Friday, December 26, 2008
Holy smokes! We are under seige by snowstorms! For more than a week, it has been snowing. I have never seen it like this since I moved here in 1998. I must admit that the novelty is wearing off. We have been virtually homebound, along with the rest of Spokane. The snowplows focus on the arterials and emergency routes and have not yet made it into residential neighborhoods. Right now, you have to have chains in our neighborhood. Only four wheel drive and chains, plus a rig with enough clearance, can get in or out.
Every day we shovel and snowplow, sometimes multiple times in a day. Craig even had to shovel the roof due to concern of collapse. Postal service is few and far between and UPS and Fed Ex were unable to deliver most packages. We have been very popular as our neighbors have been asking to borrow Craig's truck. Even most SUV's are getting stuck so we have been lending out our rig.
The snow is so deep that the kids can't really play in it and the dogs don't want to go out. We actually had to shovel a path so they could go out to do their business. Who knew?
The airports have had to cancel most flights and those that get through are with delay. The Spokane Airport actually ran out of de-icer the other day.... Okay, that is a little embarrassing! The weather has hit or affected airports up and down the west coast. Craig's step-sister, Casey, has tried to fly in from Mexico three times since Saturday. She would get to L.A., then not be able to get any further north. So the airline would end up flying her back to Mexico. Then repeat. Then repeat. She finally made it to Spokane tonight via Dallas. Casey definitely gets the trooper award!
We are forecasted for more snow five of the next seven days. We are already thinking of Spring!
I put a Snowstorm Slideshow over to the right. Some of the pics are pretty cool. (I've moved John Paul's Birthday Party Slideshow and the December Fun Slideshow to the bottom at right.)