We could have gone in two different directions yesterday. A birthday party for a great-grandson 65 miles south of us. Or to another appointment 35 miles north of us. Both meant driving on Interstate-29. The weather report seemed a bit iffy so we decided to stay home and go to neither. It wasn't snowing all that hard. In fact the forecast only mentioned a bit of snow and some "windy conditions". They were right about the wind...it kicked up,gusting to 44 mph, and it was fierce. And cold. Drifting was inevitable. Here in town it wasn't so bad but out on the highway it created white-out conditions.
After multiple accidents they closed the Interstate, beginning north of us and eventually closing a stretch some sixty miles long. Travelers were stranded overnight at local schools. You can read about it here.
We had friends who headed to the City earlier in the day...they spent 2 hours trying to get off the Interstate onto a two-lane highway where the Highway Patrol was re-routing traffic. They made it home safe. Other friends were traveling home from Des Moines.
This winter has brought us an accumulated 57 inches of snow to date. The Sioux City Journal actually reports 57.8, but who's keeping such close tabs as all that. What's another .8 inch?
When I look out the window, up and down the street, it appears that everyone else is doing as we. We've given up on keeping the sidewalks scooped trim. The front steps are piled with snow and visitors come in through the garage door. We are glad we can still get our car out of the garage.
Seeing this much snow on the ground with deep drifts and more blowing wind, I think of those pioneer families and homesteaders, hunkering down in tiny sod houses or not-much-larger log cabins. Or the Native Americans, surviving in their homes constructed of buffalo hide. Winter must have been times of awful fear. At least they didn't have to get up each morning and drive 30 miles to work as some of our friends do.
As I type, Hubby reports to me that another big storm is on its way.
The Olympics should come on down to the States. We've got the snow.