Can the Weathers Survive Snowmageddon 2018?

The last thing that we expected when Storm agreed to winter in New Bern so he could build an Air Cam twin engine kit airplane was to be trapped in the tentacles of a Coastal NC Snowmagedden!  Yet here we are up to our wheel wells in fluffy, powdery snow with low temps predicted to be in the single digits for the next 4 nights.

The motorhome weeps at the thought of Snowmageddon

Someone pinch us and wake us up from this nightmare!  Of course since we never planned to spend time in the Arctic while RVing, we did not develop a strategy for coping with a frigid disaster.  A percussion of freezing rain performing a prelude to the blizzard on our rooftop, prompts us to pull in two slides and partially extend an awning over one living room slide.  Thankfully our water tank is full, the water line disconnected and waste tanks emptied!

That is it – the extent of our emergency preparation.  What we should have done was also:

  1. Retract our step so it did not get covered with ice which now will not melt
  2. Pull the slides in before the rain started.  Wet canvas freezes making it almost impossible to extend the slides after the snow stops.  From a ladder, Storm applies multiple hot water baths as I extend the rooms inch by inch
  3. Get our snow boots from under the bed.  Once the bedroom is retracted, I can’t get to my winter footwear!
  4. Bring our door mat inside so I would not have to dig it out from under 6 inches of snow then thaw it out

Leaving one slide out marginally eases the cabin fever induced by our severely reduced living area.  The jury’s still out on whether the awning partially out over the one slide we left extended was a mistake or a smart move.  We are able to knock off some but not most of the snow from below by jumping and pushing up with a broom.  But snow is heavy and after a few minutes of trying to fling it up and off the awning, I start to get light-headed.  The awning is still sagging pretty badly over the slide. We can only pray at this point that nothing breaks or starts to rain inside the slide before the snow melts off.

Sagging Awning Covers the Slide we left out

Of course having the bedroom slide retracted makes for an interesting night of leapfrog.  With no walkway around the bed end, when one of us wants to get up in the night, the only option is to leap over the other one and roll them toward the back.  On the plus side, having the slides in makes the RV much easier to heat. 

Once we are able to extend the two frozen slides at least the tops are snow free.  We have no reason to crawl on our icy roof and sweep off the slider tops.  We actually watched our neighbors do this.  Sticking to my philosophy of not recording potential disasters, I did not video them.  In fact I closed our windshield curtains so I did not have to watch!  The video below is of our expedition out into the snow.  Stay tuned for our next chapter in this adventure – “Storm Attacks the Frozen Foe and It Fights Back!”

Snowmagedden Video


About Sunny Weathers

Pilot, motorcyclist and full time RVer. Follow me as I travel all over the US in my Country Coach RV volunteering, making new friends and pursuing a constant outdoor temperature between 70F and 80F. I'll share the fun and the tribulations and any great survival tricks I learn!

6 Replies to “Can the Weathers Survive Snowmageddon 2018?”

  1. You just forgot since you have been out of state for awhile, wait 8 to 10 hours and the weather will change for you. My Tuesday you will probably not have a trace of snow to deal with. :>) Welcome to NC. Love the video, we got an inch and a half here in Apex. First winter we had in New Bern in 71 we got almost 2 feet of snow, one road grader to cover the whole county, it was a hoot. Be careful driving out there, these folks will slide right into you. ;>)) GOD BLESS

    ps Making memories. ;>)

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      Making memories for sure! We were counting on the weather changing quickly, we expected it would warm up and all the snow melt. Instead it got even colder and no snow has melted. Glad we did not get 2 feet! Nice to have the jeep though – no problems getting around. The roads were scraped very quickly and very little traffic when we go out. I think most people are like us – mostly staying home to be sure no unexpected leaks spring up and if they do being ready to staunch the flood. Starting next week, temps are predicted to climb and climb – hurray!!!

  2. Try to stay warm guys. Seeing your post makes me feel guilty for complaining about the cold snap here in Texas.

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      Please don’t feel guilty 🙂 We have been talking to Matt and Sherri near you and sounds like you guys have had your share of weather challenges in Texas too. My phone accidentally told me the weather for Freeport, Texas yesterday (in the 50’s) and that is the first time that I (very briefly) wished I was there. But then I got a hold of myself and realized that it will be in the 60’s next week here and the views here are so much less industrial! Stay safe and warm!

  3. Dear Cold Weather Expert,
    Here in Lake Havasu they are forecasting a low of 55 F for tonight. How should I prepare for such a calamitous event?

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      Dear Arizona Snowflake,
      I find that in a potentially disastrous situation like you describe it is best to replenish your stock of medicinal alcohol before the big rush depletes local supplies. At 55 degrees you may be tempted to assume that it is safe to carouse about scantily clothed without hydrating but that is where you would be wrong. These are just the deceptively warm temperatures that can lead to hypothermia and morning after regrets. So wear a jacket (at least) and keep a medicinal drink of your choice (preferably garnished with an umbrella in case of a surprise shower) close at hand!

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