At our house, it’s just plain cold and snowy. Minus degree temperatures, double minus degree wind chill factors, and that old Christmas song “Winter Wonderland” runs through my glove-covered frozen fingers as I type this. The roads are passable, but not good, and we don’t have a ‘one horse open sleigh.’ Not that either the horse or the humans should venture out in this weather.
It’s been a rough few days since the big storm hit the country. Flights cancelled all over the nation as people try to get home for the holidays (yeah that’s a song too). Stuck in airports: like one poor soul who spent two days at the airport in Dallas on his way to Cleveland.
Then there were the 70 or so Semis that ended up trapped at a Vivian, South Dakota fuel stop for days as I90 had to be closed for blizzard conditions. Their big rigs ended up buried up to the roofs in snow drifts. The trucks were stuck there for 5 days, with another arctic blast set to hit after. That second one carried wind chills up to -55 degrees.
Feet of drifting snow and wind gusts up to 60 mph stranded truck drivers last week for several days at a South Dakota fuel stop until their rigs could be unburied from mounds of snow.
Huge snow drifts made it impossible for drivers to see forcing dozens of semi-truck drivers and staff to shelter at Coffee Cup Fuel Stop for several days until their trucks could be uncovered. Fox Weather
With the I-90 closure in effect from Mitchell to Rapid City (exit 67), trucks traveling east on I-90 should consider long-term parking options at exits 46, 55, and 61 in the Rapid City area.
Officials are noting that truck parking at exit 67 is currently FULL at this time. pic.twitter.com/P2XAOJAc5n
— SDDOT (@SouthDakotaDOT) December 14, 2022
Wind chill factors don’t help the homeless folks who gravitated to our area. At the potential for -35 degrees the other night, exposed skin and hypothermia could be a serious issue. The city of Spokane, Washington worked hard to get the people inside.
The sad fact is winter in the northwest isn’t always pleasant. It’s flat cold here some years. There is usually a deep blanket of snow, but some years in the recent past were just cold with no insulation. Your prize rose bushes tend to croak in that case (speaking from personal experience). This year we at least have that cushion of really cold snow. But though it looks like a ‘marshmallow world,’ or a winter wonderland, it’s treacherous. A few years ago we had snow up to the eves of our house and had to shovel it off the roof. One of the dogs loved it, since she could catch the snow as it was shoveled off. But the door to the garage was blocked and relatives had to stay overnight at Christmas until the roads were plowed. Oh, and Rudolph’s antlers were the only thing showing in the Christmas display.
As the rest of the nation gets a taste of what we sometimes experience here, we can feel for them. Hot chocolate or a hot toddy warm the inner person. A nice wood fire warms the room. Speaking of, I think I’ll go back upstairs to the stove. My fingers are not working even with gloves.
Merry Christmas everyone, stay warm and safe this weekend…and remember Jesus, He’s the reason for Christmas. Remembering Him should warm your hearts and bring you Joy.
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