Friday, December 31, 2010

Oh, Lord. Officially... 14 Inches Of Snow...

If insanity was a color, it would be white...

I don't care what the ski bunnies would say, they are not sat frozen solid in a metal shed. Insanity would be white, wet, cold and blowing.

How horrendously miserable the past two night have been, and continues to be as I write.

Even with some advanced warnings so I could prepare I wasn't quite expecting this. Frozen solid I just didn't know what to do to keep warm and still moving. You can only curl up into a fetal position for so many hours before you need to move and stretch.
The more I stressed and became anxious knowing that I can no longer try to keep warm, it's now trying to stop from being frozen, and stop the snow from coming through the building the more ill I became.
I am physically hurting so bad and I'm so thoroughly exhausted.
What an awful nightmare this is.

Blizzard warning posted for Southern Sacramentos

A blizzard warning has been posted for the Sacramento Mountains in Otero County. The warning replaced a winter storm watch. The region includes locations such as Mescalero and Cloudcroft.

In issuing the blizzard warning, the National Weather Service said snow accumulations of four to eight inches are likely with the highest amounts expected along the western slopes of the terrain.

The blizzard warning was set to take effect at 5 a.m. Thursday and continue until midnight.

Meanwhile, a winter storm watch remained in effect for the Northern Sacramentos from Thursday afternoon through Thursday night. That includes the Ruidoso and Capitan areas. For the mountains in Lincoln County, five- to 10-inch snow accumulations are possible with locally heavier amounts on peaks and west facing slopes of the Northern Sacramentos.

The NWS said in a late morning advisory that a powerful storm was diving out of the Pacific Northwest. Cold air from the Canadian artic combined with Pacific moisture would spread heavy snow into the Land of Enchantment, creating dangerous blizzard conditions for parts of the state on Thursday.

Timing: Showers and snow should start late tonight and become occasionally heavy by Thursday morning. The snow will persist through the day with the heavier snowfall likely occurring Thursday afternoon.

Winds: Strong winds of 35 to 45 miles per hour, with gusts to 65 miles per hour, were expected to become common, creating blowing and drifting snow.

The strongest winds were anticipated for tonight through Thursday morning.

Snow levels: Will start around 7,500 feet in elevation tonight and fall to the lower elevations overnight and throughout Thursday.

Impacts: Heavy snowfall, along with blowing and drifting snow, could create very hazardous driving conditions with poor visibilities. Travel would become treacherous as temperatures fall rapidly to well below freezing.

Take precautions: A blizzard warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds can lead to whiteout conditions. The NWS recommended not traveling. Those who do venture out should have a winter survival kit. If motorists get stranded, stay with your vehicle.

“The blizzard of the world has crossed the threshold and it's overturned the order of the soul...” - Leonard Cohen