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Above freezing

January 13th, 2010 at 9:33 pm

The snow is melting!

Bare patches of ground are visible in some spots. We’ve had snow covering the ground since the Christmas Eve blizzard, so that’s, what, three weeks of the stuff? Not sure how much snow we had, at least a foot total over three snow storms.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m tired of white. And gray. And white with brown speckles – and every shade of snow there is.

On Monday, the temps just barely got above freezing for awhile. Yesterday, the high was only 26, but today it was in the 40s. At 9:20 p.m., the temperature in Emporia stands at 37. Yes, even after dark, the snow is melting, melting, melting.

Most of the residential streets in Emporia did not see a snow plow and today those streets were thick with slidey slush – whee! And there were 4″ ruts in places and the ruts bounce a car around – out of the driver’s control.

Bouncing around in the ruts reminded me of driving to Grandma’s farmhouse when I was a kid. Grandma had a quarter-mile one-lane driveway that was dirt. Or mud, depending on the season. Those ruts, wet or dry, would bounce Dad’s truck around. The tires were forced to follow the carved path. I remember watching Dad’s steering wheel jump to the left and right all by itself.

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  1. heineken160
    January 13th, 2010 at 22:11 | #1

    I took my trash cart to the curb tonight and enjoyed doing it in the balmy evening. My past weekly experience doing this was a climatic challenge…I shudder to think about it.

  2. January 15th, 2010 at 08:12 | #2

    We’re getting big brown patches now too. Things are now brown and white out there. White is prettier. But brown indicates the approaching Spring, in my mind anyway.

  3. January 15th, 2010 at 17:33 | #3

    Not entirely…and not nearly quickly enough for me. Today, if it was above freezing, it wasn’t much. And the slush keeps changing to ice and back again and back again. Worst of all are the very treacherous patches of ice you can’t really see, especially in the early morning dark on a parking lot. We had three reported falls in the state parking lots/areas around buildings this morning, and two of those were taken to the hospital.

    C’mon, Spring!