4 inches of snow and the power goes out

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It snowed all day yesterday, but nothing was sticking till about an hour before sundown. The weather report called for it to taper off with maybe an inch of accumulation.

What a shocker, they got it wrong! By the time I went to bed at 2:00 there was at least 3 inches out there, and we were woken up at around 6 this morning by the UPSs in my computer room beeping because the power was out.

The real problem with the power going off that early on a cold morning is that the furnace was on the night time setting of 64, so it just got colder from there. By 7:30 it was dropping below 60.

We do have a fireplace stove insert, but we don't use it much because it makes the whole house smokey. It's a sealed unit from the 70s and when the doors are closed it doesn't draw enough through the vents to keep the flames going. If we just use the screen in front of it, the smoke doesn't get into the room while the fire is roaring, but it does once the firs starts dying down.

Getting a wood stove insert with a glass door and an external air source is a high priority on the home improvements list, but it is a pricey one.