Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Blizzard of 2011

When we moved to Arkansas, I was misled concerning the weather. I was told it would be quite mild with very little snow. Nothing like the Utah winters I've endured over the last four year. Apparently, the Utah winter decided to follow me. Two weeks ago Northwest Arkansas topped the 24 hour snowfall record, the single storm snowfall record, and the seasonal snowfall record for at least the last 70 years! We got 2 feet of snow dumped on us in one day. Just my luck!
For those of you still back in Utah, a blizzard of this nature wouldn't be out of the ordinary. But Arkansas is just not equipped to deal with that much snow. I swear there must be only one plow in the whole county, because most roads seemed to go untouched for days. Even if a road did get plowed, you never knew how much of the road was actually cleared. Sometimes I would drive down a road and suddenly the lane would end with a big pile of snow. Not only was the city not prepared for this kind of storm, the people weren't either. When the snow first started, there was a run on Wal-Mart. I was there to pick up a prescription and I couldn't believe how crazy it was. It looked like Black Friday shopping except everyone's carts were full of food, batteries, flashlights, bottled water, and other emergency preparedness supplies. The shelves were literally cleared off!
The high point of the storm was Nate and I were both able to work from home for a few days. I could get used to sitting in bed in my pajamas while working. It was nice to be able to do the laundry, clean up the kitchen, and make dinner during my breaks. I'm not normally a fan of blizzards, but I quite enjoyed my time working from home.
The strange thing was it went from -16 degrees to 69 degrees in a matter of days. This last week we were outside in shorts and flip flops. Hard to believe we just had a blizzard. Crazy!