Friday, February 05, 2010
The anticipated storm started 'on time' - flurries about 2:30 p.m. today. Before I head to bed, I looked outside and there appears to be about 4" on the sidewalk, with the flakes getting bigger and more intense. We're supposed to expect 1 - 2 inches per hour over night - yes, you read that right, 1 - 2 INCHES per HOUR. We've been told to expect up to about 16 inches total before this stops tomorrow afternoon/evening. The winds have picked up, and will remain high until Sunday or so, so this will be an interesting weekend, to say the least.
Lest you think I'm complaining: I'm not. We're all hunkered down and prepared to be snowed-in.
One of my daughters called to ask if I have everything I need for french toast (a reference to something we heard recently about people who are snowed in eating a lot of french toast). I laughed and told her I have everything I expect to need. We laughed about people who hear about possible storms coming and then rush out to buy lots of milk, bread, eggs, beer (lots and lots of beer), and snacks of all sorts. Makes me want to ask, "so you don't keep a small supply of....in your house?"
When I lived in Memphis, TN years ago, I made a point of avoiding grocery stores when snow flurries were predicted. People down there go NUTS at the mere mention of snow flakes. I was raised up north, and learned how to drive a stick shift car on packed snow and ice.
The only time I made a special stop at the grocery store when a storm was starting was several years ago; and all I bought that time was cat food. The clerk made a comment about me eating cat food if I was snowed in, and I told her, no, I had two cats and I had to make sure THEY had something to eat.