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  1. Pretty much the same for me. As some of you may know, I'm a letter carrier for USPS. So yeah, we're essential. My office has gone above and beyond with trying to protect us, to the greatest extent you can doing the job we do. N95 masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, etc are readily available for all employees. Trucks are sanitized daily. Cases, where we do our inside morning work, are sanitized several times a day. Work room floor is bleached after we leave for the street. Sneeze guards have been installed at the front windows. I've read several stories of Post Offices not doing a lot to help their employees stay safe during these times, but just wanted to say my office is certainly not one of those. Probably helps that my post master is a verified germaphobe. As far as doing my daily job, I literally touch thousands of things a day...so the challenge is sorta daunting if you think about it. Most of us do the majority of our work outdoors (residential), so wearing a mask isn't really necessary (not a lot of human interaction). And even with the times we do have to come into "contact" with customers, we've taken different steps to protect us and them. I think the biggest thing I've been trying to do is refrain from touching my face. Amazing really how many times a day you do such a thing, lol. Basically, after I deliver a relay, I go back to the truck and sanitize my hands before doing the next relay. Wash, rinse and repeat all day. I've never been a germaphobe type, so this is definitely a different way of life for me these days lol. But, got to be smart about the situation. My GF works at one of the local hospitals, so we both have our challenges, to say the least. We aren't seeing our parents for the time being, other than doing grocery or medicine runs for them...and then dropping the stuff off at their homes on the porch. They're cool with that, as we've told them we just want them to stay healthy and safe...which both sets have done their best by staying home. Driving them nuts, but essentially required in these times. When we get home to our house, we don't burn our clothes or anything , but just change out. It's just us two and the dogs, so we try to be a little level headed, lol. Anyways, enough rambling. Just wanted to share my story. For those still working on the "front lines" at grocery stores, hospitals, factories etc etc...I thank you. Try to be safe, and we all hope we can get through this healthy in the end.
  2. 5.5" was my final. Awesome.
  3. 4.5” in February. This one will be the winner.
  4. Roads have caved. 4.5” here. Still coming down. We got a shot at 6” I think.
  5. Just measured 3.0" on the dot IMBY. Still snowing.
  6. Just measured 1.5" on one of my patio chairs. Where are the warnings?!?
  7. The increasing positive test numbers should not be a cause to panic, rather it's a reflection of increased testing. Something we were (and probably still are) woefully behind in doing. What will be critical is the numbers of those positive tests that are needing hospitalization, ICU admittance, and unfortunately deaths. Hopefully the measures we are now taking (again, much later than we needed to be) give the healthcare system help in treating those in need of critical care. To those in the factories supplying goods, delivering goods, grocery workers, medical personnel, essentially all "essential" workers...be well and stay safe as you can. I know it's been 6 days a week, 50-60 hours a week for us at my office for awhile. Tiring for sure, but we forge on. And lastly, just wanted to say I hope people are taking mental breaks from this. Just reading the thread in the SNE forum, you can read the panic and terror from some. I think part of it is the unknown, but also part of those that live and die with each report that comes out. Not healthy. Along with the unfortunate loss of life and economic demise this will cause, I'm worried many will have a PTSD type reaction to all of this. Hope those that need help, will seek help. Be well fellow weather peeps. And hope for the best.
  8. lol, possibly you did. I don't know if it helped, but temps didn't get as high here as was forecasted, before the snow started. Yesterday was a solid underachiever as well. Of course pretty consistent good rates here, doing some work...
  9. No issues sticking to the grass here. And other elevated surfaces as well. Got 1/2 inch on my grill so far. We've been in the better banding though. Nice steady snow continues...
  10. Honestly, I don’t hate where we sit right now. I’ve been thinking 3-6” for awhile, mostly due to marginal thermals/ratios. Alas, too much movement in guidance to really feel comfortable. As for LOT and Skilling, seems they’re all in on the GFS. Not sure I’d go that route, but I’m certainly not a pro met. FWIW, Skilling’s RPM had 7.5” for us on today’s morning news. I’d take that and run.
  11. LOT going with mainly rain for us too. 1-2" total snow. Oh well, maybe next winter... Tonight: Rain. Steady temperature around 38. Northeast wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. Tuesday: Rain and snow. High near 36. Northeast wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Little or no snow accumulation expected. Tuesday Night: Rain and snow, becoming all snow after 11pm. Low around 29. North northeast wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
  12. Haha, we tied. Exactly what I had IMBY.
  13. Easy inch an hour snowfall. We got lucky with a nice flare up with the arctic front over Kankakee County. Nice to win sometimes.
  14. Puking snow right now. Gonna have to shovel again.