Well, our snowstorm did materialize. When we awoke this morning there was about 2 inches of snow on the ground. It was a wet, heavy snow and as the day continued so did the snow, up to an inch an hour at some points. We heard the trees and limbs start to fall mid-morning, sounding like cracks of gun fire as they fell to the ground, their leaves draped with snow. We went out earlier and tried to shake the snow off the limbs of the trees around the house, but despite our best intentions the first tree hit the house at about 11. A glancing blow that rattled the windows, the tree somehow missed all the electrical wires as it fell against the covered front porch.
As we worked to clear snow from the tree limbs, it became clear we were no match for the accumulating snow. I called 911 at one point to find out if they could send someone with a ladder to help us prevent one of the trees, leaning precariously, from falling on the house. A two-man crew from Mt. Weather stopped by but said they couldn’t help, and the snow was so bad at that point that their four-wheel drive truck got suck in our driveway. They managed to winch their way out by hooking the truck to a tree.
Thankfully, Bryan Godfrey, who has done tree work for us before, managed to get up the mountain and save the day. Donning all of his climbing equipment, he went halfway up the tree and managed to cut down the limbs that were pulling it toward the house. The power went out shortly afterward when the winds picked up. We have a lot of clean-up to do, but at least we could spend the evening in our cold and dark house knowing that a tree wasn’t going to fall through our foyer.