We woke up to this wonderland this morning:
In case you haven’t heard — which would be hard, since CNN is reporting on the Midwest winter storm nonstop, which is one of the only times I’ve seen Iowa on the real news — it’s blizzarding here!!!!!!!
The snow started Monday night and left us a couple inches yesterday. And it didn’t stop. Last night, the National Weather Service put out winter/severe weather warnings and watches, including THUNDER SNOW, whiteout conditions, two-feet deep drifts, and heavy snowfall at a rate of one to two inches per hour. We were also cautioned: “Do not travel! If you must travel, due to an emergency, bring you winter survival kit.”
What is a winter survival kit? I certainly don’t know. I’d never heard of such a thing before. I googled it a few minutes ago, and am now even more convinced that we’re a pair of city slicker greenhorns on the Oregon Trail and will probably lose our entire team of oxen by fording a river when we should have caulked the wagon and floated.
The solution, clearly, is not to go out at all. And today, that worked out surprisingly well. My elementary school was closed, as was the law school. Billy’s exam is postponed until tomorrow afternoon, and his merry study group is currently wrestling with contracts hypotheticals for the sixth day straight — at our dining room table.
Meanwhile, the snow outside is carrying on like it hasn’t a clue that area meteorologists have predicted a stop in a few hours. Nope, it’s still falling, drifting about, and blowing horizontally more often than is strictly comfortable. All schools, the mall, numerous surface streets and chunks of the interstate — indeed, the city of Iowa City have all closed for the storm. Not even snow ploughs are out.
I rather doubt much will have reopened tomorrow — but then, this is hardy Iowa country, where even if snow ploughs are pulled from the roads, gosh darn it, our mailman still delivers. For neither snow, nor sleet, nor dark of night shall stay these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds!
For what it’s worth, the snow’s still coming.
(Ps. Three of my photos, including one new one, up here.)
UPDATE, this evening, with snow still still coming.