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These photos were taken the afternoon of Saturday February 6, 2010, now known as SNOWMAGEDDON, on Beechwood Blvd. in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh. The official snowfall amount for the city was 21.4". However, we measured snow in our area at 23"-24"!

The night before, there was only about an inch at 6pm, even though it had been flurrying since 1pm that day. The initial forecast was for 6-10" total, from 6pm - 6am. When we took the kids out to play at 7:30pm, there was about 4". By 10:30pm there was 7", and by 12:30am there was 10". It snowed through 6am. The snow was wet and heavy, so was perfect for snowballs and snowmen! (The kids were even able to dig a 'snow tunnel' the next day, on our sidewalk! I don't remember THAT every happening before!) It also caused my daughter's co-worker to get stuck in front of our house at 9pm, and then when her boyfriend showed up to pick her up, his battery died! So we had to 'rescue' two cars by 11pm! Was quite the night, with neighbors pushing out squealing cars, heavy snow steadily falling, etc!

The thing I'll remember most though (besides all of the digging!), was how incredibly beautiful it was!! It was hard to go to sleep that night. I just wanted to keep watching the snow fall, highlighted by the amber street lights outside, and transforming our street, and wonder how much more would come down ...

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Not ONE car passed down our major street from about 1am - 7am!! And our street is a major artery. It was so peaceful and quiet, it felt like we were living on a cul de sac and not a major artery. The next morning, the whole neighborhood came out, and started digging, walking, taking photos, talking, skiing, helping each other, and mostly uncovering cars buried under almost 2 feet of snow. It was like a HUGE block party!! I met many neighbors I never knew I had, due to our usually busy street. Turns out, there were a few power lines down across Beechwood, and I was surprised that afternoon how many people were out trying to drive somewhere, only to have to turn around at the next downed line!

Captions are below some of the photos. Sunday and the rest of the week are to be COLD, so this snow is NOT going anywhere....until maybe...April???

Overall, this was the 4th largest amount of snow ever to fall on Pittsburgh, in the past couple of hundred years. And Friday broke the record for the most snow to fall in one day, ever. We won't forget this storm for a long time. I'm glad our kids got to enjoy it, and I'm sure they'll also remember it for a long time. We're mainly grateful that we did not loose our power, and our kids really had a good time! So did the adults - for the most part!
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0000.  I marveled over this pattern the night before.
0000. I marveled over this pattern the night before.
0001.Our deck, after 2' of snow.
0001.Our deck, after 2' of snow.
0002.After we dug out cars, husband got rid of some of this, as we were worried about the weight - deck is 20' up.
0002.After we dug out cars, husband got rid of some of this, as we were worried about the weight - deck is 20' up.
0003.Our next door neighbor's front yard.
0003.Our next door neighbor's front yard.
0004.Early afternoon, still pristine.
0004.Early afternoon, still pristine.
0005.Our front yard after dumping some shoveled snow.  Not sure what dog is going to do in terms of going potty at night now!
0005.Our front yard after dumping some shoveled snow. Not sure what dog is going to do in terms of going potty at night now!
0006.Our van before I cleaned it off.
0006.Our van before I cleaned it off.
0007.Looking east on Beechwood Blvd.
0007.Looking east on Beechwood Blvd.
0008.Looking west...
0008.Looking west...
0009.Across the street.
0009.Across the street.
0010.No plows on Beechwood Blvd. all night or even the next morning!
0010.No plows on Beechwood Blvd. all night or even the next morning!
0011.
0011.
0012.
0012.
0013.The snowman our neighbors made the night before!
0013.The snowman our neighbors made the night before!
0014.The ubiquitous Pgh. parking space chair!
0014.The ubiquitous Pgh. parking space chair!
0015.Luckily these trees in front of our house held strong.
0015.Luckily these trees in front of our house held strong.
0016.The wall a block east of our house.
0016.The wall a block east of our house.
0017.
0017.
0018.View over the wall, looking toward Waterfront area.
0018.View over the wall, looking toward Waterfront area.
0019.
0019.
0020.
0020.
0021.A pencil set at top of stone wall for scale - I measured w/ my hand, 18!
0021.A pencil set at top of stone wall for scale - I measured w/ my hand, 18"!
0022.
0022.
0023.
0023.
0024.
0024.
0025.
0025.
0026.
0026.
0027.
0027.
0028.
0028.
0029.
0029.
0030.
0030.
0031.
0031.
0032.Downed power line.
0032.Downed power line.
0033.Cars turning around.
0033.Cars turning around.
0034.Even this big 4 wheel drive truck got stuck!
0034.Even this big 4 wheel drive truck got stuck!
0035.
0035.
0036.Police tape cars ignored.
0036.Police tape cars ignored.
0037.There's a car under those branches!
0037.There's a car under those branches!
0038.
0038.
0039.
0039.
0040.More heavy branches.
0040.More heavy branches.
0041.
0041.
0042.This guy had to cut out branches before clearing off snow!
0042.This guy had to cut out branches before clearing off snow!
0043.
0043.
0044.
0044.
0045.
0045.
0046.No biking here for a while.
0046.No biking here for a while.
0047.My boot, not even all the way down on the pavement!
0047.My boot, not even all the way down on the pavement!
0048.Nice clean car.  Now all they have to do is dig it out!
0048.Nice clean car. Now all they have to do is dig it out!
0049.
0049.
0050.
0050.
0051.My son Hunter and friends walking back from gas station with snacks...
0051.My son Hunter and friends walking back from gas station with snacks...
0052.Don't often see a taxi on our street!
0052.Don't often see a taxi on our street!
0053.Example of car roof snow mushroom!
0053.Example of car roof snow mushroom!
0054.
0054.
0055.The 'devil' car!!
0055.The 'devil' car!!
0056.Shady Ave. Ext.
0056.Shady Ave. Ext.
0057.
0057.
0058.
0058.
0059.
0059.
0060.The trees have been dropping snow since last night...we've all gotten caught in them!
0060.The trees have been dropping snow since last night...we've all gotten caught in them!
0061.Digging...
0061.Digging...
0062.and digging
0062.and digging
0063.and digging...lots of sore Pgh'ers tonight!
0063.and digging...lots of sore Pgh'ers tonight!
0064.
0064.
0065.Sun come out...
0065.Sun come out...
0066.This poor woman only had a dustpan to dig out her car!  But a neighbor lent her a shovel eventually...
0066.This poor woman only had a dustpan to dig out her car! But a neighbor lent her a shovel eventually...
0067.
0067.
0068.Ivy coming back from walk to Giant Eagle with her stash!
0068.Ivy coming back from walk to Giant Eagle with her stash!
0069.Sawyer and Scott and another car turning around...
0069.Sawyer and Scott and another car turning around...
0070.
0070.
0071.My soy boy!
0071.My soy boy!
0072.He was a trooper in the snow!
0072.He was a trooper in the snow!
0073.Broken branches.
0073.Broken branches.
0074.Neighbor's house.
0074.Neighbor's house.
0075.
0075.
0076.
0076.
0077.Just loved the branches and snow patterns.
0077.Just loved the branches and snow patterns.
0078.Next door neighbor's front yard.
0078.Next door neighbor's front yard.
0079.Our skinny hemlock, we kept shaking snow off it all night, to keep it from breaking.
0079.Our skinny hemlock, we kept shaking snow off it all night, to keep it from breaking.
0080.Street near our house, good sled riding street w/ this much snow!
0080.Street near our house, good sled riding street w/ this much snow!
0081.
0081.
0082.Beautiful sky over our house.
0082.Beautiful sky over our house.
0083.Scott on his 23rd round of shoveling!
0083.Scott on his 23rd round of shoveling!
0084.Our van before I cleaned it off.
0084.Our van before I cleaned it off.
0085.Scott dug us out.
0085.Scott dug us out.
0086.Hey, a snowplow, finally, at 4pm!!!
0086.Hey, a snowplow, finally, at 4pm!!!
0087.
0087.
0088.Sawyer inside taking a snow break!
0088.Sawyer inside taking a snow break!
0089.
0089.
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0090.jpg
0091.
0091.
0092.
0092.
0093.Our young neighbor Wyatt decided to go sled riding at the park!
0093.Our young neighbor Wyatt decided to go sled riding at the park!
0094.In his snow boat!!!
0094.In his snow boat!!!
0095.Meanwhile, the kids made a snow tunnel, next to our house!
0095.Meanwhile, the kids made a snow tunnel, next to our house!
0096.Never thought we'd see a snow tunnel on Beechwood Blvd!
0096.Never thought we'd see a snow tunnel on Beechwood Blvd!
0097.
0097.
0098.
0098.
0099.
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0100.
0100.
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0101.
0102.Ivy and Sawyer :-)
0102.Ivy and Sawyer :-)
0103.
0103.
0104.
0104.
0105.
0105.
0106.
0106.
0107.
0107.
0108.And off goes Wyatt...
0108.And off goes Wyatt...
0109.
0109.
0110.He's such a funny guy!
0110.He's such a funny guy!
0111.
0111.
0112.
0112.
0113.We were all laughing so hard at his determination, and creative approach to getting his snowboat...
0113.We were all laughing so hard at his determination, and creative approach to getting his snowboat...
0114.to the park!!!
0114.to the park!!!
0115.
0115.
0116.Guess he decided not to drag it...
0116.Guess he decided not to drag it...
0117.LOL!!!
0117.LOL!!!
0118.
0118.
0119.And still more shoveling...
0119.And still more shoveling...
0120.
0120.
0121.
0121.
0122.
0122.
0123.
0123.
0124.
0124.
0125.
0125.
0126.
0126.
0127.How many times did this happen this weekend???
0127.How many times did this happen this weekend???
0128.jpg
0128.jpg
0129.
0129.
0130.
0130.
0131.Bo, wanting out to join in the fun...he LOVES the snow...
0131.Bo, wanting out to join in the fun...he LOVES the snow...
0132.Sun going down...
0132.Sun going down...
0133.I cleaned off both cars, while sun was out...
0133.I cleaned off both cars, while sun was out...
0134.So it would melt any snow.
0134.So it would melt any snow.
0135.Light is changing now.
0135.Light is changing now.
0136.
0136.
0137.
0137.
0138.Catching last sun of the day off trees, facing east.
0138.Catching last sun of the day off trees, facing east.
0139.Facing west, clean cars at least.
0139.Facing west, clean cars at least.
0140.Ivy and Quinn shoveled 2 driveways and made $12!
0140.Ivy and Quinn shoveled 2 driveways and made $12!
0141.
0141.
0142.Jean snowshoeing.
0142.Jean snowshoeing.
0143.Girls heading home.
0143.Girls heading home.
0145.Wyatt's snow boat...
0145.Wyatt's snow boat...
0146.is looking like it took a bit of a beating!
0146.is looking like it took a bit of a beating!
0147.Crazy, this is on the east side of the neighbor's house!  Away from the prevailing wind!
0147.Crazy, this is on the east side of the neighbor's house! Away from the prevailing wind!
0148.Guess there was no mail pick up/delivery today!!!
0148.Guess there was no mail pick up/delivery today!!!
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