Three guys, three shovels, two hours to clear the snow off the garage and slightly-less-than-lethal part of the house roof.
With the temps never getting above freezing for weeks now, the slip-‘n-slide self-clearing function on the roof only works on the steeper pitch, not on the low-pitch back of the house. In addition, the garage roof is thin sheet metal and flat as a billiard table, and it had about a foot and a half of snow on it. Since we’re looking at 12-22″ of additional snow tomorrow, that had to come off, lest the additional mass of heavy snow makes the garage pancake in onto our water pipes and well pump (possibly flattening several dachshunds in the process.)
These last few weeks have been expensive in the “Hired Help” department. Between plow guy, the garage defrosting, and the roof shoveling, we’ll be out a few bucks when the bills get in later this month.
A few pictures for the “That’s a lot of snow” album:
The front of Castle Frostbite as of, uh, fifteen minutes ago.
The unheated porch (a.k.a. the Barbecue Wing) of the Castle. Note the popular Avian Bar & Grill to the left of the porch. It’s the top place in town to grab a lunch if you have feathers.
The driveway, freshly plowed and navigable. This is a temporary state. Barring frequent snowblower intervention, by tomorrow the only thing that will be able to come up this driveway needs to be wearing tracks or chains.
The snow pile in front of the back patio door. This mostly came from the roof right above.
And that’s your news update from Snowmageddon XI 2011. Stay tuned for the Dog Lottery to find out which one of the dachshunds we choose to be eaten last. Now I’m going to eat some lunch, and have a cider with it, so there.