We've got a "DANGEROUS MULTIFACETED AND POTENTIALLY LIFE THREATENING WINTER
STORM TUESDAY NIGHT INTO WEDNESDAY" coming at us. The forecasters are saying anywhere from 12" to 20" are possible along with 40mph gusts and snowfall rates of 3" per hour. Then the bottom drops out and Thursday will be in the single digits.
I remember "The Blizzard of '78", we got several feet of snow in Southern Indiana. But all through the 80's and most of the 90's we saw very little snow. Now it's turning back around again. I think it was '97 or '98 where we had a 3 foot blizzard (S.E. Wisconsin) and I had one of those paddle snow blowers. It had the vanes on the front, not a chute, and the snow was so high that it would just hit the wall of snow along the sidewalk and fall right back in front it. I sold it and bought a 6hp, 21" two-stage Troy-Bilt (when Troy-Bilt was still made in Troy, NY - not some MTD P.O.S.). It's got a 3-speed, gear drive tranny and it is built like a little tank - the design goes back to the old Bolens company in Wisconsin). I smile and pat it lovingly every time I use it to eat through the foot of compacted, half frozen junk at the end of the driveway left by the nice man with the big plow that also happily removed my mailbox from it's moorings. I suppose you could compare it to an EFM or A-A - no frills, just simple, solid quality that works and lasts. I've had it a dozen years now and installed one new spark plug and a set of skid shoes. That's it.