BLIZZARD 2009 1.0

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.


6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Carol Armbruster on December 9, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Hi Natalie: I wondered if you were enjoying the snow. Your pictures make me nearly nostalgic. Glad to see that you are getting some serious midwestern snow experience. The mid-Atlantic and NYC cannot quite compare. Enjoy, Carol


  2. Posted by Abrah on December 9, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    That is so pretty! I’m glad you were able to stay in and enjoy it from the warmth of your living room!


  3. Posted by Allison on December 10, 2009 at 10:41 am

    I’ll bet you never expected the time spent in your formative years playing with the ‘Oregon Trail’ software would have come in quite so handy. The pictures are lovely and we are all thinking about you in the frozen Mid-West.


  4. Posted by Ron Harris on December 10, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Hey Natalie, isn’t that Billy trudging off to an (canceled) exam in the first photo? You got your White Christmas. Ryland and Lauren were down last weekend and tried your pizza recipe. Other than having to wait until 11 pm for the dough to sufficiently rise, it surpassed any pizza around here. Delicious sauce, simple, not greasy. A winner.


    • Posted by iowasthinking on December 10, 2009 at 2:45 pm

      It’s some other, unfortunate soul trudging off, actually. Billy checked his email (and got a call from a friend) before venturing out that morning. It was just AWFUL out.

      Thrilled you all tried and enjoyed that pizza recipe. It’s a winner here, too!


  5. Posted by Kathy Selevan on December 13, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    I am a transplanted East Coast girl and just love seeing these pictures, reminding me of my under 30 years in New England, shoveling out to get to work, to get out of work and to get back home. Who says we don’t exercise in the winter? Enjoying all your recipes especially the recent Focaccia one which I love to make. Please contact my son Michael when you and Billy are back east again. He woud love the company in Arlington VA. Good luck with finals and the snow and have a Felice Anno Nuovo. Jim and Kathy Selevan, Laguna Beach, Ca.


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