Today we had maybe 1 1/2". Definitely not deep enough to use a 2 stage blower, would have left too much snow. So I used one of my paddle blowers, a 2 cycle, only 3 1/2hp. I have others up to 5hp including one that has a plug in electric start. I had forgotten how well the rubber paddles get down to the pavement, how light the machine is to maneuver, how fast it is, and how well it pulls into the snow. I am definitely going to use it again. The last time I had used a paddle blower may have been 15 years ago. Now having acquired several this past year, and not using one for such a long time, I had planned selling them all. Now I have to decide which one to keep.