I know in other parts of the country that snow like this is the norm, but not here in the hilly pacific NW it is not. Last night I ditched going to work because it appeared the so called "snow event" was taking off hard and earlier than predicted here. I am SO GLAD I did! By the time I would have been coming up the road there would have been a foot of snow and there is no way my all wheel drive SUV would have made it up the hill at the end of the road.
At any rate there is 14-15 inches out there now, and I am not going anywhere. We lost power last night for a few hours, and a HUGE shout out of thanks to the crews that worked in that mess to get us back up and running. Last time this happened we were without power for 13 days! It's not even close to being over yet though.
I wanted to bring a good survival item up to share with you all. Anyone ever use a terra cotta pot heater? We have used one a few times and it works amazingly well. I simply went and got 4 cans of food from the pantry and put 5 tealight candles under it and we stayed snug as can be, and maybe a bit warmer than we were with the electric heat on. You can buy tealight candles very cheap online or at the local dollar store, we buy them by the hundred in case of extended power outages in times like these. I figured I would share the information because this is the first time it was ever truly cold when we used it and I was surprised at the amount of heat radiating off of those pots.
I use two pots and some nuts and bolts to separate them a bit for airflow, with a longer center bolt to help radiate that head out through the pots too. Works amazingly well. Now I sure hope this snow starts to dissipate some before the commute next week. This is getting scary deep indeed and I am glad the freezer is stocked and we have lots of water and beer and stuff. Now I am gonna go out and take some pics and tromp around in the snow some!
Anyone else in Western WA dealing with this right now?
EDIT: I don't suggest using the muffin pans because then the candles would simply liquify and the wick would fall over and go out I think, I leave them get as much air as I can to avoid that.
Edited by Coopdog, 09 February 2019 - 05:20 PM.