Thundersleet. Icemageddon Redux. Thanks, Mother Nature.
If you are reading this from a normal winter weather location, you likely can't appreciate the two things that make this such an event. One, we are woefully unprepared for winter weather. Our cities do not own the equipment needed to deal with winter precipitation, and there probably isn't much to be done for multi-story overpasses anyway. Our citizenry does not own cars with snow tires, heavy coats, ice scrapers, etc. Two, this is an ice storm. No fluffy snow to plow off of roads, and for kids to play in. Nope, this is sleet and freezing rain. It will fall, it will coat everything. There will be widespread power outages as tree branches fall onto power lines. Idiots will try to drive on it, forcing emergency responders to take unnecessary risks to rescue them. And, this weather event will dominate the local television stations for days. Heck, it is already all they can talk about, which is what feeds the mass stampede to the grocery store. Luckily, I did that yesterday.
It is all but a certainty that my kids will be out of school for the next two days. I have a few hours today before the front arrives and the temperature drops, to grab some work from my office, and round up a few things to keep the kiddos occupied for their extended weekend. I am trying mightily to make this a 'make lemonade' sort of event. This is a gift of time, homebound, to catch up on chores, do some projects, get organized. Optimism and enthusiasm are going to prevail!
Check back Tuesday, this will likely be me: