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Crazy Leap Day storm

February 29, 2012 - Linda Lobeck
It’s now being called the Leap Day storm, and for those of us who doubted we’d get blasted, we’ve been proven wrong.

In my defense, we have dodged a lot of storms that have hit all around us this winter. So, I was skeptical when the stories came out forecasting a foot of snow. Officially this morning it was 11 inches at the Iron Mountain-Kingsford Wastewater Treatment Plant. But that was at 8 a.m. today, and all it’s been doing since is blowing and snowing some more. When it’s all said and done, I’m sure it’ll be another four inches or so that fell today.

On days like this, I wish I was employed by a school district and could just roll over and go back to sleep while it’s storming outside. But unfortunately, people still want their daily paper and I have to get going in any weather.

Thankfully, I’m not like some of my co-workers who have to travel greater distances to get to work and live on roads that don’t get plowed too early in a storm. For those people, I was impressed to see them in work on time the morning after such a wicked storm.

I, unfortunately, had to wake my husband up to get a path plowed in the driveway so I could get out this morning. And my little dog was grateful that a path was made for her off the back porch so she could get out this morning. Eleven inches of snow is a lot for a toy poodle to get through to do what she needs to do!

Once hitting the roadway, the real adventure began. It was snowing so hard that it was just like driving on a foggy day — you couldn’t see too far ahead of you and definitely couldn’t see for sure if you’re in the right lane on the road. I went, praying all the way, that I would make it in safely and be able to stop when I needed to. I definitely plowed through the snow where a plow hadn’t been through yet and had some scary situations, like difficulty getting up the hill by work.

But the fun isn’t over. Since parking my car before 8 a.m. today, I’m going to need some momentum to get out again without getting stuck. Let’s hope that this Leap Day storm winds down soon to allow the plows to get out and clear up the roads again before we go back at it again tomorrow.


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