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We got a bit of freezing rain last night but it didn't begin snowing until 5:30 this morning. We can still see although it's bitter and the wind is blowing.

 

The guys are going out to see if the cattle will even come out of shelter to eat. I'm going to feed the horses (who are right here at the house) and check on the food and water for the chickens and barn cats.

 

I don't know if the college is having classes or not, but MY girl isn't going to be driving around to find out.

 

Gah!!! Here I go!!

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So far, it's a normal winter in the midwest. Ours is supposed to hit about 11 a.m. We are expecting about 20" plus winds up to 45 mph. My mom heard that we haven't had a snow like this since 1967. I was 2 then so I don't remember for sure. ;) I know we've had bad winters before (in the 70's and early 80's), but I think they were because of multiple storms, not just one storm like this.

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I'm in Indianapolis and we have about 1/2in of ice already. To see what is still on the radar to come today is scary. So far we have power, but I don't expect it to last long.

 

As a side, dh is outside trying to break up ice in the yard because our little dog refuses to go potty on the ice. She doesn't seem to know what to do because she can't smell anything.

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We only got a dusting of snow (though it's frozen solid--when I let Chewy out to go potty, he didn't even leave a trace of pawprints), but it's -14 right now, with a wind chill of -30. The boys' enrichment school was cancelled today, but I have to go out anyway because I have my rheumatology appointment. Brrrrr....

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First round of freezing rain hit us here last night. Everything is ice covered. Maybe 1/8 to 1/4". All the schools are closed and the universities and colleges are either closed or not opening till later. We lost a decent size limb out of our front yard tree. Second round is coming later this evening supposedly bringing ice totals to 3/4 - 1". :eek: Then it's supposed to snow 1-3". We still have power, thank God. Though they've said the biggest threat for us losing power is tonight when more ice hits and the wind picks up.

 

Dd's snowman has got an ice-coat :D

 

Stay warm!

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Our precip already came through and is tapering off, but everything that fell (mostly sleet) is going to freeze solid, as our temps are plummeting. We aren't expected to get above freezing until mid-day Saturday. Wind is blowing pretty steadily at 30-45 mph, which is deadly at these temps. At my house it is 22 degrees, and it'll be falling all day. The blessing is that we didn't have heavy precip, so power outages should be minimal.

 

I just watched on the news as the Packers buses were being escorted to their Media Day--it is the usual police escort, but they are preceded by two sand trucks! :lol:

 

We have so many bridges and overpasses, many of them 4 or 5 levels, that even if you inch along OK on the sheets of neighborhood ice, you won't be able to get much of anywhere on the highways--many closings and jackknifed semis. All the ISDs are closed.

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We've gotten a lovely covering of ice. Although I dislike the inconveniences that come with ice (eg loss of power), I think it's just lovely to look at...from the comfort of my warm home. :D All our schools and universities are closed. Round 2 should begin later today, I hear. But, it's mostly more ice with a bit of snow at the tail end. I told dh we need to move somewhere that gets more snowfall. He gave me :glare:.

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Overcast but clear here in Northwestern Pa. Not as cold as it has been, we are at about 20F right now. No precipitation yet, but the freezing rain and what not are supposed to start later on.

 

We have a wood stove and oil lamps, so if the electric goes out our biggest issue is no internet - horrible thought!

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Ice. I don't know quite how much we have already but it is visible on the power lines. Dh is home from work today as the university closed. We have plenty of food but no alternate heat source so we pray for no power outage. Also, if the power goes out, I have to drive into work tonight and I really don't want to do that.

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SE Nebraska here. We started out with ice yesterday morning. It seemd to frizzle (freezing drizzle) all day. Somewhere around 5:00pm the temp plumeted and the snow started. At first they said we were supposed to get around 8-10 inches, but this morning the forcast was 2-4 inches. I have no idea how much snow we have out there right now. Our yard has bare spots and huge drifts right next to one another. The wind chill is -14. Fun times!

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Everything is coated with ice, and Im praying that the power does not go out when the second round hits. If we had a woodburning fireplace or stove, I wouldn't really mind...but for some reason beyond me our 100 yo farmhouse has neither.

 

I have plans, once I get dressed and am done relaxing with coffee to go outside and take some photos, the ice is beautiful.

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I'm in Indy, too, and so far it's not too bad but we are expecting another round this afternoon. As Janna mentioned, we've been told to expect power outages. Just can't wait for that...not.

 

Personally, our big thing is that our 3rd floor furnace is out and we're waiting for a part to arrive. I'm praying that it comes today and we still have power for the furnace to run!

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:glare:It is -20 where I am with wind chill of -48. We have a little barn cat that is pretty feral and he refuses to be caught.:glare:

Our goats are not happy. They are throwing thier heads and being weird. We have heat on them and on the chickens. Poor things. I sure don't like this cold. We do have a heated pad in a little insulated room we made for the cats. All but one are inside. We call him crazy eyes. (the little one that won't let us catch him) He is so afraid of people. He started hissing at people when he was a week old. I hope he makes it.

I am ready for this to be done.:tongue_smilie:

Oh yeah, we are in a 90 year old farm house with no insulation too! Super fun. I now feel like 60 inside is warm. Really.

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Blizzard Warning here BABY!!!! I'm SO excited! I was just telling someone last week that I'd like ONE more BIG snow storm this year. But, I also asked that the weather then turn to 50 − 60 for a few days to melt it before it becomes dirty and depressing.

 

I'm VERY worried about our power. We lose it ALL.THE.TIME. With winds and heavy snow on our lines and temps below zero, I'm a little scared!

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We're getting two storms back to back, predicitions in snow totals are scattered, I'm guessing a couple feet will be added to the ~ 10 foot we've already had this season. I'd rather have this than the -13 degrees we had last week or ice.

 

We were expecting back to back storms. But last night's was a complete disappointment! We only got an inch or so.

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Central IN here. There is at least a half inch of ice on all of the cars, and the sidewalks are frozen solid. Nearly every public school and university closed today....except Ball State (where I attend). :confused:

 

 

Apparently the second wave of the storm is supposed to arrive at 1pm-maybe they'll cancel tomorrow

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Dang! I'm back in. It's really cold, wind blowing and snow. I had to do some extra walking because steps up to the chicken house are so slick I was afraid I'd fall. All my barn kitties were there, snugged up in the hay. The chickens are happy but I had to put the guineas in the time out coop. The horses were major butts, but I got them all in their various feeding areas and everyone ate.

 

Now I've got a pot of ham and beans on the stove and an apple crisp pie in the oven. And I don't have to go back out till around 3:00. Everyone stay warm!

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It has not hit here yet...sometime around the supper hour. But, the wind is picking up. I did chores at my horse's boarding facility and we let horses into the indoor riding arena to exercise and much hay, but not out to pasture as the wind chill just keeps dropping. Lady is five and very, very frisky. I doubt it would hurt her much. But, Moe, the Arab gelding, is 23 and a little arthritic plus the Frisien is just beginning to show some signs of slowing down in the extreme cold. So, it was best to keep them in. Unfortunately, the wind is blowing east/west and once that hits those 20-30 mph wind gusts, they are going to have to come into their stalls because the arena barn gate is an east gate and it's a pasture gate not a barn gate. Therefore, they will eventually be getting blown on directly.

 

8-12 inches is predicted with the accumulation beginning after 4 p.m. DD is at her hospital orientation (50 minutes west) so she can begin her O.R. rotation for paramedic/pre-med. They are supposed to let out no later than 4 and we are hoping that with the weather report, that they'll let out at 3 so she can just beat it home.

 

Faith

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Northeast Indiana. We got 3 to 4 inches last night on top of the 3-4 inches of old snow.

 

Blizzard warning until tomorrow night. Very cold and windy here. As soon as DH gets home from work, I'll be thrilled to tough it out with the family. I love it when we're snowed in together. Hopefully, we'll keep power but I think we're prepared to lose it.

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We're in the southern part of the mess - tornado warnings followed by ice. Nice. I'm a little nervous about the tornadoes since our neighborhood has avoided being hit - but in the last couple of years they've touched down blocks away on either side of us. Ugh. Just praying for God's hand of protection.

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Saturday was t-shirt weather. Today it's -10.

 

The storm kind of fluffed over Colorado, though. I woke up to a sheet of ice yesterday, then it snowed a few inches. I'd rather have snow than cold! Schools are closed today, I think because they hadn't had a snow day yet. And who wants to go out when it's -10?

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It's beautiful! Low 70s and sunny!:D:tongue_smilie:

 

 

There ya go, rub it in...:glare: Seventy degrees at my home town today, too. I am a coastal gal so this white stuff doesn't sit well with me. But, will you guys get thunderstorms and tornado weather later when the front comes through?

 

We are on the western edge and dh and I were just guessing about how overblown the forecast might be. Don't get me wrong, it's nasty out, but it looks like the largest swath of heavy stuff might miss us.

 

I kind of feel bad for the kids. The weather people get them all excited about seeing huge amounts of snow, and 9 times out of 10 the forecast doesn't pan out. I hope for the kids' sakes that we do get that foot of snow we've been promised. We have popcorn, movies, snow clothes, food and a 4WD so we are set for it.

 

We had a very full week of necessary activities planned and all have been cancelled or cast into limbo. It is frustrating!

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Here in Cinci it's just wet. there was some ice on the trees this morning, but it is slowly dripping away. At 9AM the temp was 32.5 and now, at 11:30 it is 36. We're suppose to get some snow this evening. If that happens, it will be really bad, with the water underneath. At least for Cincinnati. And thats what makes it so bad here. Our temps tend to hover around freezing. So it thaws & melts, and then freezes. ACK

 

Apparently a few miles north of us it was a little worse, as there are lots of schools closed.

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Dallas here - icy, like others have said, all the schools are cancelled, and DH is stuck here too. He's supposed to take the GRE tomorrow - don't know how that's going to happen, and he has to study today here since NOTHING is open. Not that I want him on the roads - they look ugly.

 

Everyone stay safe!

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This is the most I've seen since we lived in Iowa. Dh and Ds are trying to get up our lane (1000 ft. country lane with hills and turns) to get to the main road to rescue a friend who is off the road. Friend was feeding his cattle (on the next 30 acres) and his truck slid off the road. Dh wanted to bring him back to our house. Friend has a history of heart attack and other health issues so we didn't want to leave him stranded. But looking out the window I can see our Jeep turned sideways in the road as dh was trying to navigate uphill on a curve.

 

If the Jeep Grand Wagoneer won't go, nothing will go in this except maybe a tractor. I've measured the depth and we have at least 18 inches with much more in the drifts. Ds's car is buried up past the mirrors.

 

We had some beautiful lightning and thunder with the snow. I've only seen that in Oklahoma. Really Cool!

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Here n/w of Chicago we got a couple fluffy inches since last night - the bulk of the heavy blizzard is due late this afternoon. No ice, thank goodness!

 

We should all take rulers or yardsticks, measure, and post our totals later tomorrow!

 

PS - our neighborhood is planning a post-blizzard snowman-building competition with another neighborhood, so I hope the blizzard brings good packing snow. So far the fluff we have won't hold together.

 

I hope to make a snow Totoro!

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NE Missouri is smack dabble in the middle of this mess. It's snowing and blizzard warnings have been issued. We're expecting 12 to 20 inches. I think we will probably set records--not the good kind. Everything is closed here. I mean everything. South of us there is ice. After it calms down our temperatures will plummet into the negative numbers.

 

Tori

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Solid ice here. We drove back here to DFW last night from Austin (we saw CherylinCO and her family bluegrass band play!). We got home around 1 and the ice started coming down around 3. It's a solid sheet of ice out there and realllly cold.

 

School is closed for Luke (which was great because he got to sleep in after our late night drive).

 

Since we were gone all weekend, I'm a little low on groceries, but can borrow a few things from neighbors. There is no driving in this. We don't prepare for ice here since we only get it once or twice per year. We just shut down. And I kind of like it. :001_smile:

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Central NM...near Albuquerque

Schools, colleges and government offices are closed.

We don't have much snow in the flats, but it's super windy and the roads are supposedly icy.

It's a pajama day here with green chili stew on the stove.

yummm!

I love imposed days at home! They force me to take it easy.:001_smile:

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