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Title: Blizzard Coming
Post by: eyeamdry on December 18, 2008, 07:10:07 PM
I am tired of winter before it gets here.  Officially, I think it's Dec. 21st arrival.  Well, here in Michigan, we've had more than 30" so far and I think maybe have set a record or are headed for it.  That's only the beginning as there is a blizzard whirling across the middle of the country and should be here at 1.a.m.  I am amazed how accurately they (think they) can predict this mess.   We're expecting somewhere around 10-12 inches between 1.a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday.  We already have snow banks and all the driving hazards that go along with it. 

I can hope they are wrong and the storm misses us, or leaves us with a couple of inches.  We're prepared!  Have generator, have food, medicines all stocked up.  I heard on tv that Las Vegas and also Arizona got a lot of snow, which is quite unusual.  So, if anyone else is sick of this already, I am too.  I am already mad at myself for 'witching' about it on this board. 

I am looking forward to Feb. though because we are planning a trip to Fla to stay with my newly "snowbird" sister and bil.  They bought a house in Fla and are now wintering there.  We plan on 2-4 weeks down there.  Probably 4 weeks if everyone is getting along.  Well, I must check the computer for the latest on the storm.  Button up everyone and be dry and warm.  Lucy
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: SeaBreeze on December 18, 2008, 07:26:47 PM
Lucy, you are sending that storm our way when its done.  Our forecast is for 12-18 starting at about 1pm, 2 inches an hour... but we only have a couple inches on the ground, under a coating of ice..  ;D  I'm ready for anything ! Now if I can just stay away from my old habits of 'comfort' food during these storms.... urgghhh... I do have some nice veggie chicken soup on, so that will have to do............... have fun... I'm so envious of your trip south... I've spent several weeks there at a time, it is really hard to get back on that plane... You start to blend in, go to the grocery, get your hair done there.. its hard coming back...
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: eyeamdry on December 18, 2008, 08:01:10 PM
I just looked at the temp in Fla where my sister is and it's high of 81 today.   Low in mid-50's.  This isn't even in the southern part.  It does help to make the long, tough winter go faster.

Lucy
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: Pooh on December 18, 2008, 09:16:49 PM
Stay warm and safe Lucy, I'll be thinking of you tomorrow.  We are on the lower edge of this incoming mess.  Rain, freezing rain, sleet and all the messy dangerous stuff. 

Oh and I have a rheumy appt. at 10:15 tomorrow morning 18 miles up the interstate.  Oh Joy, Joy!  If I see ice, even an ice cube, it ain't gonna happen.  "Fred" and I don't do ice.  No sir, no way, no how! :o

Then they are promising us snow on Sunday. :(  Oh eckkk!!!

Like I said, stay warm and stay safe.  I'm gonna bake some more cookies if I can't in to see my doctor.  I'll talk to him on the phone. ;D

Hugs, Hot Chocolate and Warm Cookies,
Pooh
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: genko_b on December 18, 2008, 09:37:46 PM
We just got our snow here in Seattle. Not much by Michigan standards, but with the hills and lack of experience with snow, it is pretty hazardous. Even one sanding truck overturned. And it is going to be quite cold for a few days - well below freezing. It started with thunder and lightning this morning. And we are expecting another snow storm on Sunday. Very strange.

Genko
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: eyeamdry on December 18, 2008, 09:46:09 PM
Pooh, I can sympathize with your appointment!  After tonight's snow, we are supposed to get it again on Sunday.  I have an appt with my rheumy in Lansing which is about 75 miles away.  Could be interesting, but we will probably take our 4x4 and go anyhow as hubby is good at handling this.  It takes so long to get an appt with my rheumy, I'll go if at all possible.  You take it easy and change your appt if you need!  I want to keep all my appts because I'm going to Fla this winter no matter what.   ;D ;D Lucy
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: Pooh on December 18, 2008, 10:03:52 PM
I don't know how it happened because we have always been so careful, but hubby and I both have doctor appts. in the morning.  His is about the same time as mine only in the opposite direction.  He usually takes me.

This happened last year and my rheumy couldn't get out to the office so they rescheduled all his appts. for the following week. 

I'll stay home if it's bad and so will my hubby, neither of us can afford to get hurt. 

I hope you have a great Christmas and a really enjoyable stay in Florida. 

Pooh
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: Lotus1 on December 19, 2008, 12:51:25 AM
No blizzard coming here in Western Australia.  I'm jealous - would love a "white" Christmas.  Hope our Christmas isn't a stinker!
I've been to Canada 4 times in my life & loved the snow.  Guess the novelty would wear off.  My father is Canadian & still has his accent somewhat since migrating in 1955.
Happy Christmas everyone.

Lotus1
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: eyeamdry on December 19, 2008, 02:46:13 PM
Lotus, I was born and raised (for wwhile) on the American side of the Canada/US border.  My family had the "accent".  When I go "up there" and find myself among the folks, including many Canadians which come across the border, I can find myself picking up this accent very easily.  Aye!

We are having a bugger of a winter even before it officially turns from fall to winter.  It's white, allright.  I know several on this site have moved from the midwest to more gentle climates and I like to report on our winter wonderland.  I have cabin fever already and have been in the house several days.  I do feel for people who REALLY can't get out of the house and those who have younguns that make it almost impossible to venture out.  From Whiteout Central......Lucy
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: Pooh on December 19, 2008, 03:27:09 PM
Well, I made it to the doctor's and managed to get a little shopping done before heading back down the interstate.  I was watching the temperature report on the dash all the way up and all the way back.  All I could think about was "Thank God, this is rain and not snow".  It poured all the way and all the way back.  The temp would go from 33 to 34 and back to 33.  If it had hit 32 I would have slowed down even more and stayed to the right. 

Fortunately our highway department spread the liquid salt mixture last week when we had the ice storm, and they were stationed at all the right spots along the interstate, ready to go into action if it changed, so I felt pretty safe. 

Still really happy to be in now since the temps are dropping and snow, sleet and rain are forcast for tonight.  Oh Yea!..............................................................not. :(

Sure glad I don't have to go out again.  I finished up my odd and ends shopping before I came home. ;D  Just 25 miles further up the interstate in Harrisburg and west into Lancaster they have had all snow.  Whew!  dodged that bullet! ;D

Take care everyone and if you must travel in bad weather, Please be careful.

Hugs, Pooh
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: Cheryl on December 19, 2008, 03:53:03 PM
Please stay warm and safe, everyone!   Pooh, I'm glad you made your appointment safely.   I did think about you!
Cheryl
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: eyeamdry on December 19, 2008, 05:25:49 PM
Quote
  Just 25 miles further up the interstate in Harrisburg and west into Lancaster they have had all snow.  Whew!

Pooh, my nephew lives in Harrisburg and it's nice to know he's dealing with the same stuff we are here.  I know PA's roads are awful, so skinny with no shoulder on the road, also hills straight down.  I couldn't drive there in the winter.  Lucy
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: eyeamdry on December 21, 2008, 04:23:52 PM
It is now Sunday evening and it has been blizzard conditions for 24 hours.  High winds and we have about 8 more inches of snow on top of what we previously had two days before.  It says we're into more of the same through the night into Monday morning.

I have a rheumatologist appt 75 miles away tomorrow and it looks like I won't be able to keep it.  Will sait until morning and make a decision.  Lucy
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: SeaBreeze on December 21, 2008, 04:34:42 PM
Hey...Lucy and other storm chasers... we got another foot here too.... its still snowing, it really hasn't stopped since Friday afternoon, although most of yesterday it was light... I had to shovel because I didn't want that stuff to freeze under my car.  (probably not the best choice after the ole' heart attack), I did a little at a time.. I'm watching the snow accumalate..and made Toll House CCC...  I'm on basement level and there is a drift swooping onto my window..  ;D fun.. fun... fun...

Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: eyeamdry on December 23, 2008, 06:41:19 PM
It's snowing again here Tuesday night.  This is our fourth storm/blizzard in about as many days!  Really, really a bad start to the winter, but most of it (snow) was before winter.  To make matters worse, it's supposed to RAIN/SLEET here tomorrow.  A couple of days ago it was 10 degrees below zero.  It is really pretty to be all white at Christmas time, but the driving is nuts and people are all out on the road!  (Not me, only a couple of times.)   Let's hope for no ice storm as the rain moves through.  I actually hear the sun might shine on Christmas Day.  So far in December, we've had 4% of available sunshine!  No chance of sunburn around here. :D  Everyone stay warm and dry.  lucy
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: Collie on December 23, 2008, 08:26:30 PM
Sorry Guys, I guess I sent the storm to you. I live along the front range of the rockies and had a dusting of snow yesterday and today and then sent the storm on its merry way. Enjoy your white Christmas, and will be praying you are all safe and warm.

Collie
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: Mark54 on December 24, 2008, 06:21:08 AM
Eyeamdry,
     We got another ice storm last night! We are still recovering from the one last Thursday. There are 40,000 people still without power! Luckily we have electricity. You mentioned sun. What is that? Hope you have a Merry Christmas!

God's blessings,

Mark....
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: eyeamdry on December 24, 2008, 03:57:36 PM
Mark, I'm sorry about the people in your area without power.  I've been there. Fortunately, we have not experienced that so far.  I've never seen so many storms in such a short time!  To be very weird, it rained today and melted some of the snow.  Now it will be cold tomorrow.  We all need to keep out galoshes and warm coats ready.  Lucy
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: Mark54 on December 25, 2008, 04:58:52 AM
So much for the "global warming" theory!!

God's blessings,

Mark....
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: SeaBreeze on December 25, 2008, 09:45:50 PM
Its going to be 60's here on weekend ! 4 degrees last week... that's New England for ya !
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: kimbo on December 27, 2008, 08:28:01 AM
Hey sea,
NW ark presented - 5 degrees a week ago with 0 windchill, yesterday 70 degrees, and so warm in the evening we had our attic fan on.  ;D

kimbo
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: Bucky on December 27, 2008, 01:05:43 PM
We're "only" six days into winter and what an array of weather we've had . . . freezing rain, sleet, snow, high winds - windchills below zero, fog, "regular" rain, ice.  Last night it rained and warmed up and melted all our snow and ice (yay, several people have landed on their bums . . was scared to go out on it - don't need any broken bones), so we're in the upper 50's today and now we're under thunderstorm / tornado watches and warnings!!  Oh my . . . gonna be a l-o-n-g winter.   ???

Be safe, warm and careful in whatever "array" of weather you have. 

Bucky
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: eyeamdry on December 27, 2008, 03:14:37 PM
It's 62 degrees right now in southern Michigan.  Much like bucky's report.  Yesterday, ice covered everything and then started melting.  It has rained all day here and tv just said several main roads are closed because they are flooded.  One is routs 31.  I think it is going to be above freezing tomorrow, but not much.  Weird, weird weather.  We were also below zero within the last week as others reported.  This will be an exciting winter.  My husband is headed out to get groceries at 6 pm on Saturday night.  Not a bad idea, we'll at least have food.   Lucy
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: SeaBreeze on December 27, 2008, 03:40:46 PM
The timing is not good for Boston's First Night celebration.  They are known for the awesome ice sculptures.  Today and the next couple days are going to be at least  50+60 degrees and they have to work on them inside warehouses where its cold enough.. lol... Weather for NY eve should be below freezing though...
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: genko_b on December 27, 2008, 04:04:31 PM
The piles of snow that have fallen on Seattle the last couple of weeks have begun to melt. A good thing too. Our city and county have no clue how to deal with the white stuff. Being so hilly, driving here has been quite treacherous. We were able to get together with the folks who live close by, but my foster brother could not make it here, and I was unable to get to the prison Christmas Day to see my guys there.

Fortunately we never lost our power or heat in the storms.

I've had plenty to keep me busy, though, figuring out the digital camera and photo frame my daughter gave me for Christmas.

Genko
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: eyeamdry on December 27, 2008, 05:01:21 PM
For folks who live in places where snow is not the usual thing, I know it's hard when no one knows quite what to do.  They usually don't have equipment or adequate equipment to handle the occasional large accumulation of snow.  People have no idea whatsoever how to drive on snowy roads.

in Michigan, we have the equipment and most of us have the good sense to drive according to conditions.  In the beginning of each winter though, many just don't remember they have to be light on the gas pedal and end up in the ditch and needing to call a wrecker.  Keep warm and happy everyone.  Happy New Year.  Lucy
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: SeaBreeze on December 27, 2008, 05:10:20 PM
I caught the end of a story of Pres Elect Obama and family lost power in Hawaii for 11 hours...
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: eyeamdry on December 28, 2008, 06:44:23 PM
It was 61 degrees here yesterday (Saturday) and set a record.  It rained all day, melting the two foot of snow we had accumulated.  Now, we have water all over, mud and soggy land.  We have snow piles where snow has been pushed into snow banks.  The weatherman said our temperatures changed by 31 degrees between yesterday and today.  You know it is cold again!  IF the sun shines tomorrow, it will only be the third day of sunshine in December.  Holding out for a better forecast for the new year!  Lucy
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: Collie on December 28, 2008, 10:04:24 PM
I was watching a show on T.V., (Don't remember the channel, maybe discovery channel) the person doing the show was saying that globally, this has been the coldest year on record in almost 40 years.

Collie
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: eyeamdry on December 29, 2008, 05:24:06 PM
All the snow has melted except for snow banks and there is water everywhere.  Flood warnings for area rivers are in affect for some time.  We are ok here, our house is safe, but our one acre is basically a pond.  It turned cold, so this will be interesting now to see if we have a skating rink.  At least the roads are clear.  In fact, some of the roads have washed out from the flooding.  Lucy
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: lynnmarie219 on December 29, 2008, 05:56:27 PM
I've been following this thread and we have had all of the same junky weather here in Illinois.......snow, sleet, rain, fog, ice storms....and now flooding. There are some roads that are already closed around here because I live so close to the Illinois river and others. We are fine....but the road closures make it inconvenient to drive places...you have to drive a lot further to go what is normally a short distance! Oh well.....such is life I guess!

Stay warm, dry and safe everyone!
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: eyeamdry on January 10, 2009, 10:16:53 PM
A note to renew this thread.  Well, there was flooding at the last time someone posted on this thread.  We (personally) did not have any problems with flooding but I know lots of others did when out great mounds of snow melted.  We were down to just dirty snow banks about 7 or 8 days ago and we've been hit with a bunch of snowstorms since!

TV has a bunch of cancellations for churches tomorrow morning.  Our neighbors keep coming over with their tractors and plowing us out.  Roads are bad as the plows can't keep up and I really don't think the state(s) have enough money for enough salt/sand etc and overtime.  Temps are going to be below zero during the nights this coming week in SW MI. 
Keep warm everyone.  Lucy
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: SeaBreeze on January 11, 2009, 11:39:54 AM
We got about 8 inches here in New Hampshire.  We were down to dirty snowbanks too... Not anymore !! but I love it, provided we have power..  ;D  This has been a 'true' Winter for me.. I love the excitement of impending storms..

The shoveling has become an issue with me though.. I'm not supposed to, but I really don't have a choice, I see kids around the complex that would prolly jump at the chance, but they are never around after a storm. 

I remember making lots of money "going out shoveling" we would walk around the neighborhood with our shovels in hand, be summoned by some and knock on doors of 'virgin' sidewalks and driveways.  We made 'tons' of money this way.. Of course the elderly people were done as a good gesture and they were always so grateful...

This was the 70's when we were going through similiar economic pressures....
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: Bucky on January 11, 2009, 04:16:19 PM
Tonight on the evening news they showed a 60 car pileup in New Jersey (I think it was NJ)!!!  60 vehicles slamming into one another!!  Scares the living daylights outta me!  I'm one when it starts spitting snow . . I stay home!  I guess I have this phobia of "weather" . . especially in the winter.  Could be because back in 1987 I drove from Minneapolis, MN to Cleveland, OH by myself . . hit a blizzard head-on in Chicago, IL.  Felt like a postal employee going thru snow, sleet, slush, rain just to get home.  I'll never do that again!!!  I'm going to be a basketcase when my son starts to drive . . thank goodness that is several years away yet.   ;D

Those of you having to be out in the harsh winter weather . . . please, please, please be careful.  Slow down and take your time.

Bucky
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: Bucky on January 11, 2009, 04:38:39 PM
Oops, wrong state listed in last post . . it was New Hampshire . . . I knew there was a "New" in there somewhere.  ;)

Bucky
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: SeaBreeze on January 11, 2009, 04:52:01 PM
Yes Bucky, that was a horrible accident today, thank goodness no one was killed, few broken bones were the worst so far.
Route 93 here is a death trap...there is a lot of "No Salt" areas and its filled with 18-wheelers that will crawl right up your backend doing 80... I avoid it at all cost.  Not to say the truck caused it... They are not saying what kind of vehicle started it.
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: ktfabian on January 12, 2009, 04:32:17 PM
We had 6" of snow here in northeastern PA on Saturday into Sunday.  Now our temperatures are taking a nose dive and our high on Wednesday is going to be about 13 with a windchill of -20. 

No wonder my joints are even more stiff than usual and my pain level is up!
Brrrrr....Tracy
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: irish on January 12, 2009, 09:35:17 PM
Get ready for some more snow. The Alberta Clippers are in full throttle. Seems this stuff is coming down out of Alaska from what I have heard. We had 5 inches here today. Nice snow with a little wind. However, the schools closed in much of the lower 2/3 of the state of Minnesota. The western part of the state is literally a death trap when the winds come up as it is flat prairie and you can't tell where you are.

The winds were to be 40 MPH tonight out there and 23 here. The lowest wind chills we have had in the southern part of the state was in Dec of 83 when they were 70-90 below zero. We haven't had a bad winter for many years here. I am like a few of you and I just love the smell of the snow in the air and the feeling of the storm coming. Also, I have always loved to shovel at night when it was snowing and walk at night when it is snowing. I miss doing all those things.

The roads were really bad in the twin cities today and there we lots and lots of accidents and cars in the ditch. Many people have forgotten how to drive in this weather and the younger crowd have never had to drive on these kind of roads with the ice, slippery snow, bad visibility, etc. Our boys were growing up in the late 70's and 80's and learned to drive in the country on the bad roads. Also, they learned to carry extra clothes with them. I think this young generation will freeze to death before the winter is over.

School closings are already on TV for tomorrow. Stay warm folks. Irish ;D
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: Billydude on January 12, 2009, 10:44:12 PM
Here it was so warm today!  It was like summer.   I was in a sweat but I'm usually in a sweat and the warm weather worsens my condition.   I went to a new doctor today as my old one moved away.  I like him but thought it funny that he suggested that I consider moving to a colder climate.
Steve
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: allium on January 13, 2009, 08:16:12 AM
If you want cold,  Steve; western NY is the place to be.

The predicted highs tommorrow and Thursday are in the single digits, with 20-30 mph winds, and lake effect snow.

This is also the coldest and snowiest winter I've seen in ten years here. 

So, come on over...bring your layers!  I'll throw another piece of apple wood in the stove for you.  :)



Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: Bucky on January 13, 2009, 11:54:16 AM
The sun is shining brightly here in Central IL . . . giving the false impression that it is warm outside.  HA!!  It's cold, cold, cold.  Like many of you, our temperature is to dip low over the next few days.  Brrrrrrrrrrrrr

For a person with dry eyes and mouth it seems the palms of my hands have NO problem with moisture . . . just READING the posts about bad weather makes them sweat . . and I'm at home not going anywhere!!  That is one thing that has never changed thru the years . . . whenever I am nervous or anxious the palms of my hands sweat.  If my BIL happens to be riding in the car with me when we're driving thru a big city or in nasty weather he'll ask me, "so Bucky - your hands sweating yet??" . . . . DUH!!!  :o

Just a side note . . . if you have any animals outside that can be brought inside during these really cold nights, please do.  Our two outdoor cats are coming in for the next several days.  They are happy critters.   ;D  (sniff, sniff . . son and I will suffer with pet allergies so they can be warm)

Be safe . . . dress appropriately if you go out . . pack some extra clothes, snacks, blankets, gloves, boots, etc. in the car too . . you never know when they might come in handy.  (A simple nod of the head and a "yes, mother" . . will suffice.  :D)  Better yet . . . STAY HOME AND OFF THE ROADS!!  ;D

Bucky

P.S.  As we are freezing our keesters off . . just think of Pud and all her fellow Australians who are experiencing hot, hot temperatures right now.  I'd settle for 70-75 degrees . . my idea of a perfect temperature.  :)
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: eyeamdry on January 13, 2009, 09:17:18 PM
In Michigan, the Alberta Clipper (first or second one) is headed our way.  We have temps around zero per the 11 pm news.  Temps to go well below zero tonight with wind chill much higher.  I also see a snow advisory running across the tv until 7 pm on Thursday, which is almost 48 hours away.

We are going to have unseasonably cold temps for the rest of the week.  The weather that is coming through Minnesota and Wisconsin is pointed towards us.  Illinois and Indiana will get some of this too.  Then it will move east to PA and NY and the folks on the eastern coast.  Stay warm as the other poster says.  This can't last forever.   A month from today, we'll be headed for a month in Fla and I'm sort of enjoying the thought.  Lucy
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: Nadmcd on January 13, 2009, 11:07:02 PM
Way down here in Atl Georgia, we will be waking up to a balmy 24 or 25 degrees with wind chills in the low to mid teens.  I bet  y'all (you all) didn't think it got that cold down here.  I am actually born and raised in a southwest suburb of Chicago.  I was up there for Christmas this year 12/21 -01/02/09 and my kids had a ball in all the snow.  I am so mad that I didn't get any pix of my 18 yr old son making snow Angels.  The flooding that ensued during that week was the worst part.  Many times when I've told people that I would rather have 25 degrees and snow in Chicago than 40 and damp or rainy here in Atlanta. my kids thought I was kidding, but they got a good long vacation up there this year, and the weather to go with it and they agreed it really is colder down here.  I am not looking forward to getting up in 4 hours and going to my physical therapy in this cold.  I will freeze in my cute little shorts.  I better get some sleep, I hope you all follow Bucky's advice.....

"Be safe . . . dress appropriately if you go out . . pack some extra clothes, snacks, blankets, gloves, boots, etc. in the car too . . you never know when they might come in handy.  (A simple nod of the head and a "yes, mother" . . will suffice.  Cheesy)  Better yet . . . STAY HOME AND OFF THE ROADS!!  Grin"

Dress warm...
Nad
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: Bucky on January 14, 2009, 03:55:01 AM
Well . . . it's every kids dream . . just got the automated call from the school at 5:38 a.m. this morning . . . NO SCHOOL today due to the weather.   ;D  I think this makes the third snow day this school year.  One thing with this new automated calling system the parents know even before the closing is listed on the tv website.  To quote AlienDog . . "cool beans!!"   :D

Son will be thrilled he can sleep in.

Stay warm & safe today.

Bucky
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: Bucky on January 14, 2009, 05:01:14 PM
Mini vacation . . . we've already gotten "the call" tonight that there is NO SCHOOL on Thursday either due to the extreme weather.  The school was already scheduled to have this Friday off as school improvement day and Monday for MLK Day so the kids will get an extra long time off.  Woohoo . . we can sleep in each morning now!!   ;D

Went outside for a brief 10 minutes today and baby it is COLD!!!  Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr  I could easily be a bear and hybernate.  :)

Be warm & safe.

Bucky
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: SeaBreeze on January 14, 2009, 06:51:03 PM
Big controversy here in NH/MA... not sure if they are going to get the required 180 days of school in...  :o
They're throwing around the idea of Saturday school  :o  or longer hours... This should be interesting..
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: eyeamdry on January 14, 2009, 07:32:24 PM
I'm freezing.  That said, I'm wearing a heavy set of sweats and socks with warm slippers.  We went out earlier tonight to pick up a few things and I'm surprised how many people were out at the mall and grocery shopping.  Probably getting ready for the next few days which are (again) to be frigid and with snow.  Much of our snow in lower SW MI is lake-effect snow and can be unusually heavy.  I'm just about two hours NE of Chicago and their weather is often like ours.  Theirs is often WORSE than ours, as they have such a large population.

We have three "warnings" going across our tv screen.  1) There is a wind chill advisory (not sure if I've ever seen this one before. 2) then there is a lake effect snow "advisory" and 3) a lake effect snow "warning."  Talk about confusing.  We can't see the tv program for warnings.  Needless to say, I think it will be cold and snowy.  Then again, it might be too cold to snow.  I hope everyone stays warm and safe.  Lucy
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: Pooh on January 15, 2009, 05:58:27 AM
Lucy, I am so glad we live on the other side of the mountains.  Most of the time, by the time the snow gets to us it's snowed itself out.  That being said, I woke to single digit temps and a coating of snow this morning. 

I ask hubby if he would drive me to York this morning to pick up my new glasses.  The roads are clear, but driveways and sidewalks are a mess.  I don't do slick walking at all any more. ;D

And it's snowing again.  The weatherman just said the Alberta Clipper is coming in.  Oh yea!!

See you all in the spring! :D

Pooh
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: Epson on January 15, 2009, 08:20:14 AM
Tuesday I went to the local Tractor and snow blower dealer to get some advise about what might be wrong with my 15 year old snow blower.  I wish the guy I talked to was a doctor, he explained everything he could about what might be wrong.  I also look at some new snow blowers, just in case I can't get the old one to work, the last big snow fall my wife and I had to shovel and neither one of us should be doing that.

I got the old one working, but decided that it doesn't have much life left in it, so I will go and get a new one.  When I went back to the store on Wednesday  I bought the last machine he had.  Unless you want a giant snow blower your out of luck, there all gone.

The same snow blower is selling on the internet for $100 more then I paid, but that's all right, because I am ready for anything     Ma Nature throws at me now.
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: Chico on January 15, 2009, 08:29:39 AM
We're snowed in, schools are out and tonight it's supposed to get really cold. Zero.  Marvelling how much heavier 30% humidity feels when it gets this cold outside. Had to turn off humidifier to sleep.

Chico
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: Bucky on January 15, 2009, 08:35:18 AM
GOOD NEWS . . . . . 64 DAYS UNTIL SPRING!!!!!   ;D  ;D   ;D   ;D

We have to have a goal to look forward too . . .ahhhh SPRING . . . a time of new beginnings after a cold, snowy, wet, cold, snowy, cold, cold winter.   :D  I love when the birds are singing, trees are budding, flowers popping up out of the ground, grass starts to green up.  Sigh . . . 64 days isn't too long to wait . . . work with me here, I'm trying to give myself a pep talk as it is only 4 degrees outside right now!!  

Keep the faith . . . I have never seen the "seasons" skip out and not come . . we just have to be PATIENT . . . "there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven . . . . "

Have a good day . . . stay warm.  (raising my mug of hot chocolate to ya!!   as my teeth are chattering . . . brrrrrrrrr)  ;D

Bucky

P.S.  Hey Epson . . want to try out that new snow blower of yours?  I've got a long driveway that should put it to the test.  :)

Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: Epson on January 15, 2009, 08:52:56 AM
Bucky,

I'm in Cleveland, we only get two seasons, winter and summer, so your 64 days till spring won't work for us.
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: Bucky on January 15, 2009, 10:13:12 AM
Epson, I was born and raised in a 'burb of Cleveland   ;D  The winters there aren't so bad . . ha ha ha ha

My family still lives there . . in the snowbelt of Geauga County . . . talk about SNOW!!

You would think the retail stores would have enough of winter supplies to last the FULL season of winter.  Shoot, they start clearance sales on winter clothing in early January . . hello, winter is just a little under a month old!!!  If you want a bathing suit - they are out in the stores now . . buy it now, you won't find one in July!  LOL  I know the stores have to plan ahead, but they should also keep enough stock for the current season and not jump seasons ahead.

Congrats on the new (and last one in the store) snow blower.  Bet you'll get a lot of use of out it.   ;D

Bucky
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: BonusMom on January 15, 2009, 01:20:09 PM
Wish we had a share of your snow/bad weather.  Here in Sacramento, it's expected to be 66 degrees this afternoon.  The nights have been very cold, but the days are mild.  Unfortunately, we're only at 50% of normal rainful for January and if we don't do get some rain soon, we're going to be in a world of hurt come summer as the last few years have been dry.  Perhaps the CA budget woes, SjS and weather are conspiring--all dry in 2009!
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: Epson on January 15, 2009, 09:14:59 PM
Bonusmom,

You poor thing, only 66 degrees out side, go ahead rub it in, it's 2 below in Ohio.  Yeas, below zero, ffffreezzing in Ohio. :o
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: irish on January 15, 2009, 11:14:39 PM
It was about 27 below here this morning. The cancelled school again. The wind was hardly blowing and the sun was out and beautiful. I think the world is getting really wimpy cause when our boys were in school they always had school unless you couldn't see your hand in front of your face.

Of course, our kids were used to the snow as we had tons of it back then and living on a hobby farm they were used to being dressed warm and out in the cold for hours on end. When they worked and went to school and drove they always carried extra clothes in case of problems.

Now days the kids don't wear enough clothes. Kids have been reported wearing flip flops in this snowy weather and no coats while driving a car---on the not so cold days. Tonight will be 29 below or more and thank goodness very little wind. Should start warming up on Saturday and by next Monday be in the teens. The weather gal said it was 45 degrees in Anchorage today so that means better weather pattern for us.

I hate to say it but this darn good freeze that we are having is really good to get rid of some of the viruses and bugs that attack the crops, grass, trees, etc. Also, the extra snow is good as we have been really dry the last years.

Glad you are ready for the big snow Epson. My hubby uses an old tractor that belonged to his Dad with a snow blower attachment that grampa made. Works well.I asked my hubby if he thought he would still be battling the snow when he was 70 years old and he just gavae me a look.

Just curious, but are you folks having a "sunny" winter in spite of the cold?? We have had a lot of sunshine this winter and it is wonderful. Irish ;D
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: Epson on January 16, 2009, 06:24:05 AM
Ha, ha, northern Ohio doesn't know what sunshine is, I thinks it's that orange ball up in the sky, right?
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: Bucky on January 16, 2009, 07:45:38 AM
Yep Irish . . the sun is brightly shining this -16 degree morning.   ;D  In fact, if you're by a window you almost need to be wearing sunglasses the reflection off the snow is blinding.

"Sunshine . . on my shoulder . . makes me happy . . . . "   :D

Bucky
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: Janness on January 16, 2009, 03:57:49 PM
Please no snowball throwing!

But, I love snow and just finished saying to my husband, I want snow. He just gave me one of those looks, he is not fond of snow since he does snow removal.

Pooh, we are not too far from you, and we got nothing. Send it my way.

I transport Seniors to medical appointment so I must go out in cold. Many layers!!!!

Stay warm everyone! Please build a snowman for me.

Janness

Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: eyeamdry on January 16, 2009, 08:59:50 PM
I was leaving my volunteer job today at 5 pm and the sun was shining brightly and the temp was 3 degrees.  I had to stop for gas and was not happy about that.  It was, of course, a station where you had to pay in advance and go back and forth.  It took about 10 minutes frogging around and I was frozen although I was warmly dressed.  I'm wondering what the windchill was then because we did have a wind.

I also heard (some above posted) that Chicago was -17 degrees today and North Pole, Alaska was 43 degrees!  Now that's weird.  I can't wait until Feb. 13th and we're off to Fla for a month.  Lucy
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: irish on January 16, 2009, 09:28:17 PM
The Mpls radio station said this PM that around 3PM the temp went above zero. It has warmed up enough that our furnace isn't running as much and that horrible cold feeling is gone from the house..

Arouond 10PM tonight I looked out and the air had that sort of slightly hazy look like ice crystals and like it could start to snow. That's what happens. It warms up and the snow starts in again!!! I havaen't been any place for 1 week and may not go out until on Monday when hubby goes to cardiologist.

I know I am old cause I would never have thought that I could stay home this long. Back in my younger days it seemed like I was on the road all the time. Stay warm and well. Irish ;D
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: BonusMom on January 16, 2009, 10:09:44 PM
I'm a Cali Girl through and through-even a natural blonde (have never surfed though). Although I grew up some 45 miles east of Sacramento (towards Lake Tahoe) and we had our share of snow, I was a kid and it was fun when it snowed-unlike being an adult shoveling or driving in that stuff :) I wouldn't know how to live in the sub-zero temps you folks are going through (or the humidity in the summer)!  Yet, you all manage effortlessly because it's what you've always known.  My hat's off to you (but I'll keep my mittens cause my hands are always cold!)

Lana
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: Chico on January 16, 2009, 10:24:27 PM
Well we moved to Western MD for the cool summers, at -10 tonight guess the winters  are pretty cool too. Snow and ice on the ground. Good news is it makes for a wonderful guiltless very lazy weekend. Wishing everyone a good one.

Chico
Title: Re: Blizzard Coming
Post by: Pooh on January 17, 2009, 05:11:02 AM
Chico, I woke up this morning here in PA to our Atomic Clock reading 0 for the temp.  If the time hadn't been visible I would have thought it needed new batteries.   :D  Brrrr, it is cold out there.

Stay warm, stay safe and enjoy that lazy day. ;D  I really should go to the grocery store, but I think I'll check the freezer again.  If I'm lucky I can put the trip off until Monday.  ;)

Hugs, Pooh