The fifth biggest snowstorm in the cities, since they started keeping track of such things. Even more than the Armistice Day blizzard of 1940.
I was grateful Mike flew home from Florida on Friday night, we picked him up at the Humphrey airport (excuse me, Terminal 2) just as snow was beginning to coat the roads. We pulled up to a spot and as Mike was loading up his luggage "Let it Snow" came on the radio. How prophetic.
I have tweaked the lyrics a bit, to coincide with our weekend adventure:
Oh the weather outside was frightful
inside, it was delightful
thank goodness we had no place to go
Let it snow let it snow let it snow.
It showed no signs of stopping,
so we made some corn for popping
candles were lit, lights were low
Let it Snow let it snow let it snow
The snow kept coming down
outside, it looked so very cold
the MOA was even shut down
those who ventured out were bold.
The snow, it came to a stop
There was stew in the crockpot
Out to shovel we did go
Let it snow let it snow let it snow!
The huge drifts and cold reminded me of the Halloween blizzard, when we lived in a little apartment in Bloomington and didn't have to worry about shoveling or plowing. But I did have to drive our Miata to the airport to pick up Mike, an adventure in itself, and a story for another day...
Charlie is home from school for a second day, it has just been too difficult for the cities to get all of the streets plowed well enough for the buses to get through, and they are worried about kids standing waiting for late buses in the frigid temps. He is in heaven. I may have to put him to work today.
My favorite part about a storm like this? It brings out the very best in us. People helping strangers could be found throughout the city, whether they were helping a car get unstuck or shoveling someone's walk. We were fortunate enough to have a friend with a snowblower (THANKS JED!) who loaned it to Mike, as our corner lot has way too much sidewalk, and this much snow was really daunting.
Snow is piled everywhere, on city streets the parking meters barely peak out the top, and it is hazardous at intersections to see what is coming. And we have more snow in the forecast for the next couple of days....
let it snow, indeed.
Check back later, I will have photos! Tracy has some great shots (and a really fun post) over here: http://sellabitmum.com/?p=1212