Thursday, January 26, 2012
We are awaiting another potential ice storm again. This kind of weather is the most dangerous in New England -- kind of the equivalent to tornadoes or hurricanes in other parts of the country. For those of you who have never been in a ice storm, it is when the weather is too warm to snow, but too cold to rain. We get what is called freezing rain. This differs from snow in that when it hits the ground, it ices anything it touches. This means the roads get treacherous and slippery, tree branches freeze and down trees and power lines. Many people lose electricity and because of the downed trees and bad road conditions, repair crews can't perform service. With each ice forecast, New Englanders hold their breaths and wait, hoping for the best.
Meanwhile, we prepare for the worst. We stock our woodpiles and bring wood indoors. We gather enough groceries to last a few days and wash laundry, so we have enough to last a few days.
After the storm, we empty the fireplaces of ash, clear downed branches and trees and re-sand the driveway if needed.
Lately, we have had 3 of these storm warnings in the last week! This could go on until March... or later.