No one was really expecting to be hit with such a nasty winter storm this past weekend here in Southern Pennsylvania, especially since it wasn't even Halloween yet. The historic record breaking nor'easter nearly paralyzed our town, icing up the roadways, taking down trees and limbs, and knocking out the power! It is not unusual to see a few flurries this time of year, but normally we would get no more than a dusting.
We were lucky though, we only lost our power for 9 hours on Saturday. There are many folks who live less than 2 miles from us that are still without electricity today. We had many limbs fall in the yard due to the heavy snow weighing down the trees that are still full of foliage. The clean up will have to wait until the snow melts, which will likely happen within the next few days with temps rising into the mid 50's (normal for this time of year).
Our weekend plans for an Ugly Sweater Party had to be postponed due to the storm and losing our electricity. However, we still had somewhat of a party atmosphere with 15 teenagers and 4 adults all sitting around in the dark. We heated up the food on the grill, lit all the candles and had a big bonfire in the back yard! It was a little scary being out underneath the trees with the falling limbs, so the bonfire didn't last long! We ended up having 9 people stay overnight after our power was restored at 9 p.m. Saturday.
Here is a video just as the snow began to fall. It accumulated quickly to approximately 8 inches in our neck of the woods!