Blizzard: a severe snowstorm with high winds and low visibility. According to Accuweather.com, “In the 1870’s, an Iowa newspaper used the word “blizzard” to describe a snowstorm. Previously, the term blizzard referred to a cannon-shot or a volley of musket fire. By the 1880’s, the use of the word blizzard was used by many across the United States and in England.”
Here we woke to deep drifts from the high winds and had to shovel our way out the door to get to the stock. Of course, there are also bare patches of ground. It’s funny how your perception is way off though and you can’t tell if you’re walking into a deep drift until you are in the middle of it. The horses are warm in the barn as we put them in last night in anticipation of the conditions. The bulls are safe in the corral and don’t seem bothered by the ice.
Students across the state of Colorado and into Nebraska are doing the snow day dance-or more likely sleeping in. I hope to get my snow shoes out if the wind dies down a bit, since I did not brave these conditions to run this morning. I would have ended up in a drift myself. I did drive the sixty miles to school yesterday on icy, snow-packed roads, only to arrive to the message that my district would be letting students go early due to the worsening conditions. After that announcement, no one had any focus except for the snow outside. So, a day to catch up, to get some things done that I’ve had no time to do, and to make brownies I think!
No matter where you are it seems, we all enjoy a snow day-as long as we’re warm, fed, safe and secure.
I remember hiking over a mountain of snow to make my visitation rounds at the Fargo airport where I was a Chaplain with the North Dakota Air National Guard. The next spring’s melt revealed a ten foot fence with barbed wire on top! Yes, it can be deceiving! Enjoyed our snow day in the mountains safe and secure.