Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Blizzard Wednesday, updated!

We haven't had a lot of snow so far this winter, but today will be the day to change all that.

We live near Manchester, at the top of this map.

For my Aussie and Kiwi friends, 36 inches is over 91 cm. The weather guys think we will get between 18 to 25 inches (45 to 63 cm) before the storm is over on Wednesday.

The governor of our state has already declared a State of Emergency, which means if you are not "essential" you stay home. Schools everywhere have been cancelled for Tuesday AND Wednesday.

Snow is expected to fall at a rate of one to three inches AN HOUR, which Mom has never seen before. At that rate, the snowplow guys can't keep up. Not every snowstorm is a blizzard. According to Wikipedia (yes, I looked it up), "a blizzard is a severe snowstorm characterized by strong sustained winds of at least 56 km/h (35 mph) and lasting for a prolonged period of time – typically three hours or more." The biggest problem in a blizzard is that you can't see more than a quarter mile ahead of you (400 m), and it can get so bad it is called a "whiteout" which means you can't see anything. So it is unsafe to be on the road, and they want everybody to stay home.

Works for me.

Big problem though, is that those high winds can cause power outages. I do not want that to happen.

IF we have power, and IF we have innernets, I will post pictures of what it looks like outside as the storm progresses. Otherwise... well, let's not think of that.

this photo was taken Monday morning. It will be interesting to see how much snow there is on Tuesday....

Update Tuesday AM...
This is what it looks like outside the sewing studio this morning. It is snowing and the wind is blowing it around. It is hard to tell just how much snow we have so far, but it looks to be about six or seven inches (15 - 17 cm). The storm isn't done yet, and we will get more. We are warm and cozy, and Mom is watching the tennis in Oz while also keeping up with the local news.  Keep your paws and fingers crossed!


Megan said...

Millie - thanks for the update and for doing the metric conversions for your readers in more advanced - oops! - countries.

I'll keep my fingers crossed that you and your mom have power throughout so that you can keep warm and are able to eat, shower, watch the tennis and sew during your enforced 'holiday'.

Take care.

Sydney, Australia

PS. Gorgeous pic of you today.

Summer at sparklecat.com said...

Paws crossed that your power stays on, Millie!

Monday walkers said...

Keeping my fingers crossed re the power,Millie........sometimes we forget just how much we depend on it.
We will all be thinking of you and your Mom.

Noela Sydney Australia

Hannah and Lucy said...

We hope your power stays on Millie - we will be thinking of you. Hope your Mom will not even consider going out until the weather has calmed down.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Laila and Angel Minchie said...

Batten down the hatches and stay warm and safe!

Pat said...

Good luck, Millie. I hope you don't lose power. That's no fun at all.

Ellen in Oregon said...

We are glad to see you still have your 'lectricity Millie. The new guy just said that there were winds of 78 MPH in Mass. last night. Hope your winds were not that bad. If the snow doesn't pile up as much as they predict & the power stays on, you & mom are gonna have a couple of fun snow days. We worry that all that snow could melt fast & flooding will be a concern. We hope you can post an update tonight or tomorrow to see how you are doing. Keep close to mom & help keep her warm. We are crossing everything your power stays on. Be safe.

Shaggy and Scout said...

A power outage would be a bummer, hope that doesn't happen, but enjoy the adventure of everything.

Megan said...

Thanks for the update Millie. So far, so good!

Sydney, Australia

Mickey's Musings said...

We had that storm too and Mom stayed home for a snow day. We had about 15cm(Canada is metric too). Tonight we are having freezing rain and maybe some rain before it freezes. That will be messy when Mom goes to work tomorrow.
We kitties will be warm and cozy :)

Purrs Georgia and Julie,
Treasure and JJ

Just Ducky said...

Hope you guys are OK, it has been a long time since you posted that last pic. Hope the power is on for you.