13" seems to be the total amount of snow that fell here in a little more than 28 hours, although that's deceptive, because it was a wet snow that compacted a lot. It's still coming down, but according to the radar, it should be ending soon. It's dark now, so no digging out until tomorrow.
These pictures were taken from my back door. The one above, is the steps leading up to the rear deck.
Here's a shot looking out over the rear deck, into the back yard, and no, I have no intention of shoveling the entire deck. I'm no fool! I'll just clear a path to the steps and then clean the steps off. My driveway is gravel, so I won't be shoveling that either. Before it started snowing yesterday, I parked the truck at the top of the driveway, just off the road, because the driveway is on an incline. I have four wheel drive, and wouldn't have any problem driving out of anything less than 10", but I remember a 15 " snow we had back in 96" and the truck plowed up so much snow in front, it finally stopped the truck's forward progress.
As you can see, I'm already beginning to get some wicked looking icicles, from melt water off the roof. I'm hoping I won't get an ice dam along the edge of the roof. That can cause melt water to back up under the shingles, and run down the inside of the exterior walls. It happened during the Blizzard of 96, and it left water stains on the walls.
I'll try to get some more pictures, when I finally dig out of here tomorrow, and clear off the truck. Tonight I'm watching a cute, sappy Christmas movie; Tim Allen's, The Santa Clause 2, and fighting back sniffles, between the laughs. I always get choked up watching sappy movies, especially when they involve a Christmas theme. Christmas and the belief in the Santa Clause myth, were some of the most wonderful parts of my childhood.
To Keri, Sunny and others north of here, stay hunkered down and safe, until it's over. Stay off the roads until they are clear. People below the Mason-Dixon Line think they know how to drive in frozen weather, but they really don't. Virginia had over 4,000 wrecks, between yesterday and today!