i LOVE living in a place that experiences all four seasons. fall is by far my favorite, followed by spring and summer. and even winter has it's perks - white Christmas's, sledding, snowmen, hot chocolate, bundling up to go outside and snuggling together inside. i really enjoy it all.
that is... until i read something like this warning from the national weather service, issued to our area for the next several days:
"... CRIPPLING WINTER STORM EXPECTED TUESDAY INTO WEDNESDAY...
* ACCUMULATIONS... SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF OF 12 TO 18 INCHES ARE LIKELY. LOCALLY HEAVIER AMOUNTS ARE POSSIBLE.
* WINDS... WINDS WILL BECOME NORTHWEST AND INCREASE TO 15 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH ON TUESDAY AND CONTINUE THROUGH WEDNESDAY. THIS MAY CAUSE WHITE OUT CONDITIONS.
* IMPACTS... EXTREMELY HAZARDOUS ROAD CONDITIONS FROM THE HEAVY SNOW ACCUMULATION AND EXTENSIVE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW COULD LIMIT TRAVEL FOR DAYS. BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW AS WELL AS AN INCREASED RISK OF DAMAGE AND POWER OUTAGES DUE TO THE ICE ACCUMULATION WILL LAST INTO WEDNESDAY.
*PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... THE RAPID ACCUMULATION OF SNOW WILL MAKE TRAVEL EXTREMELY DIFFICULT... IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE. IF TRAVEL IS NECESSARY... MAKE SURE TO EXERCISE CAUTION. BEGIN YOUR TRAVEL WITH A TANK FULL OF GAS... AND CARRY A WINTER STORM KIT WHICH INCLUDES A SHOVEL... FLASHLIGHT... CELLPHONE... AND BLANKETS OF EXTRA WARM CLOTHING."
let's hope it clears up enough that the girls and i will survive when dan leaves on thursday, for five days in new orleans!