That meant it was time to break out the shovel.
Shoveling snow is a fact of life in the north eastern United States. Back in England, I never really experienced more than a few inches of snow at any one time. In New York, a few hours of snowfall can leave you having to literally dig your way out of your front door.
Some people scoff at the notion of global warming when they see all this snow. I'll tell you one thing, though. Despite a load of the white stuff falling several times this winter, it's normally gone within a few hours. That never used to happen.
Even as recently as when I was visiting Long Island (back in 2002) the snow would come down heavy and stay there for days. Townships would often run out of their 'snow budget' in December and then not have the money to salt the roads when the snow came down again in January and February.
It a documented fact that 'snow days' are getting rare. Apparently the rising world temperatures aren't making winters any less cold - but they're chipping days off the beginning and end of winter - steadily making the cold season shorter and shorter.
Personally, I can't wait. Although I used to get so excited by snow when I was a kid, the novelty soon wears off when the roads are slushy and just getting to the end of your driveway is an Arctic adventure.
Look at all the snow I cleared!