We made it, folks. The hashtag-Blizzard of 2015 – also known as Snowmaggedon 2015 and Juno – is behind us now, though many are still trying to find their cars, shovel out their driveways, and find a place to put all that snow. Some parts of the Northeast received up to three feet of the powdery white stuff, and many areas sustained white out conditions and high winds for much of the day. In our area, they’d predicted up to two feet, significant enough for the most hardcore of Mainers to head out to Reny’s to get some storm supplies. We ended up getting just about that, no more.
A lover of weather extremes, I ventured out the afternoon of the great storm in my snowshoes – my good ol’ Tubbs – and my camera.
And to no one’s surprise, there was no one out but a few determined neighbors snow blowing their sidewalks, and a small army of plows from the City of Bath.
Wind and ice whipping my face, it was very difficult to see. Normally, you get a view of Lake Winnegance and the Rt. 209 bridge going out to Phippsburg and Popham Beach, but the blizzard made it completely disappear.
Even the Winnegance General Store was temporarily obliterated from view.
Until I was right on it. Too bad I couldn’t stop and take a break from all that blizzardry, because the store was not open. And the Winnegance General Store is always open.
Guess they, too, were hunkered down in the storm, hopefully eating something wonderful and homemade. I’d like to think that.
Two days later, school is back in session and the roads and driveways have been cleared, mostly, with a warning from the Bath Police Department that motorists should approach intersections with caution, as the snowbanks are particularly high. Leave your headlights on, too, they say, as an extra precaution.
And soon the snow banks will grow even higher, maybe even as high as Mount Katahdin. According to the National Weather Service, more snow is on the way for Friday and possibly Monday.
I think I might head to Reny’s this time.