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Our winter storm

Monday, February 23, 2015

These are views from outside my apartment looking down at the ground. Looks pretty doesn't it? In New Mexico there were times I drove in snow like this. However, this isn't snow. It's sleet, which is ice. And it rained all day yesterday so underneath is solid ice also. Temp is about mid 20's and won't get out of 20's today. So this is much more dangerous than a light snow. The news has showed numerous pictures of small hills that 2 wheel drive trucks or cars couldn't get up because of the ice. 4 wheel drive stand a better chance. So we are told this is going to stay frozen like this all day and night until some time tomorrow. This looks so mild compared to Boston, the eastern area, and other places. But here this is the first winter storm we've had this year and the first like this sine December 2013 when an ice storm hit. Snow hardly ever hits here. So people don't have snow tires, chains, or training to drive in the snow. And TXDOT, our highway maintenance, do the best they can but also don't have the equipment or manpower to keep this cleared like some other areas do that see worse more often. So it's a major issue here. I started watching Channel 5 here, which is our NBC local affiliate. The Today show has been pre-empted for continuous coverage here. I checked the CBS and Fox affiliates and they also have continuous news here. And for those who are American Sniper fans, the trial of the many who killed him and his friend at a gun range near here was supposed to go to closing arguments today, with his insanity defense, but court is cancelled today due to the weather. The ambulance service are also saying not to walk on the icy sidewalks because falls are so possible due to the layer of solid ice under the snow. And it's not going to melt due to the cold temps today. In fact it's getting worse. Over 800 school districts, business, government offices, etc have announced closures today on Channel 5 due to the weather in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. DFW airport has over 1,000 cancelations of flights in or out today because of difficulty de-icing planes and clearing runways. They say to stay at home unless absolutely necessary to go out. As I get older I worry more about falling and breaking a hip or some other bone, so they don't have to tell me twice LOL. I plan of staying nice and warm and dry in my apartment. Saturday it reached the 70's.

Anyway, it may not be news a lot of places but it is here. The parking lot in my picture usually has a lot less cars by now as people leave for work, to run errands, or take kids to school. Although the news has crews on the highways and there are some vehicles on the road there is not as many as usual. But lots of accidents from the autos that are out from the ice.

Does it show that my life is not too exciting and I need more to do LOL? I like my nice quiet life without all the drama I dealt with all the time in New Mexico. But just thought I'd share a little of what our storm is like for us when we aren't used to this. Hope you all stay warm and dry.
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    We are in the deep freeze... I din't know that you got snow.. Guess I learn things new everyday... In His Love and Grace Just Me emoticon emoticon
    1165 days ago
    Lived in Ft. Worth for 2 years 1977-1979 and it sounds like it hasn't changed much as far as the weather. We had a wreck on the freeway when a storm just like this hit in Feb. Sounds like still not the best in road crews to take care of the roads in bad weather Glad it warmed up! Haven't chatted in awhile...hope you are doing well with your recovery efforts! I see you are still going strong on your exercise!!! Good for you!!
    1477 days ago
    Stay safe!
    1485 days ago
  • JUDITH316
    Linda, please stay safe and warm indoors, the snow is pretty to look at but it's the ice that is so dangerous, we have "black" ice here meaning it can't be seen but if you hit it you are basically out of control, when I moved out West my first experience with black ice I will never forget, I was walking up someone's driveway, I was in Home Nursing, my feet hit the ice and I went down hard, I couldn't get back up and basically had to crawl to some bushes and get my feet on some branches to stand again, I was bruised from head to toes, nothing broken but had I been my age I likely would of broken a few bones, so please be extra careful my friend... emoticon
    1486 days ago
    I got a kick out of this. It wasn't nearly so bad here in south Texas as it was there. I don't think a single school or business closed. But it was *cold!* Way colder than normal, and - as you know - we just aren't used to that here. Brrrrrr! Anyway, I got a kick out of it because my son Henry, who lives in Irving, didn't have to go to work, and he was SO happy. Of course, he worked from home a bit on his computer, answering a few e-mails, but he considered it a vacation.

    I hope you're still staying warm and dry. It's still pretty cold down here.
    1487 days ago
    Glad you didn't have to go out in that. Be careful! Thanks for sharing the photos.
    1487 days ago
    Stay safe...
    1487 days ago
  • KANOE10
    Good luck with that winter storm. It is unusual for your state. Hang in there. Stay safe.

    1488 days ago
  • FLO1389
    be careful, I am tired of the snow. where is spring! emoticon
    1488 days ago
    Thanks so much for sharing those photos, Linda! I am glad that I'm not home. We probably got it too, if Stephenville did! Please stay in and stay warm. The ice like this is really dangerous for both pedestrians and drivers! emoticon
    1489 days ago
    That ice underneath is dangerous no matter where you live! I don't mind driving in snow but ice scares me! Both our vehicles are 4-wheel drive but that doesn't get you stopped if you go into a skid! So glad you can stay in and wait for the weather to warm up! Enjoy your day indoors!
    1489 days ago
    You are absolutely correct... "winter" weather is definitely relative to your zip code! emoticon
    1489 days ago
  • UNICORN212
    Hmm..maybe you should have stayed in Phoenix! Stay warm!
    1489 days ago
    So glad you can stay warm and comfy!

    Take care!


    1489 days ago
    Thanks for sharing!! emoticon your winter tales!!! Mother Nature handed over a real treat here yesterday. A 43 degree balmy day and even though you had to climb frozen snowbanks to get to the boardwalk many were there doing the same : )
    2-3 days before we woke to a temp of 1 degree!! Go figure!!

    1489 days ago
    Stay safe Linda. It is still sleeting and roads are icing over. Did make a quick run to town this morning to get some medicine for my sister. Roads were worse the closer I got to town. But now home, safe with my puppies. Hugs Pat
    1489 days ago
    Staying safe is the most important thing. I survived the two-day "Florida Winter"... now it's your task to survive the Texas version. emoticon
    1489 days ago
    Stay safe! HUGS
    1489 days ago
    1489 days ago
    Stay inside but keep moving! Put on a exercise DVD and make healthy choices!
    1489 days ago
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