by Maggie Sefton
Boy, the Weather Experts were right when they predicted that this Winter was going to be really, really, really bad. Winter started early, sneaking in during November in some areas, and going full bore by December, Cold, bitter cold swept in during January in most parts of the country. Some weeks the West would be hit, the next few weeks the East would be slammed. Even areas of the country that are used to cold Winters like the Dakotas, Michigan, Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest were subjected to brutal, bitter, harsh bone-chilling below zero temperatures. Brrrrrrr!
Our own Cozy Chick Deb Baker lives in Wisconsin, and I have often looked at the Weather Channel's updates and shuddered. Here in the Front Range of Colorado---Fort Collins, Denver---we've had our share of bitter cold during the first two weeks of January when the jet stream dipped way low and sent our temps plummenting. Then---we spent the next two weeks in January with mild temps and our regular sunny days with temps in 40s then high 50s and low 60s. Sunday, our temps dropped and Monday we got 5 inches of fluffy new snow and cold temps. Go figure.
Today, Tuesday. . .areas of our country are experiencing unprecedented Cold. This weekend I spoke with daughter Christine who lives in Northern VA where they're having below zero temps and snow. Even southern VA in areas near Norfolk, which is right on the Atlantic Ocean and usually warmer, temps on Saturday at late morning were one degree! Ack! That is insane.
Daughter Serena lives near Houston, TX in the south of Texas, and they're having a second round of ice storms that have turned their maze of highways and interstates into ice skating rinks. But instead of skaters, all those cars are slamming into each other on those ice-slick roads. 500 auto accidents in one morning. Yikes!
How are you folks handling this Cold? Where are you located and what's happening there?