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well got some bad news

I am going to take a picture of my display and what I have up tonight and take most of it down tonight becouse we are expectiong 6 ft of snow by friday and sat and I cant risk losing anything eles this year plus you wont be able to see it with 6 feet of snow anyway.

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:( Sorry to hear that.:mad: Take a few really good pictures so we can all see what it looked/looks like!:)

This year has been global warming at its finest. :D

--Daniel L

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Sorry to hear that you have to tear down.

Six feet! I can't even fathom that much snow. Post up pictures of you display when you can.

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-0? As opposed to +0? (Sorry, I had to)

Anyway, thats just COLD!

And I thought 15deg was bad!

--Daniel L

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Ughhhh....what a drag! Sorry to hear that.

I've got serious issues with my LED's going out so I'll be taking mine down and back up again for the 3rd time pretty much. This has been a "challenge" to say the least!

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How long are they predicting snow in your area?

I haven't seen that much snow in 30 years.

Real bummer you have to dismantle your entire display. Wish I could help.

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I've learned never to over-react to the weathercasts... If they say we'll get 2 feet of snow, we usually get a couple inches. If they say we'll only get flurries, we get dumped on. Last fall our pond (and lawn) was really dry and I really wanted some rain -- every time they'd forcast a storm, it would "just miss" us to the north or south.

Frankly I think these weathercasters flip a coin and consult Tarot cards or something, as accurate as their craft is...

-Tim

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Ok..not saying your weather man is wrong, but looking at your location on Weather.com...they are not calling for that much. 1-2' along the crest of the cascades. The rest may get some heavy snow bands, but noting mentions 6'.

Ironically we got almost the exact same SPECIAL WEATHER ALERT Saturday night for the crap we got here Monday and yesterday. They said 6-12" of snow, freezing rain, high winds....KEY WORDING that is in yours as well ==>>>.DEPENDING ON THE TRACK OF THE STORM <<<===. We got 1/2" of rain, 20 minutes of freezing rain and about 10 minutes of snow. SO much for the 6-12"

I would not start tearing anything down until you get closer and they know for sure.

Statistically, Weather report accuracy drops around 50-60% each day.

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I echo what some of the others have said in regards to just waiting it out and see what happens. With snow predictions you just never know. We've been getting snow since last night and they are saying we could see 10" by the end of today but who knows...I've gotten about 3.5" so far. I just go out there and brush off/dig around what I have in the yard and keep an eye on things. I've already got about 2ft of snow on the ground, plus a nice layer of ice on top of that thanks to the freezing rain we had this past weekend.

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Frankly I think these weathercasters flip a coin and consult Tarot cards or something, as accurate as their craft is...

-Tim

The only job I know of where you can be wrong all the time and still keep your job.

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The only job I know of where you can be wrong all the time and still keep your job.

I used to think that, but recently I've discovered "auto industry executive" also falls into that category...

-Tim

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as a fellow Idahoan that Used to Live in "northern" Idaho;

It is VERY realistic to see up to 3 feet or more of snow in a night. That gives this storm 3 days to do its work. And the bad thing, especially where I lived, is that we were in a valley with VERY tall mountains so when the storm did finally "make it over'" it stayed and played for a while.

The last BAD storm I remember (living up there) was about 1984 - 85 in Sun Valley. It started snowing Friday afternoon and by the time we got home from school at 3:30-4 it had laid down 8 inches-- in the morning we had 2 more feet to clear and that night it finally stopped after another 6 inches.

Good Luck with the snow! Stay Safe!

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I used to think that, but recently I've discovered "auto industry executive" also falls into that category...

-Tim

I stand corrected.

Not to start a conversation on bulls thread about this,but you don't see these executives taking any money out of their own pockets to save their companies do you.

These guy's made multi millions every year, they must be sitting on a good pile of cash that they could contribute to save their jobs.

Edited by Chris in Ct

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whats sad its going to be -0 to -3 thats the truth thats what the weather dude said on tv so i kinda belve him

-0? As opposed to +0? (Sorry, I had to)

Anyway, thats just COLD!

And I thought 15deg was bad!

--Daniel L

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lol ok i just might do that but i might send u some of the snow if u like lol

Please post pictures of the snow. I know it's a bummer but I really want to see what 6' of snow looks like.

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lol ok i just might do that but i might send u some of the snow if u like lol

Load it up and bring it over. If snow isn't in the forecast here on Christmas day, I'm planning on having some "made".

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