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.