After a long, semi-sleepless night,
after the stress and panic,
I ended up working from home on my first
day back from vacation!
This photo from KMOV news.
We had very little snow afterall; however,
it was slick and caused traffic problems all over.
We live in a subdivision made up of several wooded lots.
The road maintenance is up to us, four wheelers and tractors.
Our place is on the top of the ridge.
While there was only an inch or two of snow by us,
more depending on what area you were in,
it didn't stop until 6 AM so road crews in town
were still working. After giving it a lot of thought,
and knowing it was my first day back at work since Dec 19 ,
I made the decision to drive in, taking the Jeep instead
of my car. I went down our hill in 4-low, inching without
braking which seemed to take hours but more like five minutes.
The small county road we live off was nearly pristine.
The blanket of snow was interrupted by only one set of
tire tracks and several areas of animal tracks.
I made it to the next county road which was in a similar condition.
By the time I reached the larger road I heard that the
highway had been shut down.
I was still 20 miles from the highway and with these road conditions
I didn't have any alternatives, being our back roads are
hilly, curvy and mostly without shoulders should you start to slide.
As it turned out, a tractor trailer jackknifed and the highway
was expected to be closed for a couple of hours still.
This area is still 30 minutes or so away from my office
in good weather, much longer in bad.
The backup was five miles long!
I turned around and made my way back home,
logged into work and sent e-mails saying I was working from home.
Thankfully, I changed departments and this is an option.
Today there are concerns of refreezing but so far
I have not heard of any problems reported on the news
so off I will go. We're getting up to six inches again
Saturday night into Sunday. We'll have Taylor with us
and I'm sure she will want to sled.
I'll start panicking again Sunday night.
I hate snow.
I hate driving in snow, especially an hour to work!
To all of you receiving even worse weather, be safe!
Keep blankets, extra clothing, something to eat and drink
in your car. I also have a sleeping bag in the Jeep,
you never know how long you will be stuck.
Happy New Year.