Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Snow Snow Go Away!!!

Now, I know that many of my readers are from the north or various places where snow is a norm for you. Since I live in Alabama, we are not accustomed to much snow or are our cities and counties equipped for this type of weather. We live in north central Alabama, and the forecast was for the middle towards the south part of our state to be hit with snow, ice, etc., and this is very unusual. Normally, if we get snow it shows up in the northern part of our state. So, when approximately 9 AM it started snowing here at my house, and kept snowing, and kept snowing, practically until almost dark, we knew that something was not right. LOL We were expected to get a dusting at best. Well, in our front yard, DH measured 3 inches!! Everything is white! Schools were not scheduled to dismiss, people traveling were not prepared, businesses were not prepared for what happened. We have many stranded on the interstates, and other roadways. People left their cars stranded everywhere to try and get someplace warm. So far, five fatalities have been reported. The weather did move south, but much later in the day. Our son works in Birmingham and lives approximately 34 miles from his job. His wife works in the Gadsden area at the moment. He left work and it took him over seven hours to get home. He left his car stranded on the county road to his house and started walking. His wife also had to leave her car and started walking from the other end of the road. She was picked up by someone in a 4 x 4 and they went and picked up our son. My brother-in-law works at a hospital in Birmingham which is a little over an hour away from his home and it took him 11.5 hours to get home. Had he stayed on his normal route home, he would still be stranded. At least 24 miles of I-20 from not far from our house to Birmingham is closed due to accidents, stranded cars and the ice not allowing people to move. It has been a nightmare! Most roads are impassable. I am going to show you some pictures of around our house and if I can share some from the news agency we watch. Please keep all in prayer. Many children spent the night at school because they couldn't get home. Many people spent the nights at work since they couldn't get home. Many people spent the night in shelters or in their cars. 

The picture above came from a facebook posting tweeted to them by the person listed in the photo. This is just one of the many messes we have. 

Please keep everyone in your prayers. Pray for the families who have lost loved ones during this, too. The sun is now shining, and we all are hoping and praying the roads clear up soon. It is not scheduled to get above freezing temperatures, though, so I'm not sure how it will go as far as thawing the roads.

I'm going to try and sew some today. I'm still having a headache from my sinus issues, so not sure how much I will feel up to doing.