Okay, okay, I hate the cheesy special names they occasionally come up with for storms. The "bomb cyclone" name just makes me cringe. It was a Nor'Easter. Even a Nor'Easter is a special name, but it is different from a regular snow storm as it barrels up the coast, and causes not just snow, but has the potential for flooding - especially if there is a high tide. This event timed in the MA/NH area during astronomical high tide and massive flooding, along with the snow occurred.
Thursday morning started like any other morning; I went to work in the wee hours of the morning. Many production people had made it in even earlier so they could get in 6-8 hours of production before the worst of the storm was expected to hit. I was of the same mindset - arrive at 5:15 am and leave sometime before noon.
Even leaving work early, it was a tough commute home. Many schools closed for the day so at least the traffic was light. However, it was snowing heavily - albite very small flakes, but they made up for very limited visibility. While I was on main roads, at least there were tracks in the snow to follow (they were plowing so tracks stuck). However, once I hit RT 149, 12-13 miles more to go, they had not plowed at all. With the heavily overcast skies, heavy snow coming down, and 4-5" of snow on the road obliterating tracks, it became very challenging just figuring out where the road was, much less where your lane was when passing vehicles going the other way.
I got home about 1:30 and there was 5+" of snow. After taking care of a few things, at 2 pm I went out to take a first pass with the snow blower.
While I was at it I roof raked the edge of the roof over the propane tanks (It has been so cold that the roof hasn't dumped since a week or more before Christmas). I finished just before 4 PM and by that time we had about 10". The wind had whipped up quite a bit and was re-depositing snow in the snow blown areas. Plus, it was still snowing heavily.
Friday I got up at my normal time and saw that there were some decent drifting (even the ramp to the back door, which is under a 3' eave, had 18-24" drifts on it). Additionally the road plow had made several passes leaving a good size berm at the end of the driveway. After taking care of the animals and making coffee, I logged in remotely to my work computer at 4 AM and sent an email that I would be working from home that morning. Then I started working on projects. At 8:30 I went out to face the wind and cold and started snow blowing the driveway and to the tent garage. I made it to work by 11:15 am and stayed late.
The wind has been ferocious since then so I have not done anything besides clear the tent garage of snow. Today the wind should abate some, plus it should get over single digits, so I'll snow blow the paths and other areas that have drifted over (mostly those places I had not touched on Friday morning). I also need to roof rake eaves on the other 3 sides of the house - although it is supposed to warm up toward the end of the week and hopefully it will dump by then.