This might help you understand what type of winter we’ve had.
These photos were taken on the Bellwood Subdivision, between Seward and David City, Nebraska on the BNSF RR. Seward (where we reside) is about 25 miles west of Lincoln on the Ravenna Sub. The picture above shows how big the snow blades were and below you will see how deep that is buried in the snow. That man has to be about 6 ft tall, so you can imagine how big these drifts were.
A few blizzards and sub zero temperatures coupled with moderate winds made for a beautiful, but, flash frozen environment. A freight train was snowed in at David City and a rotary snow plow was sent to clear the track of drifts that varied from 6 ft or less up to 12 ft in spots!! The photos were taken on Jan. 8th through Jan. 10th...
Also, here is a link to a video. If you watch til the end (you can fast forward) you’ll see how high the drift was that the cutter chopped through: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCqEBdjaXpM