The Latest On The Storm

Late yesterday, the National Weather Service changed their forecast for our area and increased the snow accumulation from 5 inches to 12. Sometime in the night, it began to snow.

But this morning, the weather service changed the snow amount again, this time moving it back down to 5 inches.

My drive into work this morning was uneventful. I drove our 4 wheel drive truck. The snow was trying to drift across the road, but it was no biggie.

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It’s been snowing and drifting all day, and the wind has been blowing out of the north at about 25 mph with a wind chill of 13 degrees F.

The latest map shows the storm moving off to the northeast away from us. (We live in northeast Kansas)

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And we’ve been downgraded from a “Winter Storm Warning” down to a “Winter Weather Advisory”.

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No more pretty red, now we’re a color that strongly resembles calf scours.  Blech.

Here’s our latest forecast:

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So the good news is we didn’t get the ice and there were no power outages. Looks like we dodged a bullet.

Hope you are all safe and warm today.

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8 comments to The Latest On The Storm

  • another sue

    I heard myself telling someone that we only got a “skiff” of snow. And now I wonder where that term originated. No one uses it much anymore, but it seemed to describe what happened here. And I am oh, so grateful. The other “prep” that I do that you didn’t mention, is that I fill pitchers and gallon jars with drinking water, and buckets (sometimes I just fill up the bathtub) with water for flushing. Glad not to need it!

    • Suzanne

      We use that term, “skiff” of snow. Have no idea where it came from, weird word, now that I think about it.

    • Ah! A word mystery. Here’s what I found over at The Word Detective. It’s interesting:

      “The “snow” kind of “skiff” comes from an entirely different source. The noun “skiff” is drawn from the Scots verb “to skiff,” meaning “to move lightly and quickly, barely touching the surface” (“Neat she was … As she came skiffing o’er the dewy green,” 1725) or “to glide or skim” (“Rude storms assail the mountain’s brow That lightly skiff the vale below,” 1807). Just where this verb “to skiff” came from is a mystery, but it seems to be related to the verb “to scuff” in the sense of “to brush against something lightly.” “Scuff” is at least partly onomatopoeic or “echoic” in origin, formed in imitation of the sound of the action.”

      How about that?

  • Mary in Idaho

    Thankful for this weather update for your corner of Kansas. Appreciated the pictures too. This particular storm has been brutal ever since it began in the Pacific. We had family coming home from Europe and this storm delayed them in Seattle because all flights inland had been cancelled. When they did get a flight they said the turbulence was the worst they had ever experienced. When this storm came through Idaho we had 70 mph winds and heavy snow. We are used to the heavy winds and snow here, but when these storms come through here I can’t help but think what horrible havic they will cause in the Midwest as they gain in strength over the Rockies. Again, thanks for your thoughtful update. How do your two fur babies like going out in the snow? We had a lavender Siamese who would not set one foot out the door until some one cleaned a path for her!!!

  • Jeanne L

    I’m glad to know that you didn’t get the worst that was predicted. I do feel badly for Texas and Oklahoma. It must be awful down there. We used to live in southern Idaho and had lots of w windy, snowy winters. One year, we got quite a storm on Christmas Eve, and had to cancel the Church Service – the only time in all our years of my husband’s ministry that happened. We had almost a foot of snow. Not even during the nine years we lived in Canada, did we ever cancel a service because of winter weather! – I was interested in what Mary wrote.

    It was nice to hear from you again so soon!

  • We were suppose to get up to 8 inches. And then 6. And 4. And then possible an inch. We got nothing but cold and terrible winds. I was very thankful it wasn’t as bad as they thought.

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