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We got more snow than expected.

Added: Monday, January 17th 2022 at 12:24pm by OpinionNateTed
 
 
 

 

The forecast said 4-6" but we got 12"+ ...and the drifts are much deeper. 

 

View from inside the garage looking outside.

The drifting added about 6".

 

The swing was somewhat sheltered under the tree branches.

 


And then there are these footprints out by my front porch...

I don't know what to make of them...

There's a 5 FOOT span between them...

I couldn't make out a boot, paw, or hoof print.

I'm leaning towards thinking it may be from a rabbit hopping because the snow was too deep for it to just walk through.




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Oh boy... I wasn't expecting this.

You wanted your snow...BAM!  There it is!  Small animal prints?  The thickness is amazing.  Beautiful and pristine. {#thumbs-up.gif}

Like they say... Be careful what you wish for{#frow.gif}

There isn't small animal prints like one would normally expect. After much thought, I've settled on those prints being that of a rabbit hop/jumping through the snow. Since the snow is deep, a rabbit would have to jump higher rather than simply hopping as usual. Each time it lands, it's entire body would leave a print rather than just its feet. A deer wouldn't leave one print that far apart.  {#graduate.gif}

Rabbit it is then.  I wonder where wild animals re: raccoons, squirrels, rabbits, go when there are heavy snows, such as what you had...{#gruebel.gif}

For the most part, I believe they find their best shelter in the woods. 

Google says:  Raccoons get ready to take shelter when cold weather comes... under decks, in attics, or inside chimneys and fireplace flues. Rabbits don't hibernate, so they dig holes or find warm, closed-in spaces, in hollow logs, rock piles, and brush piles. Squirrels, instead of hibernating, rely on sheltered nests or dens in trees, fat reserves, and stored food to survive the long, cold winter.

They sound prepared and ready for all types of weather.  Funny how that instinct kicks in and they know how to survive.

I'm sure they go to survivalist meetings and have a Survival Skills Manual that they keep handy.

I believe the same thing.  Its how they're sometimes capable of fooling us humans.  I mean how else can a possum play dead and actually get away with it?  High IQ's, those critters....

Survival skills for sure...

ask and you shall receive

Yeah, huh? {#hammer-head.gif}  

I dont know how much  we actually got. BUT, it has been nasty, ice,snow, windy, drifting. 

Ice isn't good for anything but ice skating and ice fishing. 

True... no traction driving on it. Scary

I'm going to have to go out tomorrow before the rains get to freezing. My drive just got plowed, but the thin sheet of packed snow witll be one big sheet of ice Wednesday night. Getting in or out will be a nightmare. 

Yes, I hate that ice. Be careful.

Looks like you got hit with the same stuff we got hit with. Say hello to bigfoot. 

That we did. Shoveling all that driveway snow would kill me... I've scheduled a snow plow guy to do it.

Someone or something made BIG tracks all over outside. 

I know. You said that. That's why I asked you to,"Say hello..."

I showed 2 BIG prints in the snow, I didn't say they were all over the yard until my comment above. {#basic-undecided.gif}

You said, and I quote -- 

And then there are these footprints out by my front porch...

I don't know what to make of them...There's a 5 FOOT span between them..

And then you showed us a picture. So I put two and two together and got a picture of what was happening. As they say, a picture IS worth a thousand words.

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That's a lotta snow.  Did the schoolkids get a snowday?

Oops, forgot MLK day...

School buses wouldn't have made it down my street, so, MLK day was convenient. {#cool2.gif}

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