Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Frozen in the South

We live along the Gulf Coast in Alabama, so we aren't used to freezing temperatures.  Our area received a winter storm to remember yesterday.  We are just not prepared for something like this.  We have the beach with a hot sun and hurricanes to deal with, but not ice covered everything.  A lot of slush fell from the sky yesterday and overnight and today the temperature hasn't gone above freezing so everything is solid ice.  It's dangerous to drive because we don't have the systems in place to remedy this like salt on the roads.

There have been wrecks and people getting stranded and having to abandon their cars.  People are losing power because power lines are breaking from the weight of the ice.  Tree limbs are falling on roofs and cars due to the ice.  It's not a pretty sight.  We don't have snow chains for our vehicles and bridges froze over.  A lot is closed today but some of us still had to work, which meant traveling in these conditions. 

Our outside unit to our AC/heater froze up and wasn't working.  We had to thaw it out and cover it for the night. 

Despite all the bad, there has been some good.  Families are able to be home together and the kids get to play in the "snow."  It's a special memory even if it doesn't seem very special to others.  The white stuff that did happen to fall in some areas dusted the trees and ground and looks so pretty.  As long as everyone is safe and warm, there is really nothing to fear.

Now we're just waiting for it to melt.  It will probably be late tomorrow before that happens.  Until the temperatures gets warm enough so it doesn't refreeze, it will be a hazard to drive.  I myself had trouble even getting in my car this morning because it was frozen shut!  My loving husband had to pry it open with a screwdriver.  Fun huh?!  Then it took almost 45 minutes to thaw enough where I could scrape off the ice and see. 

It was exciting thinking that we might actually get snow, and while some people did, we didn't.  One day I hope to be able to make my first snowman, but I won't wish for this type of freezing weather again.  I think I might just go somewhere with soft, fluffy snow!  How is the weather where you are?

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