Thursday, March 21, 2013

The blizzard was supposed to end this morning...

But... It's noon, and we are still experiencing high winds and blowing snow. I'm beginning to feel like Laura Ingalls Wilder in The Long Winter.  Good thing our cold storage room and pantry are well stocked with food and supplies. Not that I'm in any danger of starving (*cough*). 

Here's the update from the highway report. It doesn't sound good at all. I truly feel for people who have to drive in order to make a living. I'm staying put. 

Strong winds giving poor visibilities in blowing snow today.

Southeast winds of 40-50 km/h with gusts as high as 70 to 75 km/h continue to affect much of Southern and Western Saskatchewan this morning, resulting in poor visibility in snow and blowing snow, as well as treacherous driving conditions due to severe drifting and ice-covered roads. Saskatchewan Highways is reporting many roads are closed in the warning area this morning, with travel not recommended on the remaining routes. The storm let up in some regions overnight, however radar shows a fresh shot of precipitation moving into the warning area from the west. The public should be prepared for rapidly deteriorating conditions again this morning with near zero visibilities at times.

Gradually diminishing winds over the course of the day into this evening should improve conditions somewhat, at least as far as blowing snow is concerned...But periods of snow can be expected to continue throughout much of Southern Saskatchewan over the next 36 hours. 

It's that last part that bothers me. My husband is due home in "the next 36 hours" from his week-long business trip. That's IF his plane isn't delayed by bad conditions where he is (he reported a lot of snow the last time I talked to him). Once his flight arrives safely, he still faces a two-hour drive on the roads described above. In other words, he's gonna be stranded for as long as conditions remain so bad.

Folks, THIS is why the police tell people to stay home...

Taken yesterday near Webb, SK (found on Facebook)

Happy Second Day of Spring.

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