Monday, January 31, 2011
The only way to walk safely today is slowly...with eyes firmly fixed on the ground.
We've got a glaze of ice, with quite possibly more to come. Once the sleet and freezing rain moves out, the weather wizards have warned us of snow that could range up to a foot or more. They're saying it may be a storm for the record books.
Needless to say, this dire news sent people racing to grocery and home supply stores. By Sunday night, the shelves in most places were Old-Mother-Hubbard-bare, as evidenced by photos that were posted on television and social network sites. Food, candles, batteries, generators, ice melting chemicals...anything related to cold weather disaster preparedness quickly left the building.
Today my office closed at noon. That's a rare event and goes to show just how seriously the predictions are being taken. Sprung early from the office, my colleagues and I scurried and skidded to our cars. I think we all felt a bit like kids who'd just seen their school posted on the Closed Due to Weather List. Even scraping ice off car windows didn't dampen anyone's spirits.
It's still not clear exactly how this will all play out. Could we have a true wintry disaster or just another storm in the ongoing saga of our lively winter weather pattern? The next 24 hours should tell the story.
At home things are feeling cozy and relaxed. I'm cooking, getting a few loads of laundry done, and tapping out some words on the computer.
Like Scarlett O'Hara, I'll worry about the weather tomorrow.