As snow piles up, igloos popping up

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT
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Laura Chramer of Alabama sits inside an igloo she made in January while visiting her grandparents, Reyn and Helen Chramer, just south of St. Charles North High School.

Given all the snow the Tri-Cities area has received this winter, perhaps it is not surprising that igloos have been popping up.

An igloo was built in January near St. Charles, and another igloo was built last weekend in Batavia.

Last month, Laura and Elisabeth Chramer, who live in Alabama, fashioned a igloo that is more than 6 feet tall in the backyard of their grandparents’ home at 35W814 Bluff Drive, just south of St. Charles North High School.

“I always wanted to make an igloo,” said Laura Chramer, who visits her grandparents once a year. “We were going to make the most out of the snow we were presented with.”

After spending hours rolling large snowballs and putting them together, their igloo took shape. And as she found out by stepping inside it, it’s functional, as well.

“It was warm enough,” she said. “We went out with some hot chocolate and sat inside. It shielded us from the wind pretty well.”

Her grandfather, Reyn Chramer, is proud of their efforts.

“They did a good job,” he said. “It’s quite a bit larger than you would expect. We’re hoping all the snow we got will keep it a little longer.”

Laura Chramer got a surprise last week when Alabama received a rare 2-inch snowfall.

“We didn’t have enough to make anything,” she said. “It made for good sledding.”

Logan Connon, 13, is proud of the igloo that he built last weekend with his dad, Sean, at their house at 1131 North Ave. in Batavia.

To make it more comfortable, they put a couple of lawn chairs in the igloo along with a portable heater.

The igloo is impressive in size, boasting a 9-foot diameter.

“We sat in there for a few minutes Sunday,” Logan said. “It’s pretty warm, and it’s pretty quiet. The walls are pretty thick. It was well worth the effort.”

They caught the attention of people driving by as they were making it, and they said it is the talk of their neighborhood.

“A lot of people driving by honked as we were making it,” Sean Connon said. “Neighbors have taken photos of it.”

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