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The Blizzard of 2011 Has Begun

  1. IntimatEvolution profile image81
    IntimatEvolutionposted 6 years ago

    As many of you know I live in Columbia, MO USA and we are under a blizzard winter storm warning.  It first start to rain/ice yesterday and quit sometime in the afternoon.  However it started up again at 6am, which quickly then turned into snow.  So its official our winter storm is here, which gave me the idea for this thread.

    They say the blizzard effects over 100 million people, and spans all across the Midwest, parts of the East coast on up to the northeast region.  That's one third of the USA folks. 

    Here in Columbia we are already at an inch or two, and it's only been snowing for approx. an hour now.  They say it is suppose to snow 1 to 2 inches every hour, until Wed.evening. I believe it will. 

    I'm originally from Butte, MT.  Snow like this is common in Butte.  However, here in MO it's a completely different story.  For instance, I don't own a generator and my neighbors don't own on either, nor snow chains for our cars.  It is illegal to drive with snowchains here in MO.  Columbia is a small city of only 100,000 citizens/college students.  The city of Columbia only owns 18 snowplow trucks to service a city of our size. Not only that, I would have to drive to Iowa if I wanted to buy a snowmobile off the showroom floor. So I'm kinda screwed if it really gets bad. Urg!

    I'm sure quite a few of you hubbers are from one of these 29 states said to get hit by this blizzard.  Or maybe you live somewhere, were blizzards are a common occurrence like Tibet.  I would love it if we all could share our winter experiences, participate in winter weather updates and report on the happenings in your area, or even share pics and videos if you like.  With 29 states being effected by this, I think  it's safe to say it's going to be a snow fest!

    Here are some shots of my neighborhood.  It's Snow'Lliza out there!


    http://s4.hubimg.com/u/4536863_f248.jpg


    http://s2.hubimg.com/u/4536901_f248.jpg

    1. Brooke Lorren profile image61
      Brooke Lorrenposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I saw a few flakes yesterday.  I live in Phoenix, Arizona, so that's a big deal.  Keep warm!

      1. IntimatEvolution profile image81
        IntimatEvolutionposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Well, everybody look at that stone wall in my backyard.  It was one of the first pictures I featured.

        Look at it an hour ago,

        http://s2.hubimg.com/u/4539473_f248.jpg


        This is how heavy it was snowing then.
        http://s4.hubimg.com/u/4539499_f248.jpg

        And now look at the wall;

        http://s3.hubimg.com/u/4539550_f248.jpg

        That's my sons car now, and that is new snow since my husband shoveled the drive way.  I featured a picture of the car and my husband shoveling on page 2 of this thread.

        http://s2.hubimg.com/u/4539597_f248.jpg

        And now this is how hard the snow has fallen in the past thirty minutes or so;

        http://s3.hubimg.com/u/4539626_f248.jpg

        Well I'm off for the evening.  I'll take pictures of my snow blizzard progress in the morning.  It's snowing hard here, and isn't suppose to let up until tomorrow.  They claim we have another 10 to 12 hours of heavy snow fall still to come.  I cannot even begin to imagine...lol

  2. Pandoras Box profile image80
    Pandoras Boxposted 6 years ago

    Sounds like you've got some serious snow coming down there IE. Stay warm!

    1. IntimatEvolution profile image81
      IntimatEvolutionposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Oh I will.  I'm staying inside.  I am a surgical scrub, and my three surgeons canceled all their surgeries for today and tomorrow.  So I'm lucky that I get to stay home and still get paid.  I know that cannot be said for everybody.  But thank you for your warm thoughts.

  3. PrettyPanther profile image83
    PrettyPantherposted 6 years ago

    Great idea, IE!  I am in Mountain Grove, Missouri, about 60 miles east of Springfield.  We currently have freezing rain, which is expected to transition to snow in about an hour. 

    We stocked up on supplies yesterday and we do have a generator. We also did everything we could to prepare our animals (goats, chickens, horses) for the weather.  Our dogs and cats are lucky; they get to stay inside with us!

    1. IntimatEvolution profile image81
      IntimatEvolutionposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      You're lucky!  OK-City they say is shut down.  So it's coming your way.  Be safe and keep in touch!

  4. gracenotes profile image93
    gracenotesposted 6 years ago

    I don't think pictures would be very interesting for you, but currently it is about 20 degrees F here in Dallas/Fort Worth.  There is about an inch of snow on the ground -- but it's kind of deceptive because underneath is hard-packed sleet which can be slippery to walk on.  There won't be any more precipitation, fortunately.

    And, oh, silly me, our temperatures dropped so rapidly overnight (from about 50 to 20) that I forgot to unhook the garden hose from the faucet outside.  I had been using it to make sure my pond is full.  Currently, I've got a clamp light with a 75 watt light bulb aimed at the frozen faucet, and I'm shielding the immediate area with a huge bedspread.

    We are not expected to get above freezing until Friday afternoon.  But because it's Super Bowl week here in DFW, there are extra crews from TxDOT out on major highways, doing a lot of sanding.  The good news is that on Super Bowl Sunday, the high temperature is expected to be 55 degrees.

    Currently there are many flight delays and DFW Airport is doing a lot of de-icing of planes.

    IntimatEvolution, it doesn't sound like Columbia would fare well in these adverse conditions.  I am going to pray you or your family stays well, safe, and warm during this challenging time.

    1. IntimatEvolution profile image81
      IntimatEvolutionposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Thank you for your prayers!  Sounds like you have everything under controlled in your neck of the woods.  I'll pray for you that it'll stay that way!

  5. prettydarkhorse profile image62
    prettydarkhorseposted 6 years ago

    I am ten minutes away from center of Dallas and five minutes away from Dallas Cowboy Stadium where they are busy with the Superbowl on Sunday. I woke up this am and this is what I've seen. Sleet rain and snow. The heater is working properly though. We have a spare space heater just in case. Snow starting to build up, last year it was up to 15 in. Unusual but two years in a row, we have snow here.

    http://s3.hubimg.com/u/4537130_f248.jpg


    http://s4.hubimg.com/u/4537139_f248.jpg

    1. IntimatEvolution profile image81
      IntimatEvolutionposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Oh my!  That's awful for Dallas.  That weather there is about as foreign to you all as is our weather we are experiencing here in Missouri.  We all are just shocked and awed right now.  It's crazy.

      1. prettydarkhorse profile image62
        prettydarkhorseposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        yes, its crazy and gracenotes said it all.

        @Greek - LOL

  6. Greek One profile image79
    Greek Oneposted 6 years ago

    we could get up to 12 inches here in Toronto tonight...

    I am going to hate to have to force my wife to shovel

    1. IntimatEvolution profile image81
      IntimatEvolutionposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Oh Greek!  You are always so funny.  I just luv ya.

    2. Pandoras Box profile image80
      Pandoras Boxposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      She's married to you, Greeky. She must be quite adept with a shovel by now.

      big_smile

      1. Greek One profile image79
        Greek Oneposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        well played smile

    3. frogdropping profile image85
      frogdroppingposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I thought you were gonna get all lewd.

      Still - can't say I was disappointed with what you followed up with.

      No snow here. UK. Yet. You guys get it, we finish up with what doesn't get dumped on you. I'll share, take some of the load.

      1. Greek One profile image79
        Greek Oneposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        only after I typed "12 inches" did I realize I could have followed up with something lewd...

        I guess I need mental Viagra

        1. frogdropping profile image85
          frogdroppingposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          May I say - then you are losing your grip. Hold tight Greek, hold tight smile

    4. Uninvited Writer profile image82
      Uninvited Writerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      You mean the baby isn't old enough to start earning his/her keep?

      1. Randy Godwin profile image93
        Randy Godwinposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        talkin' bout cold!  lol

  7. katiem2 profile image60
    katiem2posted 6 years ago

    Here in central Ohio we are under a sheet of ice, all the schools are closed and we're expecting to get hit with the next wave of icy rain and snow.

    cool  Summertime please come take me away!

    1. IntimatEvolution profile image81
      IntimatEvolutionposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Well it's coming your way.  That is how we started off..., rain, then ice and now a blizzard!  Make sure to stay safe and stock up.  Cheers.

  8. Daniel Carter profile image91
    Daniel Carterposted 6 years ago

    @Greek: Beware of the pay back....  wink

    The winter of 1993, we had almost 4 feet of snow on our house tops. Roofs were collapsing, and people were dying from climbing up and shoveling it off, falling off in the process. Our roof wasn't steep at all and was fairly easy to shovel, so I climbed up and started shoveling. It was one of the most grueling workouts I can remember. My son, 6 at the time climbed up and tried to help. Before long my 8 yr old daughter and wife at the time were also on the roof helping. On the ground we created snow banks against the house that were almost 8 feet high in places. My son yelled, "hey dad!" and he dove off the roof into the tallest snowbank and was buried about half way in. After nearly having a heart attack at that sight, scrambling down the ladder, he climbed out, on top and said, "COOL!!!" and did it again and again with my daughter, despite my yelling for them not to.

    The only thing that scared me was when they were digging snow tunnels. That would have killed them if they had collapsed.

    I guess you have to make lemonaide out of lemons.

    1. katiem2 profile image60
      katiem2posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Oh yes the kiddos gotta keep an eye on them,  Hi Daniel smile

      1. Daniel Carter profile image91
        Daniel Carterposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Hi Katie! Better dig out the ice skates!

        1. katiem2 profile image60
          katiem2posted 6 years ago in reply to this

          lol I know,  it is beautiful but getting a bit thick and we are starting to lose power lines.  So I need skates to keep moving and warm or a generator!

  9. lrohner profile image85
    lrohnerposted 6 years ago

    I'm in Connecticut where we've already got almost 60 inches on the ground from previous storms. It's been snowing since late last night, and we're supposed to get that same one-two punch -- snow followed by sleet and ice. I just have no idea where we're going to put this new snow! smile

    Here's a shot from last week:
    http://s2.hubimg.com/u/4537273_f248.jpg

    1. IntimatEvolution profile image81
      IntimatEvolutionposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      OMG!!!!!

  10. lakeerieartists profile image81
    lakeerieartistsposted 6 years ago

    stock up on food and water.  smile

  11. gracenotes profile image93
    gracenotesposted 6 years ago

    I apologize if I seemed overly concerned about our Super Bowl here in DFW.  Any problems in this area really pale in comparison to what some folks are facing.  I need to keep a proper perspective.  I'm just watching things closely because I'm a volunteer for some Super Bowl pre-game activities.

    I'm supposed to do some extra shifts as an airport greeter, but there may not be many incoming folks to greet for a few days!

    1. IntimatEvolution profile image81
      IntimatEvolutionposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Oh no, you weren't.  Most of us Midwesterners are huge football fans anyways.  Life without a Super Bowl, are you kidding me?  I can see the headline now, "Riot turns into Largest Snowball fight in history!"

      http://media3.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/photo/gallery/091210/GAL-09Dec10-3324/media/PHO-09Dec10-192997.jpg


      We gotta have a Super Bowl!

  12. Greek One profile image79
    Greek Oneposted 6 years ago

    View from my backyard window after last snow storm

    http://img.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2007/04_03/1arcticRTRS_468x598.jpg

  13. Greek One profile image79
    Greek Oneposted 6 years ago

    reverse picture.. FROM my backyard into my house.. when I forgot to close and lock the door the night before,,,

    http://twistedphysics.typepad.com/cocktail_party_physics/images/2008/07/07/polatbear.jpg

    1. SomewayOuttaHere profile image61
      SomewayOuttaHereposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      lol  lol  lol....u darn Canucks!....u have all the fun up there!

    2. CMHypno profile image90
      CMHypnoposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Which one is you Greek?

      1. Greek One profile image79
        Greek Oneposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        the scary looking one

  14. IntimatEvolution profile image81
    IntimatEvolutionposted 6 years ago

    Well a foot of snow has fallen since about 8:00 am this morning.  It is now 12:35pm, central standard time.  The snow is falling so hard that I can hardly see my neighbors house, which is only about 150 feet away from me.  It's wild out there.

  15. Rafini profile image87
    Rafiniposted 6 years ago

    Here in Wisconsin we got 4-6 inches of snow yesterday and are now approaching the end of a 12 hour rest before the Blizzard Warning takes effect.  While it's not currently snowing (from what I can tell, lol, it could always be a super fine snow) the wind is certainly picking up!

  16. livewithrichard profile image84
    livewithrichardposted 6 years ago

    We're getting a bit right now here in Chicago but the real stuff is going to start dropping in an hour or 2. We're supposed to get between 16 and 22 inches over then next 24 hours.  Just stocked up on some food and gas for the snow blower and cars.

    I was 10 the last time we had a storm like this come through. At that time, the snow drifts were so high that I had to sled out the second story window of my bedroom so I could get to the front door and dig out an opening...lol

    Bring on the Snow Days! smile

  17. IntimatEvolution profile image81
    IntimatEvolutionposted 6 years ago

    Here's some updated photos.  That's my sons car all covered up, and the other picture is my husband shoveling our driveway right now.


    http://s1.hubimg.com/u/4538076_f248.jpg


    http://s1.hubimg.com/u/4538156_f248.jpg

    1. Rafini profile image87
      Rafiniposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Wow - that's a good amount of snow!

  18. IntimatEvolution profile image81
    IntimatEvolutionposted 6 years ago

    Yeah I know, and its only been four hours into this storm.  It's suppose to go on until sometime Wednesday, late afternoon they say.  All well, something to talk about when I'm ninety.

  19. profile image60
    DaltonBrownposted 6 years ago

    wow you are reeally expeirencing this blizzard, where im atthe snow will miss by about twenty niles it is just raining like crazy here

  20. Beelzedad profile image59
    Beelzedadposted 6 years ago

    Wow! On the west coast of Canada, we've been experiencing sunny days and warm temperatures, only dropping slightly below freezing at night. The grass is quite green in my backyard. smile

    1. Greek One profile image79
      Greek Oneposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      yeah, but your hockey players usual get a bad case of 'cold feet' in the playoffs smile

  21. Kidgas profile image80
    Kidgasposted 6 years ago

    I would much rather have snow than the inch of solid ice that I had to chisel off my car with a hammer this morning.  Took 40 minutes.

    1. Rafini profile image87
      Rafiniposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      (how long did it take to get the car door open afterwards?)

  22. donotfear profile image91
    donotfearposted 6 years ago

    The edge of this just brushed us................I just posted about it.  This morning we had severe thunderstorms with heavy downpours, lightening, etc.  Then the temp dropped 30 degrees in an hour.  Then a few pellets of sleet...snow flurries.  Now all that's left is a bone chilling wind gusting to 40 mph. witha  wind chill of like 5 degrees! No ice, thank God!!!

    I'm in the Arklatex. (AR, LA, TX)

  23. Randy Godwin profile image93
    Randy Godwinposted 6 years ago

    About 70 degrees here today.  Short sleeves weather.  I do not envy you who live in, as Lewis Grizzard so aptly put it, "The Great Frozen North."  smile

  24. Rafini profile image87
    Rafiniposted 6 years ago

    Just opened my front door, pushing 10 inches of snow out of the way in the process. hmm  But, of course, the rest of the deck is clear. <-------D@mn 35 mph wind gusts!  big_smile

  25. IntimatEvolution profile image81
    IntimatEvolutionposted 6 years ago

    Well this is my final result of the blizzard storm that just blanketed Columbia, MO

    These are my final pictures of my neighborhood, and of my homestead.  We are really buried in here, and not sure what to do about it. 

    Remember the pictures of my back wall, well here it is now;

    http://s3.hubimg.com/u/4543750_f248.jpg

    http://s2.hubimg.com/u/4543841_f248.jpg

    And, my son's car

    http://s3.hubimg.com/u/4543910_f248.jpg

    http://s1.hubimg.com/u/4543988_f248.jpg


    http://s2.hubimg.com/u/4544049_f248.jpg

    The Univ.of MO closed for the second day running, that is only the second time in school history.  Which began in 1839, so even though it has happened before, this weather is relatively new to us.  They say I won't be able to leave my home and get to work until Monday.  Columbia doesn't have enough snowplows to hit the residential areas until this weekend.  Go figure. 

    But anywho, my family is safe and healthy.  Nothing is damaged.  We all had a great time staying at home, and making beef stew.  The weather was so crazy last night, and the winds were so bad that nobody can give us an accurate snowfall (depth) numbers.  They say that 18" fell.  That's not as bad as our 1995 snow record of 22" in eight hours. 
     

    Have a great day!



    http://s1.hubimg.com/u/4544072_f248.jpg

  26. Rafini profile image87
    Rafiniposted 6 years ago

    Snow total:  18.4 inches!

    1. IntimatEvolution profile image81
      IntimatEvolutionposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      So you too, eh?

      We just saw a report on St. Louis and they only received 3".  I find that comical, because they are only an 1 1/2 east of us.  But the further Southeast you live in Missouri, I guess the more snow those folks got.  Crazy!

      1. Rafini profile image87
        Rafiniposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Yeah.  On the news they mentioned 140 vehicles stranded around the county & only 1 tow truck company being able to get to them.  People were stranded for 5-6 hours waiting to be rescued - what were they doing driving during a Blizzard for Christ's sake?!?!

        1. IntimatEvolution profile image81
          IntimatEvolutionposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Aren't people silly sometimes?  The Highway Patrol here in MO closed down I-70 completely sometime in the early hours of Tuesday morning, just as a precaution. And, from the sound of it, thank goodness they did.

          1. livewithrichard profile image84
            livewithrichardposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            We got a total of 20 inches and we were told another 6 inches by 3pm here in Chicago but the sky is crystal blue and no snow in sight. My fiance in the north suburbs got 23 inches with snow drifts as high as feet.

            Have you ever heard or seen lightning and thunder during a snow storm? Well it happened here last night and it was the strangest thing. I cannot recall that ever happening in my 42 years.

            1. IntimatEvolution profile image81
              IntimatEvolutionposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              OMG!  That's so surreal.  Well stay safe Richard.  I'll be thinking about ya.

  27. FaithDream profile image87
    FaithDreamposted 6 years ago

    I think we finally have a path to our mailbox. An all day event, but we survived.
    http://s4.hubimg.com/u/4545699_f248.jpg

  28. IzzyM profile image87
    IzzyMposted 6 years ago

    Just thought you guys might be interested to know your snow storms were covered by Spanish TV news, so I saw a bit of what you are going through.

    1. IntimatEvolution profile image81
      IntimatEvolutionposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Oh!  That is way too cool.  Thanks for the heads up.smile

 
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