The winds were minimum 40mph sustained with gusts up to 67mph. I took a few "Before" pictures yesterday just as it was starting:
|You probably can't see this well...Turkeys out in the field!|
I had to laugh because my girlfriend said the local grocery store was (the horror!) out of bread! I sure am glad I learned how to do that myself. Even before getting my hands down in it, I at least had a bread machine.
Interstate 80 from our exit west is closed for 60 miles. Many other major arteries, interstates and counties are shut down and The National Guard is deployed. Thousands of folks are with out power and snowed in for a while.
One of the most interesting things from this storm...Thunder Snow! Now if you have never seen it, it's amazing! Imagine how the sky lights up backed against pure white! Supposedly Thunder Snow has more amperage than typical lightening. The weather man said "You don't want to get struck by this!" Sure am glad he tipped us off to that! LOL!
Pig Pen plowed several times last night, however, this is what we woke up to:
|3' drifts up to the house|
|Plow Pile up to about 9'|
|Missy loves it!|
|Clearing will last for about an hour or less!!!|
I made a nice big pot of homemade chicken noodle soup, homemade noodles and fresh bread to keep us nice and warm! And then of course, I have my sewing projects for being 'shut in'.
Since starting to type this post, the news just said they have upgraded the blizzard to the THIRD worst storm for our area! It has stopped snowing in our location, but Chicago is still seeing it come down 3" per hour and my Dad's power just came back on and he is making coffee :o)
How are things for the rest of you? I know most of you Northern folks are used to this stuff and I have to say, it really hasn't been all that bad...if you just stay put!