Wednesday evening a storm blew in. We were very thankful for it, for more than one reason. I would assume that most would not typically be thankful for a big storm; however, it’s been so cold here over that past month (range: -10°F to -30°F) that we were grateful for the warm air. You see a storm usually brings in warmer weather with it. Have you ever noticed that it doesn’t really snow at 0°F or colder? It usually snows around 25°F to 35°F. In addition, it brought a bunch of snow and wind. This snow and wind caused huge drifts to be blown over the road. It was bad enough that our administrators considered canceling school. We waited until about 7:15 am until our assistant principal called and said he was only going to delay the start of school so the snowplows could come out and clean off the road. So, the other teachers in our building convoyed with us on our way down to the school. The road wasn’t too bad, however, we did get stuck a couple times. Luckily 4-wheelers are relatively easy to get unstuck. After arriving at school our principal heard back from the city snowplows that it was still too windy to plow the roads, at that time school was officially canceled. Now, for the average teacher and student, this is a great. Snow days are awesome. However, our school district doesn’t actually get snow days, which means that we have to make it up. Most school districts plan a few extra days of school in their official schedule in case they need a snow day; our school district does not. We have to make it up and instead of adding it to the end of the school they added it on Saturday. Fortunately, another storm was forecasted for Saturday, so it’s been rescheduled for the next Saturday (at least some time to plan ahead).
Early Saturday morning, that big storm that canceled Saturday school arrived. This storm arrived with some vengeance. It brought snow and winds from 35-45 mph with gusts over 65 mph. It blew all day; actually, it hasn’t really stopped. Saturdays we go to the school to plan for the next week. We tried to go out, unfortunately, we didn’t get too far. The road was completely drifted over. The snow was blowing around enough that we couldn’t really walk to the school either, because we couldn’t really see the road. The closest thing I can compare it to is a sand storm.