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the worst is not over

blizzard2The latest alert from the weather service makes another promise.  I like the range of estimate: 12 – 20 inches. Can’t be wrong with that kind of estimate.

THE WORST OF THE STORM WILL HIT TODAY INTO THIS EVENING…

.AN ADDITIONAL 8 TO 12 INCHES OF SNOW WILL FALL IN MOST AREAS
TODAY THROUGH SATURDAY. ALONG THE CANADIAN BORDER A BIT LESS SNOW
WILL FALL WITH NEW ACCUMULATIONS OF 6 OR 7 INCHES EXPECTED. THIS
ADDITIONAL SNOW ON TOP OF WHAT HAS FALLEN WILL GIVE STORM TOTALS
FROM WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY OF 12 TO 20 INCHES OVER THE
REGION.

Just to make sure you know how much snow we’re getting, the weather service is even adding it all up for us.  Have a look at the graphic, all decked out in holiday stickers.  Festive.

Locally, it’s not bad at all.  Thirty degrees, calm, light snow, but it continues to come down.  Quiet outside, too, because there are few cars going by.  It’s all ok by me.  We have duck for Christmas dinner, and if it gets too tedious indoors, we can stand next to the highway and wave at the few cars sledding past in that 12 – 20 inches.

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white christmas

blizzardA WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM THURSDAY TO 6 AM CST SATURDAY. * SNOW WILL BEGIN LATE TONIGHT AND THEN CONTINUE INTO SATURDAY. * 10 TO 15 INCHES OF SNOW MAY OCCUR WITH THIS SYSTEM. * WINDS WILL NOT BE A SIGNIFICANT FACTOR FOR TONIGHT INTO THURSDAY. THE WIND WILL TURN NORTH AND INCREASE TO 15 TO 30 MPH OVER THE RED RIVER VALLEY ON CHRISTMAS DAY CAUSING NEAR BLIZZARD CONDITIONS. STRONG WINDS COMBINED WITH HEAVY SNOW MAY CREATE SNOW DRIFTS THAT MAY CAUSE SOME ROADS TO BECOME IMPASSABLE. EAST OF THE RED RIVER VALLEY…WINDS WILL BE 10 TO 20 MPH…WHICH WILL CAUSE REDUCED VISIBILITY IN BLOWING SNOW. * PERSONS WITH TRAVEL PLANS FOR CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY SHOULD MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS FOR UPDATES.

Hooray. It’s about time.  This looks to be one of those long, slow storms that are good for short walks, keeping the fire going, single malt, and the interwebs. A good distraction from Nine Lessons and Carols and rebroadcasts of Just A Minute.

Ten to 15 inches will snow us in solid, until our guy with the snow plow shows up on Boxing Day or later. In some scenarios, this kind of storm leads to Redrum and hide-and-go-seek with hatchets, but not here.  No tedium here. We can catch up on One Man and His Dog or Top Gear. The hours will just fly by.

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first spring storm?

With any luck, this might be coming our way tonight:


Viv cleared snow off the deck so we could have a glass of celebratory wine in the sun, but just as she finished, the front rolled in. But we’re stocked up with food and drink in case a storm does roll in – and even if it doesn’t.