Wednesday, February 02, 2011

The aftermath...

That. Was. Awesome.

What a crazy storm. It had tornado-like vortexes of snow... window-shuddering gusts of wind... thunder and lightning... flying cows (no, wait, that's Twister...). All in all, it was quite the experience for my first winter in Chicago. A pictorial recap of the last 24 hours:

 Last night...

And this morning... I actually thought our windows were covered with snow or ice when I woke up and walked out to the kitchen -- I saw nothing but white. But upon closer inspection, I realized I could make out a couple buildings close to us...

A little later in the day...

Riff checking out the falling snow...

Piva was curious, as well...

Snow in the alleyway between our building and the one next door (it actually looked a lot cooler in person...)

The parking lot by Eric's building this morning...

And this afternoon, as the clean-up commenced...

Plowed snow that we saw on our walk to Caribou Coffee (which was packed with people and must've been one of the only places open)...

It took all my willpower to not dive into one of these snowbanks headfirst...

Not sure what happened to this car's windshield wipers -- I'm assuming the driver didn't leave them that way (probably got blown up by the wind)...

Buried cars...

This is the side street where our parking garage exits -- at the moment, it's completely impassable to the right (that snowdrift directly ahead must've been about three feet high), and only slightly better off to the left... a 4-wheel drive might work...

 Hey Eric!

And tonight -- skyline totally restored. Whew. :)

4 comments:

G said...

The raised wiper blades are mostly a winter climate thing. People do it in case there's a bad snowstorm or bad ice storm and they don't want to have their wiper blades stuck to the windshield and possibly get damaged while cleaning the snow.

In any event, Chicago is probably about 70 inches behind us for snowfall this season.

Oh yeah, cool pics.

That snow covered side street? Just like the main drags in our wonderful state capitol and my street in my neighborhood.

Lisa said...

Ah... that makes sense...

Yeah, Chicago has barely gotten anything this season, which is why I was so excited about this storm. I'm probably one of the very few people in this city who was looking forward to it. :)

LL Cool Joe said...

Just popped over from G's blog to check out these photos. Wow that's some snow!

Lisa said...

Yes, it was quite a storm! And as someone who grew up in the northeast but has been living in Texas for years, I've actually MISSED this kind of weather! But I guess I'm lucky to live in a condo, where I don't have to shovel and rarely need to drive anywhere. :)

Thanks for stopping by! :)