Snow Day

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OK, so who else is having a Snow Day today?

Argonne is scheduled to open at Noon the earliest (I have doubts that they will). So I'm taking the day off. This means that I will be bored all day and will hang out even more on PF. This may or may not be good!

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I'm just glad I'm not traveling anywhere today.

Zz.
 

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I'm expecting to go home in a couple days...as soon as things let up a little. I've come prepared to spend the next 2 days straight in the department.
 
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I'm home, but the university isn't closed. We didn't get all that much snow, but there seemed to be a thin layer of ice under it from some rain we had last night before the snow started. I was up early and ready to head out when I looked out the window one more time and watched one car skid into a ditch and two others fishtail up the hill in front of where I live. Since the drive for our development enters the road right at the bottom of the hill, I know I can't get a running start at it, so decided to just stay home.

The snow has now turned to rain, and the plow and salt truck finally came through, so I could go to work now, but I've already called everyone and told them I'm working from home for the day, told the technician he can wait until tomorrow to do what I had asked him to do today if he didn't want to risk getting stuck in bad weather (once he starts, it's about a 6 hour process that can't be stopped), told the grad student I was supposed to meet with who has to drive the same road in that passes by my house to stay home and not risk his neck on that road, and had the vet who was at the farm anyway take care of all my post-operative sheep. So, I have no reason to go anywhere now (sometimes it's nice being the boss). I anticipated much worse weather than we got, so have all my paperwork for the next two days home with me (had I not lugged everything home with me, I'd probably be buried in snow up to my ears).

Oh well, time to go out and shovel the driveway before the next layer arrives (though, I'm looking out and watching the neighbor shoveling, and it looks like some nasty, heavy, wet snow, even though it's only a thin layer :yuck:). The weather report seems to suggest we've only gotten the tip of this storm so far.
 
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I'm home too, schools are closed etc....I suspect that I'll be in office tommorow.

I'll be more a pain in the **** to the posters also today.
 
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The ice storm started around 6pm yesterday, then turned to snow in the middle of the night. There aren't very many people at work, my director just came by and thanked me for being here.
 
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It hasn't happened here yet. This evening and tomorrow we have snow predicted - 12 +/- 6 inches, but they don't know yet which area will get the peak snow. Tomorrow will likely be a snow day.

At least it's not 10 feet of snow. :biggrin:
 
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We're expecting it to start snowing by mid afternoon or something like that. Can't wait! Especially since today I have evening classes. I love the snow!
 
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Yep, it was definitely a slushy snow with a crust of ice beneath. It's just a steady rain now. We're along the bottom edge of where that storm front is moving, so we could get anything or nothing. We could get hit with more snow, or it might stay rain, or we might get nothing. But, given the slush already on the roads, and the rain currently falling, once the temperatures start dropping toward evening again, it's sure to be ice overnight and into tomorrow morning. I'm glad I'm home, because if it starts freezing over near the end of the work day, getting home is even scarier than getting to work (uphill is tough getting to work, but coming home, it's downhill and can turn into an interesting adventure skiing in a car).
 
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I drew the late shift today, so I'll be driveing home around 10 tonight. We should have about 6 inches by then.

:frown: I never get a snow day.
 
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:yuck: Three feet in one storm is the most I've ever had. I lived next door to three Navy Seals that happened to be home. I woke up to the sound of them shoveling my sidewalk up to my doorway. :smile:
 
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I hope you invited them in for cocoa.
 
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:yuck: Three feet in one storm is the most I've ever had. I lived next door to three Navy Seals that happened to be home. I woke up to the sound of them shoveling my sidewalk up to my doorway. :smile:

No fair!! :grumpy: The last time I remember getting a full 3 ft of snow in a single storm, I was home on break from college. I was the designated snow shoveler! :cry: We always had at least one storm of 18" to 2' each winter when I lived in MI (and people there always acted like they'd never seen that much snow in their life each year when it hit, which baffled me...I had expected much worse than that when I moved there), but I lived in apartments there, so someone else was in charge of shoveling sidewalks and parking lots...though, that wasn't necessarily ideal when they just plowed the snow into big piles behind all the cars. :mad: Instead of shoveling 2 ft of snow from a driveway, it was more like 3-4' of packed ice to chisel through to get the car out after those storms. My last house had retaining walls along both sides of the driveway, so that was a huge pain to shovel too. So, I'm glad I finally live someplace that doesn't get much snow anyway, and I can just push the snow easily without having to toss it over a 6' wall or carry it all the way to the end of the driveway. (Next house will NOT have a retaining wall along the driveway!)
 
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During the biggest snow we had - that big blizzard that shutdown the eastcoast, I wasn't home - but my wife was.

They had about 24 inches on top of what was already on the ground.

I was stranded in Charlotte, NC for two and half days - eating breakfast, lunch and dinner at Cracker Barrell. :grumpy: :yuck: We did go to the Waffle House across the street for something different - although it really wasn't so different.

What was sad was that we were 15 minutes from landing at LaGuardia airport when they closed it, and we had to turn around and fly back to Charlotte, which took about 1.5 hrs. They just couldn't land at a nearby airport 80 miles away which was open (and stayed open during that period). :rolleyes: :mad:
 
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Oh boy, oh boy, I hope we get a snow day tomorrow! I have homework due at 1:40 pm tomorrow, and I really could use the extra time. :blushing:
 
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We started the morning with a freezing drizzle that's been varying between a drizzle and a thin snow. We'll wind up with 1 to 3 inches. One of those dreary gray days where I'm tempted to close the blinds - just looking outside makes me cold.

Interesting visuals on the way to work through the freezing drizzle. A black trash bag had blown up against a barb wire fence. First look at it and I thought, "Wow, great, the grim reaper. That's a great sign!"
 
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There is a tree by the side of the E-way that collects bags, and then proudly waves them all winter as some kind of bizarre urban art form.
 
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Oh boy, oh boy, I hope we get a snow day tomorrow! I have homework due at 1:40 pm tomorrow, and I really could use the extra time. :blushing:

:rofl: How quickly you've adjusted back to being a student again! :rofl:
 
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They just announced that school is closed for the afternoon. Everyone's gone home...except, it seems, the Physics majors. Perhaps they didn't get the news?

This is only the third time in over 50 years that they've closed school due to weather.
 
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They just announced that school is closed for the afternoon. Everyone's gone home...except, it seems, the Physics majors. Perhaps they didn't get the news?

This is only the third time in over 50 years that they've closed school due to weather.

Tomorrow might still be a doozy also! The lab is scheduled to reopen tomorrow, but if the snow is still coming down like right now (which they're still predicting it would), it might still be closed. I might just take a 2nd snow day.

Speaking of which, I did a lot of "domestic" chores around the house, something that I need to do but didn't want to do on a weekend. I pruned my orchids, repotted a few, rearranged my kitchen cabinets, and made a banana bread (it's baking in the oven now).

Can't wait to have that with some nice hot african autumn tea (thanks Moonbie!) and sit by the window watching the blizzard outside.

:biggrin:

Zz.
 
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You guys are lucky... somehow the snow keeps missing us up here in minnesota...
 
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I would love a snow day...but I don't think the university cancels school for weather :( I have a midterm tomorrow a snow day would be little gift from heaven.
 
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First time I've heard a forecast for 'Thundersnow' - it's supposed to snow so hard that we get lightning and thunder. We've had that before, but I don't remember a forecast.

Rates of up to 6 inches (15 cm) per hour are expected. We'll see.

They may upgrade the the storm warning to blizzard warning.

I'll probably be working home tomorrow. :biggrin:
 
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Sun is shinning and it is 50F out.




o:)
 
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It just turned to rain all day. Not sure what we'll get overnight, but whoever is getting the amount of precipitation we got in the form of snow better start warming up and stretching those snow-shoveling muscles, because you're going to get getting a workout!
 
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It just turned to rain all day. Not sure what we'll get overnight, but whoever is getting the amount of precipitation we got in the form of snow better start warming up and stretching those snow-shoveling muscles, because you're going to get getting a workout!
Just be careful of the ice in the morning.
 
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Just be careful of the ice in the morning.

That's what I'm most afraid of. The good thing is I can see the worst road clearly from my house, so can just watch out the window for how the other cars are faring before I decide to leave. I have to double check my schedule, but I'm pretty sure that I don't have anything on my schedule before noon tomorrow, so shouldn't have to leave early if the roads are bad.
 
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Where I live, the clowns on the road can't drive when it is dry out nevertheless when it is when and slippery. I am in trouble going into the office at o-dark-thirty tommorow.
 
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I am in trouble going into the office at o-dark-thirty tommorow.

:rofl: I hate having to get up that early. Since I've been helping/observing in the gross anatomy lab (learning it this year to help teach it in another year or two), I have to get up that early now (the lectures are usually at 8 AM, but I have to leave at 7:15, even though I usually only live 5 min from campus, because at 7:30, all the hospital and office staff hit the road and everything backs up at the traffic light before I get to the campus, plus I need to leave myself 10-15 min to get into the building from the parking lot...I finally counted, it's 124 steps to climb,:surprised not counting the hike across the parking lot...though, if I get there at 7:20, I can park in the front row. :approve:).

Though, I'm getting to the point where I can be ready in about 15 min if I shower in the evenings, and set out my clothes the night before so I don't spend 5 min hunting for matching socks, and most of that time is spent waiting for the coffee to brew. And, now the alarm goes off around sunrise, so it's not so bad as when it was going off and it was still dark out. Why can't they give the histology lectures at 8 AM and save the gross anatomy stuff for 9 or 10...that's a more respectable starting time.
 

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