Snow Day

After a blizzard buried Portland with 16 inches of snow, I spent the early morning hours of Monday, February 13 riding around with Dave Blackwell, a member of the city's Parks and Recreation Department, as he plowed lots across town. Between several fire department stations and public parking lots, Dave stopped to help several snowed-in motorists, including an EMT from Boston whose shift started in just a few hours. Dave himself was in the middle of a 16-hour shift that started at 11pm the previous night, and after catching some sleep would likely be repeating the same the next day. See some additional photos of the storm here via The Forecaster.

6:06am – Stevens Ave fire station.

6:06am – Stevens Ave fire station.

6:08am – Stevens Ave fire station.

6:08am – Stevens Ave fire station.

6:19am – Forest Ave fire station.

6:19am – Forest Ave fire station.

6:23am – 6:19am – Forest Ave fire station.

6:23am – 6:19am – Forest Ave fire station.

6:23am – Forest Ave fire station.

6:23am – Forest Ave fire station.

6:29am – Forest Ave & Allen Ave.

6:29am – Forest Ave & Allen Ave.

6:38am – Deering Oaks Park.

6:38am – Deering Oaks Park.

6:40am – Joggers on Park Avenue.

6:40am – Joggers on Park Avenue.

6:42am – Deering Oaks Park.

6:42am – Deering Oaks Park.

6:52am – One of many snowed-in motorists at Deering Oaks Park.

6:52am – One of many snowed-in motorists at Deering Oaks Park.

7:03am – Saint John St.

7:03am – Saint John St.

7:09am – Parking lot off W. Commercial St.

7:09am – Parking lot off W. Commercial St.

7:16am – Taking a break at the Irving station off W. Commercial St.

7:16am – Taking a break at the Irving station off W. Commercial St.

7:17am – Taking a break at the Irving station off W. Commercial St.

7:17am – Taking a break at the Irving station off W. Commercial St.

7:20am – Taking a break at the Irving station off W. Commercial St.

7:20am – Taking a break at the Irving station off W. Commercial St.

7:23am – Taking a break at the Irving station off W. Commercial St.

7:23am – Taking a break at the Irving station off W. Commercial St.

7:25am – High St.

7:25am – High St.

7:38am – Freshly shoveled out motorist at Deering Oaks Park.

7:38am – Freshly shoveled out motorist at Deering Oaks Park.

7:51am – Ashley Lazarz, a dietician at Maine Medical Center, snowshoes to work along Deering Ave. In the background, Dave Blackwell plows the entrance to Deering Oaks Park.

7:51am – Ashley Lazarz, a dietician at Maine Medical Center, snowshoes to work along Deering Ave. In the background, Dave Blackwell plows the entrance to Deering Oaks Park.

8:00am – Dave catches up with a colleague on Deering Avenue between the entrance to Deering Oaks Park and Fitzpatrick Stadium.

8:00am – Dave catches up with a colleague on Deering Avenue between the entrance to Deering Oaks Park and Fitzpatrick Stadium.

8:22am – Parking lot off Marginal Way.

8:22am – Parking lot off Marginal Way.

8:22am – Parking lot off Marginal Way.

8:22am – Parking lot off Marginal Way.