We knew that a storm was brewing in the Seattle area last week, but as the media machine began ramping up on Tuesday, the school district delayed classes and then ended up cancelling school altogether.
Ultimately, Tuesday was a mild day. We had some snow, but the roads were clear and all was well. Wednesday rolled around and that’s when the snow really hit. Wednesday night/early Thursday morning, around midnight, our power cycled on and off about 10 times… probably shortening the life of every electronic component in the house significantly. And then… nothing. Power’s out.
But that’s not uncommon around here. It wasn’t until the next day that I saw the real danger of ice storms. The extra weight of ice on the branches of the trees wreaked havoc on our power lines. I’m posting this with an air card, and we’ve been making frequent trips to friends with power to charge up our laptops. But as I post this, on Sunday morning, we’re still without power. It’s about 57 F in the house, and we’re all huddled up by the gas fireplace.
In our favor, we have a natural gas water heater, so we have hot water. We also have a gas range, so we can cook, although to be honest, it’s nice to go to a restaurant if only for the light, the heat and the human interaction.
So, we’re making it, and I’m confident that our power will be restored today. I will post more pictures later today.
Below are some pictures I took from just around our neighborhood.