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Everybody Say It With Me Now

18 December 2008

What the forecast says:

This Afternoon: Snow and sleet after 12pm. High near 23. Wind chill values as low as 10. East southeast wind between 8 and 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Total daytime snow and sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

What the Des Moines Register is twittering:

Commuter alert: I-235 onramp closed at University Avenue [note: this is 2 miles from our house]; accident on the ramp. They’re sanding now.

What the school district has posted:

Des Moines Public Schools will be dismissing classes today 90 minutes earlier than their normal dismissal times.

What it looks like outside my back door:

No sign of an ice storm

What I am saying:


9 Comments leave one →
  1. Cateling permalink
    18 December 2008 12:59 pm

    Gloom! Doom! Ice! Yikes!!!

    Our district announced at 9:30 am that they would dismiss an hour early, and now it looks like the DEATH STORM is taking its sweet time getting here. I would never want to be a school superintendent in this part of the country.

  2. 18 December 2008 2:45 pm

    Well, of course your sky looks like that! All of the snow has been swiped by your blog.

  3. 18 December 2008 3:01 pm

    There is snow falling all over your photo! Can’t you see it? There are even some big flakes caught in the trees.

    Or maybe it’s a meteor shower. Or tiny little white rockets. Or God sneezed.

  4. 19 December 2008 7:40 am

    I know! This town is *all* crazed about the snow storm forecast for today. Which is now predicted to be 2″ – 5″!!

  5. 19 December 2008 11:15 am

    I thought Iowans were all hardy “ten miles on foot through the snow” people.

  6. isabelita permalink
    19 December 2008 1:00 pm

    Perhaps you were experiencing a “doughnut hole”, such as we had in Seattle on Wednesday: snow all around, except on us. They closed the schools anyhoo, and the snow finally came on Thursday. They closed ’em again, and they are closed today, Friday. With all the hills around here, it doesn’t take much to shut this area down…

  7. 20 December 2008 8:12 am

    Did the snowfall come?

  8. 21 December 2008 7:47 am

    It does seem that the forecasters get all caught up in the “maybe” and “perhaps.” If it comes, it comes. I just try to be prepared “in case” and then let the chips fall where they may.

  9. Peaceable Imperatrix permalink*
    22 December 2008 4:47 pm

    Ho ho ho. I realized after posting that some smart alecks would comment on the falling snow.

    We did end up having snow and ice. It came about 12 hours late, and they cancelled school on Friday — so Winter Break is one day longer than they planned. The girls were thrilled. Me? Not so much, because with economic slashes, they reduced the number of plows on the road. Our area didn’t get plowed until Sunday. Sunday!

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