Tuesday morning it started snowing up here and it didn't stop. It snowed all night. Temperatures fell down to 2 degrees above on my porch.
There's almost a foot of snow around my place. Nothing is moving, and there's no sound because the snow deadens sound. I went down to the road on foot today. Just animal tracks, no signs of humans at all. No tire tracks on the old forest service road, no tire tracks on the county road. No sign of the county doing anything about snow removal or cindering, or anything. Even with four wheel drive, it would be hard to get into town and without it I think it would be impossible.
Here's another dead give away a storm is coming. If the wind is coming from the West, there are no clouds in the sky, and sunrise gives you a deepening blue sky, you had better watch out. I don't know any witty little rhymes about it but for our location it's true.
Apparently Atlanta got it good. I hear people were abandoning their cars on the freeway and just walking off. Officialdom came through as usual, in the face of overwhelming evidence it was going to be a bad storm they made the schools open and government employees had to come in. As a result, lots of kids got stuck at the schools and spent the night there. God help those teachers. Since it sometimes seems that no one lives in Atlanta but government employees, those hordes got stuck in traffic on the freeway and had nowhere to go.
I'm snowbound here. I put the Jeep down at the foot of the mountain, but the old forest service road is ice and not navigable. Even if I got out to the hard surface road, it's just sheet ice. A layer of snow, with a layer of frozen rain on top of it, with another layer of snow on top of that.
I'm comfortable, I just can't go anywhere, nor can anyone get in here. If I go out to feed the dogs, and fall on the ice, that's the end of me. No "first alert button" and "Help, I've fallen and I can't get up" in a whiny tone here.
I have been cooking giant stock pots full of rice for the outside animals. I put canned dog food, dry dog food, canned cat food, dry cat food, Crisco, bacon fat, and everything else that comes to hand in the rice. In this weather, I think perhaps hot food is essential. They seem to like it a lot better than just food out of cans or bags.