Fab Real Estate Blog: Wintry Weather Arrives in Connecticut

Wintry Weather Arrives in Connecticut

We were originally expecting 12-18 inches of the white fluffy stuff we've seen so rarely this winter.  Instead, we've woken up to about 1-2 inches of a mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain.  It's nasty outside, and last I heard, we can expect this to continue all day.

The kids are off from school today (NBC30 reports 658 closings or delays as of this writing).  I can't see the road from my house, so I have no idea if the roads are clear or safe.  But with the continuing sleet falling and the winds blowing, I figure it's best if we stay home and enjoy the day with the kids (and, even though my driveway was plowed earlier this morning, it is covered with this white mix of what actually look like icy "snow pellets", so I don't know if I could safely make it up to the road in my car).  Hopefully it will change back to snow later today so we can take the kids outside to play.

However, it is expected that there will be ice build-up (from the sleet and freezing rain) on trees and power lines.  This could result in downed power lines and power outages.

Since many of us obtain our water for our houses from private wells, if there is a power outage, we lose the ability to pump additional water from the well.  While this is not exactly a favorite topic of mine, no water means that once we use up the reserve water already pumped from the well, we then are unable to wash our hands or flush out toilets.

But, there is a solution!  Fill a bathtub with water this morning.  Water from the tub can then be used to wash your hands.  And, by filling a bucket with water from the tub, you can pour that water into the toilet and the toilet will flush.  No mess.  It's as easy as that.

This won't help you keep warm if the power goes out, but I figure that's what the fireplace is for.  Maybe next year we'll buy a generator...

Sleet Drift New Fairfield CT

The "sleet drift" outside my front door this morning.

UPDATE:  While we ended up with only about 4 inches of snow/sleet mixture on the ground by the time the storm was done, by 4:00 pm, this "sleet drift" grew to 4 feet high.  I would have taken another picture, but it was frozen to the front door, and I wasn't going to take my camera outdoors in this weather!

Comment balloon 3 commentsDon Fabrizio-Garcia • February 14 2007 09:04AM


Keep warm... we did send that weather to you.  This time I paid attention and I know it... 

The county south of us lost power but they had more rain and sleet... than we did .  We had snow first and then lots of ice but it fell as ice, not rain... it was not hail, it was not sleet (maybe it was.) It would melt when it hit my head or clothes but it did not sheet the trees, wires and streets. I had frozen hair last night when I came in from shoveling. 

We are a level 2 emergency or were this morning, you are not supposed to drive. The more rural counties are level 3... illegal to drive.  

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) over 11 years ago

Hi Maureen - Yes, part of this storm came from Ohio, as usual!  But, it was joined by a Nor'Easter from the Virginia coast.  So, for once we can't blame the whole storm on you Ohioans!


Posted by Don Fabrizio-Garcia, Owner/Broker/Trainer - Fab Real Estate (Fab Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Thank you for sharing your blog; we need Real estate Professionals to share their comments and information regarding their markets and experiences. Thanks again from beautiful Sunny San Diego.

Posted by Paul Gapski, 619-504-8999,#1 Resource SD Relo (Berkshire Hathaway / Prudential Ca Realty) almost 6 years ago