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Blizzard Watch - First Ever for us

Monday, December 24, 2012

Well, 2012 is certainly going to be one for the books. Now the NWS in Paducah has issued a blizzard watch for our county. Seems the heaviest precipitation is going to be along the river, which I'm probably five miles from. Snowfall estimates for us are anywhere from 6 to 8 inches or 10 to 15 inches depending on the source. Then you add in the 25+mph winds with gusts of 35+mph and we'll have whiteout conditions. Last I heard it was supposed to start about 8pm tomorrow night - the heavy snow that is.
I'm praying that we won't lose electricity. That would be a super bad thing for me. I couldn't handle that again - 2009's ice storm did me in on no electricity since there wasn't any for 2 weeks. My backup plan was to go visit my brother in NE TN for over a week. Won't work this time since he'll be in Florida by the end of the week. Besides the storm's likely to head his way.
The funny thing is we are supposed to get more snow Friday night too and then next week. I think my prediction of a cold snowy winter are going to be right on track. I figured since we had record breaking heat and drought the winter would be a flip flop of weather.
So if you hear about the river counties in Western Kentucky, you'll probably hear about my area. My son works in Paducah which is also under the blizzard watch and I told him if it's as bad as they say it'll be he won't be going to work on Wednesday. We live 30 miles west of Paducah. There's no way he's going in because I wouldn't have if I was still working. I don't need that added stress of him being out on these country roads in the daytime much less that night. He agreed.
The next 48 hours should be very interesting to say the least. The last big snow we had was in 2004 after my husband died. We had quite a bit of snow and drifts but not as bad as what's forecast. I think the other time I can remember was about 1993 maybe and I-24 was shut down. We lived in Paducah at the time. The National Guard was helping bring employees to work at the hospital where I worked. I was picked up by a doctor and rode in the front cab of a truck with 2 nurses. Talk about a tight squeeze! That night a nurse brought me home. Not a good thing. I'm hoping things aren't horrible. In 2004 we had a definite deep white Christmas. We couldn't get out for over a week because our streets were too dangerous with deep snow and ice. Needless to say groceries were running low. Thankfully I have a ham for tomorrow and 2 hams and a turkey in the freezer.
Stay safe.
Merry Christmas!
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