Sunset at Prien Lake Park

Sunset at Prien Lake Park

Friday, January 31, 2014

Thoughts on the Ice Storm

We had a few ice events here in Southwest Louisiana recently. Last Friday, school was cancelled due to the forecast of severe cold and sleet/freezing rain. Everything outside was encased in ice. If the videos posted on Facebook were an indication, people who park their cars outside got the biggest kick out of rolling down their car windows, only to have a sheet of ice remaining in the space. Fortunately, it was Bob's Friday off, so we hunkered down and had a relaxing pajama day; we watched movies, Bob baked bread. It doesn't affect us anymore, but the school district cancelled school. And wisely so. With the freezing rain and icy roads, driving was treacherous.

Unlike two years ago, when they cancelled school simply because it was cold. I thought it was a bit silly then. You can read about that day here.

We had a short reprieve from the cold and precipitation over the weekend, but Tuesday and Wednesday was more of the same crazy weather. Again, school was cancelled both days. Bob had to go to work. But I went no farther than the mailbox at the end of the driveway.

It's interesting that, just prior to the storms, the grocery stores here were shopping madhouses, just like in Pennsylvania before a storm. Bread, milk, and toilet paper . . . gotta stock up. Having lived through these types of things all my life, I stayed home, avoided the crowds, and read about it on Facebook.

This was once a bread aisle.

So, now that the ice has melted, how are they going to get all that sand off the bridges?

The weatherman speaks of both freezing rain and sleet. What exactly is the difference between those two?

Today, we're back to high 60s. Tomorrow in the 70s.

You know what they say about weather in Louisiana . . . if you don't like it, wait five minutes.

Photos compliments of KPLC-tv. (Because I sure wasn't outside taking any.)


Michelle Reeves said...

My mom told me that she learned the difference between sleet and freezing rain from a newscast over our "ice event" but didn't get to tell me.
I took advantage of my Sam's Plus membership and went before they opened to other members. I'm not thinking I'm going to keep the plus membership but it was nice to beat the crowd on Monday.

Common Household Mom said...

We've made it up to 45 degrees F today. It's a big relief. Ice storms are beautiful as long as you don't have to go anywhere in them.

Leah Pileggi said...

Love the picture of the decimated bread aisle!!! I bet the toilet paper aisle was the same.