This Weather Sucks!
I don't mind winter. A lot of the time I actually LIKE winter. I love the longer, cozy nights. I love the snow twinkling like diamonds, by the light of a full moon. I love the freshness of the air and the brilliant blue sky on a sunny day.
Today is NOT winter in northern MN!! We've had freezing, frigging rain since last night. We let the truck run for 20 minutes this morning and only managed to melt a small peep hole in the 1/2 inch of ice on the windshield. I had to slide out the passenger door at work so I could grab the building to hold my footing on the glare ice! I sprinkled 30 lbs of salt at work, and another 15 lbs at home.
Our local highway crews have done a valiant job. The main thoroughfares are relatively ice free, but watch out for the side streets, parking lots and your own driveway!
We now have an inch of ice covering EVERYTHING! I had to hack my way into our shed so I could get food out of the freezer.
It's been sleeting for the last hour. This is preferable to freezing rain. Walking on frozen pebbles is way easier than walking on a sheet of glare ice. In addition, the sleet bonds to the ice and roughens the surface.
To top it all off, we're supposed to get 4-8 inches of snow overnight! The snow will bond quite well to the ice on the metal roofs we northerners are so fond off. This is a BAD thing! This mixture doesn't slide off the roof, like it's supposed to. Unless we get a warm sunny day in the near future, we'll all be pulling the snow off our roofs with roof rakes. This is something you normally don't have to do with a metal roof. This will also make it difficult for L to clean off the truck at 5 a.m., so I can get to work.
We're praying that the wind won't pick up and snap the ice-heavy electrical lines!
I'll take 10 below ANY DAY over this!!