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Who here is in the big winter storm?

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  • Who here is in the big winter storm?

    And where are you located? How much snow are you expecting? Are you well-prepared?

    We have escaped the sleet and slow and have been having drenching rain all day. Supposed to freeze on the roads and turn to snow overnight. We shouldn't get much. My DD in the DC area is expecting 20+ inches.

    My mares are in their blankies in their stalls till further notice. I'm feeding small amts. of hay every few hours. Each time I feed, I also clean the stalls. So far so good. I have never seen so much mud in my entire life.

    "Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." -Groucho Marx

  • #2
    We are expecting 18-24" in northern Virginia. I have 5 gallons of milk 3 loaves of bread, 6 cartons of cigs, 3 bottles of Old New England Egg Nog (high test)...Just kidding! (about everything except the booze, of course!) I stopped at the store after work today to get some vanilla extract to make Christmas cookies this weekend. It looked like Armageddon!

    It's 11:36pm, been snowing since 7:30pm, and now coming down like crazy. And of course it's only 25 degrees!

    The Fatlingers are tucked in their stalls with hay and are really pissed! They love the snow. They are in because we are also supposed to be getting high winds tonight with the driving snow. They will get to go out tomorrow and roll in the snow and get little snowballs in their manes.

    Hey Yip - Max and Honey send snowy Christmas kisses to Rose and Cookie!


    • #3
      I'm in north eastern MD and we're supposed to get 5-8 inches tonight/tomorrow and 4-6 more the next night.

      That's a lot for Maryland!

      Of course I've been waiting all winter to have my barn delivered and this weekend was going to be the perfect time (ground finally frozen, excavator ready, etc) and now we're going to be snowed out

      My 2 boys have a small run in but for the most part they're going to have to tough it out (with their full neck heavy weight blankets, heated water trough, and enough hay to feed an elephant!)
      http://www.clarkdesigngrouparchitects.com/index.html - Lets build your dream barn


      • #4
        NC with 11" of snow right now!
        "ronnie was the gifted one, victor was the brilliant intellect, and i [GM], well, i am the plodder."


        • Original Poster

          Fatlingers, lol, GP!

          I can imagine they're fit to be tied, literally. They're young and active.

          Mine are going stir crazy, esp. the *fatlinger*. It's just too horribly cold and wet to let them out. If it were snowing, I sure would - ex. if there's really high winds.

          I talked to S. mid afternoon and it hadn't begun there yet. They had gone to the store and thought it so strange that it was Friday noon and all the milk, bread, etc. was sold out. She was in college in AZ & never lived in Asheville with us, so she never experienced the storm mentality thing. That never happened our entire lives up in OH. With that much predicted, I'd be stocking up too. They might have to close Northern VA!

          You should see Cookie pulling the cart and loving it. You would be so proud! We're having a blast on the few days in 6 weeks the weather has been good enough to get out.

          Merry Christmas to your family!!

          "Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." -Groucho Marx


          • #6
            I'm in Southern MD, and we're expecting up to 22 inches. Weatherman said this is 'the big one'. Of course, they love to over-dramatize everything.

            Boys are tucked into their stalls with plenty of hay and water. Everyone is home safe and sound. Firewood on the porch.

            So... tomorrow I'll just hunker down with some hot chocolate or cider and curse the weather gods for their timing, as I'm on call Sunday! And we still haven't gotten our tree!
            Lowly Farm Hand with Delusions of Barn Biddieom.
            Witherun Farm


            • Original Poster

              alteringwego, you must be located in the mtns. Yikes! I know it's still coming down. The mtn. snowstorm is all our Clt. news is showing!

              We lived just S. of the Parkway in A'vl. for 2 years. We'll never forget the first winter. Our 2 kids were in high school and missed 22 days of school from beg. January to mid February. They had to go to school on Easter vacation and even Memorial Day to make up the snow days. That was a learning experience! Oh, that's where we learned that even when 3" of snow is forecast, the grocery stores get emptied out of bread, milk, OJ, cereal, etc.

              "Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." -Groucho Marx


              • #8
                The forecast I heard earlier was for between 12-18". We are about an hour NW of Philadelphia. Sounds like the snow won't be starting until daybreak here, so we turned our guys out tonight. Figured they will be in all day tomorrow, so might as well let them have some outside time before the snow gets here I am not looking forward to having to shovel a path to get out to the barn tomorrow!


                • #9
                  Oh man, I feel for you guys.

                  I made the mistake of staying at the barn past 6 tonight and had to drive home in the snow. I felt confident knowing I have a 4 wheel drive...but being the first time that I've driven in snow/at night....I hadn't thought about the visiability issue. It was a long drive home...took an extra 30 minutes.

                  Now it's just raw, 34 and pouring rain. We need a YUCK icon


                  • #10
                    I'm in NoVA (DC suburbs). So far about 6" but they are predicting 1' - 2'.
                    I have extra water drawn, plenty of horse/people food, but will be hating it if we lose power as that means no barn water, house heat. I brought the horses in but they are not happy about it.


                    • #11
                      I'm in the piedmont of Virginia - it's almost 7 am and there is about 6 inches? It's hard to tell because it's windy and drifts are forming.

                      Generators are fueled and on standby, round bale is out - plenty of feed, hay, water, tractor battery is charged,etc.

                      I don't worry about the snow too much - we could live out here for weeks without power.

                      I'm worried about a fast melt and... flooding. The entire area is a huge floodplain and it floods. Only one main road out - which is at creek level in some places. It closes. So if it melts - I hope it's very slow.

                      I drove in it last night and frankly - I was STUPID.

                      Hope everyone is ok - I tell you what - my chickens are going to be very very grumpy. No outdoor time for them for a couple of days!
                      Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
                      Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
                      -Rudyard Kipling


                      • #12
                        10" so far! Still coming down. Getting ready to venture down to the barn and do morning feed. I know the beasties will want to go out and might let them out for some playtime while I clean stalls. They are just like big kids in this stuff!


                        • #13
                          it's Coming

                          Looks like we are in for 12 - 18", with high winds My horses will be out in it, with lots of hay, heated water troughs and lovely run in sheds.

                          We are all prepped. I had to cancel my work plans, which sucks, but I'll enjoy the snow.


                          • #14
                            I'm in the Greensboro area and we've got about 5 inches on the ground. Ponies are all in and snuggled under their blankets, but I'm sure they will not be happy about staying in for another day.
                            Fils Du Reverdy (Revy)- 1993 Selle Francais Gelding
                            My equine soulmate
                            Mischief Managed (Tully)- JC Priceless Jewel 2002 TB Gelding


                            • #15
                              I'm right in between Baltimore & Annapolis, the latest weather report said 16-26 inches... We have about 10 right now, which is double what we were supposed to get during the night.

                              Horses are tucked in their stalls, buckets were filled with warm water and hay racks are chocked full. Plus they got more hay around 3 this morning.

                              Looking forward to some sledding
                              NOT looking forward to pushing a full wheelbarrow to the manure pile....


                              • #16
                                mybeau...why use the wheelbarrow if you have a sled? Just put a muck bucket in the sled, fill it and slide it to the manure pile. That's what I do, makes the chore sooooo much easier!

                                However I do not recommend standing on the back of the sled to ride it down to your downhill manure pile...it never works out like yoou think it's going to.
                                You jump in the saddle,
                                Hold onto the bridle!
                                Jump in the line!


                                • #17
                                  Hey all you snowbound COTHers:

                                  Do as we do in Michigan - saddle up and go for a ride (bareback is best cuz it's WARMER!!). If you've never ridden in 2 feet of snow, it's a blast! Bundle up and watch out, cuz your horsie will be a bit fresh.

                                  Make sure you have something warm to drink when you come back to the barn - you'll need it!

                                  I want to hear back on the snow riding stories - they're bound to be good!

                                  P.S. "Fatlinger" is a hilarious term! Never known a thin one!
                                  Riding: The art of keeping a horse between you and the ground.


                                  • #18
                                    That's the BEST thing about snowfalls! Even better going for a night time ride while snow is still falling. Cold and brisk and not pitch dark out...and sooo quiet and peaceful!
                                    You jump in the saddle,
                                    Hold onto the bridle!
                                    Jump in the line!


                                    • #19
                                      Ugh - can i have some please?!!

                                      We went to the movies last night at the good theatre about 20mi away- when we came out around 1030 it was snowing and gorgeous and I was in heaven - then we get home, to the beach, and of course it's just nasty driving rain -

                                      I was hoping it would turn overnight, but nope, woke up this morning to more nasty, driving rain.

                                      God I hate the beach sometimes.
                                      Friend of bar.ka!
                                      Originally posted by MHM
                                      GM quote of the day, regarding the correct way to do things:
                                      "There's correct, and then there's correct. If you're almost correct, that means you're wrong."


                                      • #20
                                        AP - we also fondly refer to the Haffies as "Hayflingers" because it is hilarious to watch them ruffle through a pile of hay to find the best pieces first. My farrier breeds Clydesdales and he calls my Haffies the "Half-drafts". First time I heard him say it he was on the phone to his wife when he had just gotten to the barn. Cracked me up!