Saturday, December 13, 2008

Waiting for the Shoe to Drop

“A BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM CST MONDAY.
HEAVY SNOW WILL DEVELOP TONIGHT AND CONTINUE THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS FROM THIS STORM WILL RANGE FROM 7 TO 14 INCHES. THE SNOW... COMBINED WITH NORTH WINDS GUSTING TO 40 MPH... WILL PRODUCE NEAR ZERO VISIBILITY IN WHITEOUT CONDITIONS ALL THE WAY THROUGH EARLY MONDAY MORNING. THE WINDS WILL ALSO PRODUCE LIFE THREATENING WIND CHILLS AS LOW AS 45 BELOW ZERO SUNDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHT.

THE COMBINATION OF SNOWFALL... STRONG WINDS... AND LOW WIND CHILLS WILL MAKE THIS BLIZZARD A VERY SERIOUS... LIFE THREATENING ONE. CONDITIONS WILL DETERIORATE THIS EVENING AND BE AT THEIR WORST LATE TONIGHT AND SUNDAY.”


Well, I guess we don’t have to worry about having a white Christmas, do we. I could most definitely do without all of this. But I guess if you live this close to the Canadian border you have to put up with it. This afternoon the local weather guesser predicted that this blizzard would/could be as nasty as the blizzards of ‘96/’97, and they were blizzards I really don’t want to live through again.

Oh, well, there’s not much I can do about it except live through it. Ole filled all the gas cans so we have gas for the generators so we can stay warm, filled the tractor so that we will have gas to blow the snow out of the driveway. I sent him to the store this afternoon to lay in supplies so we won’t starve so I don’t know what else we can do except hunker down and accept it all. But we’re tough Northerners so we can do it. I just hope we don’t get freezing rain and ice because the last time that happened we were without electricity for a week.

I know I have readers out in Montana and that they know what it feels like to be 45 degrees below zero, but I’m betting not a lot of other readers can even conceive of that.

We went down to the local Watering Hole for supper tonight because they had a steak special. Really good. And besides that, we knew we better have other human contact now while we had the opportunity because with this weather moving in who knows when the next outside human contact will be. Had a good visit with Bob and Carol; fun. Carol is this big cookie aficionado and bakes dozens of different kinds of cookies for Christmas and gives them all away. It’s really a sin – she’s as thin as a toothpick - and passes all these calories out to everyone else so she can make all their waste lines thick. It’s just not fair. Dick & Jane and Ted & Alice were also down there having supper, friendly as could be, so it was a pleasant evening.

Ole and I hauled the Christmas tree upstairs this afternoon. We’ll “dress” it tomorrow afternoon because, of course, we won’t be able to get out of the house according to the forecast. Here’s hoping they’re WRONG!!!

Love Lena

2 comments:

Calthea said...

Stay warm and have fun "dressing" the tree.

Carolyn said...

The blizzard hit us yesterday. I woke up very early to the sound of the wind howling. It's snowed most of the day. I think we got about a foot of snow, but it's hard to guage because of the snow drifts. The current temp is -14. Must be winter in Montana!