Heavy With Snow

We’ve been home from our Christmas Vacation for about a week now.  This is the sight that greeted us as we walked out of the airport back in Cordova.  It was exciting at first…and then a little daunting.

Our truck buried

And then nearly three hours later all we really wanted was be dry, warm, fed and settled in at home.

Heath in the thick of it

 Oh how naive we were.  As we walked down the trail to the lagoon and looked for the turnoff  to our house we found it to be completely obliterated, no sign of the trail at all.  Thus began two more hours of shoveling our way to the front door.  I was in no mood to take pictures at this point.

Here’s a photo from later in the week of our improvised trail, under the steps. It will have to suffice until all this snow melts…June, July, maybe?

Anyhow we made it home and back to work and life seemed to be settling in normally.

Until Thursday that is, when they sent both of us home early from work, both of our offices closed for inclement weather.  It was pretty cozy down in the lagoon, that afternoon we were sheltered from the winds.

But all in all Cordova was feeling the weight of relentless stormy weather.  Too much snow, too much wind, too little visibility, too much weight on the roofs, too little snow removal equipment, too few places to put the snow and too few people to do all the shoveling.  They cancelled work on Friday as well.  But for all of Thursday’s storminess, Friday was absolutely beautiful.  In between shoveling we walked to town to see what we could see.
Cordova cloaked in robes of whiteness.

Walking up the road

 We left our truck at home as they were advising people to stay off the roads to make it easier for snow removal and to keep down the number of accidents.  The plow crews have been working around the clock for weeks now and the snow keeps coming.  Fifty members of the National Guard arrived on Sunday, armed with shovels and a snow melter to provide some much needed relief for the plow crews.

Roof Shoveling

 People seem to be reaching their shoveling threshold, or maybe I can safely say that everyone has surpassed it.  Shoveling isn’t that fun to begin with, but 3 weeks into it I think it’s really getting old.  Unfortunately it’s snowing again, and blowing around, it doesn’t take a crystal ball to know that we’ll all be shoveling tonight and tomorrow and the next day too.

Our neighbors, hard at work clearing off their roof

Everyone has been safe in town, we’ve had three major avalanches but luckily no injuries.  The major worry still is the weight of the snow leading to collapsing roofs.

We’ve made the news now.  I think all the major stations have done a story.   Some local folks have put together some great footage to get the word out.  The weather here often seems superlative, but I guess this really takes the cake.

The Public Library

Sun shining on Downtown on Friday

Stop Sign

 Back in the Lagoon, the snow was sitting heavy on the trees.

Looking at this photo from Jan 6th it’s hard to remember back to August when the salmon were noisy in the creek below.  Click here to see this same view a few months ago, when snow was still a far off dream.

As for now it seems that the snow has really come into its own, no longer an addition like frosting on top.   It’s transience has morphed into solidity, a visitor that appears determined to stay.

11 thoughts on “Heavy With Snow

  1. My goodness! My mom managed to luck out and sneak in between snowstorms last Thursday on her flight home…. I am so glad to see the shovels clearing off those trailer roofs! My kids say their wishing for snow even though our trip home is planned for July must have caused this. (haha) My nine year old asked “so we can ski this summer if it keeps snowing?!”. Ahh the view of life through non shoveling kid eyes, huh? Stay safe and warm!

  2. Beautiful pictures!!!! and alot of difference in those two picture, great job on getting Home , I am sure it was a major work out. I have been doing snow removal in a front end loader, for 3 and 1/2 weeks. 12 to 16 hours a day. I am pooped out and wish the snow would stop coming down so we could at least get caught up a little,
    But I am thankful for the experience like this in my life and It is good to have work. I just pray that everyone stays safe. Thanks for sharing the pictures. and the great story!!

  3. Glad you made it home, and your house is okay. It is amazing the havoc that a few degrees drop in temperature can make — from steady rain to an astounding and heavy white visitor with no intention to leave.

  4. Thanks so much for the photos and commentary. As I sit here in warm sunny Florida
    my friends are all calling asking how is my house and how are my renters doing. I
    say…hey, they’re hearty Alaskans !! Snowpocalypse is part of life…or at least it seems
    so now. Sorry Im not there to help shovel…well, OK not really.

    Thanks for being there ! and taking care of the house/roof/trail !! the “landlord”

  5. These are great pictures and you are a really good writer! I am a friend of Debbie Carlson’s that lives in Illinois. This makes the 3-6 inches we are expecting tomorrow look like a piece of cake!

  6. Down here in the 48, we’re too busy listening to the same ol’ kick the can down the street presidential news cycle, it was unlikely there was 3 minutes on NPR this morning about ‘snow in Alaska,’ not a headline burner, if you know what I mean.

    Well, doing a Google search, [images], yours showed up fairly near the top, and what a pleasure to get your images, commentary, wool, fish and cullinary treats!

    We wish you the very best, want our water back, and hope to visit your area sometime soon, it’s so lovely.

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