Storm of the century?

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Storm of the century?
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Mon, 01-31-2011 - 2:42pm

I've been keeping a close eye on the weather this week and all I have to say is thankfully I don't live in one of the areas that are going to get it socked to them later tonight. I just saw where Chicago could get 40 inches of snow and Indianapolis a crippling ice storm.

Are any of you in the storm's path? How do you prepare for such an event?

Karla
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Wed, 02-02-2011 - 2:36pm

Nice to know good guys still exist!!!! Homemade chicken soup sounds good. I think I'll have some veggie soup for lunch.

Got 8-10". Snow finally

Merry Christmas
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Wed, 02-02-2011 - 2:33pm
"We only got about 20'.." YIKES!! That is a LOT of snow. Hope you all stay safe and enjoy your peace and quiet while it lasts. :)

Karla
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Wed, 02-02-2011 - 1:43pm

We only got about 20", but with the blowing and drifting, some areas are bare and others have huge drifts. We can't get out the front door, but the back was sheltered, so dh was able to get out that way. He cleared away part of a 3' drift so was able to get the snowblower out. In spots, the snow is drifted higher than the blower, so has to take it in small chunks. He's done with our driveway and and is working his way down the block, as he always does, clearing the neighbors' driveways. It won't matter for a day or two, since the main roads are still closed while crews try to get them cleared and tow the cars out of the ditches. It was so bad, last night, that the driver of one of the plow equipped fire dept. pick-up trucks couldn't see where he was plowing and went into a ditch, so had to be 'rescued'. On the way back to the fire station, they picked up 20 more people. A short while ago, I heard there were only 5 left there, waiting for someone to pick them up. At times like this it really pays off, having an AWD vehicle!

I have a container of homemade chicken soup thawing and will heat it for him, when he comes back in. That'll warm him from the inside, out. The pictures on TV and the news websites are really something.

I'm glad you only had to contend with rain, but there's something about being snowed in, knowing that you can't go anywhere. At times like that, all we can do is sit back, relax and enjoy the peace and quiet! Soon the plows will be making a lot of noise.

Jan


 

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Wed, 02-02-2011 - 8:22am
Thankfully the freezing rain turned to all cold heavy plain rain by night's end. It's not freezing cold and the wind is blowing really hard but so far we don't have anything too serious to deal with.

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Tue, 02-01-2011 - 10:57pm

storm started here about 7 pm

snowing and blowing

going to go out and shovel before I go to bed if not blowing all around

stay safe everyone

Merry Christmas
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Tue, 02-01-2011 - 1:28pm
20 inches of snow would shut down my entire town for days. Several years ago we got 22 inches and businesses couldn't open for 3 days. It was another 2-3 days before most people even got out of their driveways and most of us were stuck in for a good week. Thankfully it was over the Christmas holiday so schools weren't open anyways.

Karla
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Tue, 02-01-2011 - 1:21pm

Bring it on! Let it snow! I'm ready for it. Living in the Chicago area all my life, I know to prepare for whatever Mother Nature throws at us. In fall, I make sure I'm stocked up on staples, then just replace what I use over the next few months. The freezer is stocked with containers of soup and other easy to heat up things that were left over. Other than fresh fruits and veggies, I'm ready, just made a quick stop at the store yesterday and don't have to go out for anything for a few days. I even planned ahead and had dh get to the gas station yesterday morning, before the crowds. He filled the car, as well as the spare gas containers for the yard tractor mounted snow blower and the generator.

Chicago and the 'burbs are well prepared for this. The city has 50 snowmobiles spread around at various fire and police stations, so the first responders can get where they're needed should someone call them. The plows are already out on the roads, getting ahead of the snow. They're only predicting 12 to 20 inches, but some areas could get more. Some of the earlier computer models showed a lot more snow while others showed less, so we'll see. Some of the buildings downtown are planning on closing and hotels are offering bargain "blizzard" rates. Many schools are closing early, today, and not opening tomorrow. Things should be ok by Thursday. It's really not too bad if you prepare and plan ahead.

Jan


 

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Tue, 02-01-2011 - 10:23am
LOL! I can't say I hope it passes you by because if it does that means it will hit my area. ;)

Sounds like you're all prepared so stay warm and don't have too much fun.

Karla
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Registered: 04-07-2003
Tue, 02-01-2011 - 9:47am

Blizzard warnings are up here in Michigan and my area is looking to get between 10-15".

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Tue, 02-01-2011 - 8:07am

Hey Cheryl, has it started there yet? How much snow do you have on the ground now?

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