the Highway Department has a sign "Snow Capitol of Western NY." And usually it is.

Yesterday I shoveled twice (about 6" the first time, and about a foot the last time) and then at 5 AM today so I could leave, I had to do another foot.

The key is to find a pace you can keep at for a while. My driveway is about 100' long, so it's not a quick job.

When I can't do it anymore, and need a snowblower, I'll move. I am, ahem, an old guy.
Interesting. I lived in Oswego for a number of years and I thought Oswego was the "Snow Capital."
 
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sypherod

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Dec 3, 2009
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I like the cold and snow, so i don't think I would mind it. I probably don't want that much snow, if it happens too often. Once in a while, I think it can be fun, but definitely exhausting.
 
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Gregg2

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May 22, 2008
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Milwaukee, WI
Why not wait until it stops? That's what we do in CO. That and have a Jeep that can move it out of the way. Generally we just let the sun melt it ... of course we're over a mile closer and usually have sunny skies and that makes a huge difference.
Um, because it's cold! I used to live in CO also, and it melted away much faster than "back east". I don't think the proximity to the sun is the reason, especially when it's Chinook season.
 
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monokakata

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May 8, 2008
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Hilo, Hawai'i
Interesting. I lived in Oswego for a number of years and I thought Oswego was the "Snow Capital."
Oswego is the Snow Capitol of Central NY -- Colden is it for Western NY.

But let's face it -- outfits like Highway Departments can and do claim pretty much whatever they want to.
 
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Ttownbeast

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May 10, 2009
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Been there done that, Great Lakes RTC north of Chicago winter of 1994/95, the snows in Montana at high altitude were slightly softer in comparison around 1998/99 (of course in MT few people shoveled they just drove on the top)
 
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synth3tik

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Oct 11, 2006
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Minneapolis, MN
That is an incredible amount of snow.

I think there is something wrong with me. One of the few things I enjoy about winter is shoveling snow. Maybe it's because people who do a half ass job really get to me. It might be my way of feeling just in my disappointment.

I remember the Halloween blizzard of '91 when we got 28" of snow. I was 12 and my old man said. "Well you want to be a man right? Well men shovel snow". That was a great Halloween. That should have made me hate shoveling, but somehow it didn't. Maybe if I dealt with lake effect snow my views would be different.
 
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OutThere

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Dec 19, 2002
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NYC
Snow plows are beautiful things. We average less than 100"/year and even with that shoveling is not a game I want to play. We've only had about 12" yet this winter.

If only we could jam a huge mountain next to Buffalo. Limitless and absurd East Coast powder. 10 feet of snow in a few days? It'd be a mecca.
 
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