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Woke this morning, got ready for work, and then looked outside to see a mountain of snow on each car and giant snowflakes falling from the sky. Work was closed due to the snow, so I got busy shoveling. And shoveling. And shoveling. I took a few pictures to show you what we were up against in central Minnesota.

One of the cars, buried

One of the cars, buried

15 a.m.

Measure of snow at 9:15 a.m.

This was the measure of new snow on the sidewalk at 9:15 a.m. I measured again at 11:25 a.m. and it was 11 inches deep. We got at least another inch on top of that (maybe more) by the time the snow had stopped.

Snow storm, central Minnesota, December 30, 2008

Snow storm, central Minnesota, December 30, 2008

Check out the snow clinging to the trees. By mid-afternoon, a slight wind was blowing these great clumps out of the trees. It was like getting pelted by snowballs from above.

Hubby & I are utterly exhausted from clearing snow. The boys helped by raking snow off the roof of the house. When we get this kind of volume, some of it has to be removed from the roof because the weight isn’t good for the structure. We haven’t seen snow like this in years and years.

In the middle of all this, I had to take Daughter for her first eye appointment. She’s had excellent eyesight until just recently. Now, she needs glasses.