Five Things To Do During A Blizzard
- Answer the phone to hear all the meeting cancellations pour in.
- Stare at the wall of white visible out of the windows.
- Call the MIL to tell her I'd be over tomorrow when the worst is past to clean her sidewalk.
- Try to explain to Molly the dog that pacing the house growling won't make the wind outside stop howling.
- Be thankful that the total snowfall isn't measured in feet rather than inches.
For the curious, here is the warning from the NWS that came out late in the afternoon for this area:
Issued by The National Weather Service
6:07 pm MDT, Thu., Oct. 29, 2009
... BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM MDT FRIDAY...
A BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM MDT FRIDAY.
PERIODS OF HEAVY SNOW AND STRONG NORTH WINDS GUSTING TO AROUND 45 MPH WILL PRODUCE BLIZZARD CONDITIONS THROUGH THE EVENING HOURS. ADDITIONAL SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 5 TO 12 INCHES ARE EXPECTED. THE COMBINATION OF HEAVY SNOWFALL AND STRONG WINDS WILL MAKE TRAVEL DIFFICULT IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE. SEVERE DRIFTING WILL CAUSE ROAD CLOSURES IN THE AREA.
A BLIZZARD WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE OCCURRING OR IMMINENT. SUSTAINED WIND AND/OR FREQUENT WIND GUSTS OF 35 MPH OR HIGHER WILL COMBINE WITH CONSIDERABLE FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW TO PRODUCE WIDESPREAD VISIBILITIES BELOW ONE QUARTER OF A MILE. TRAVEL WILL BE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS AND IS DISCOURAGED IN THESE WHITEOUT CONDITIONS. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL... HAVE A WINTER SURVIVAL KIT WITH YOU. IF YOU GET STRANDED... STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE AND WAIT FOR HELP TO ARRIVE.