It's four twenty one in the morning. I've already gone to bed twice tonight, but the wind and the sleet beating on the house are keeping me awake. This looks like a bad storm. Made a quick run to town for a few last minute items and just to get out. When we have freezing rain, it may be several days before I can get out after the storm passes.
I put the Jeep down at the hard surface road. It's a good walk from here but the sun will clear the roads after the storm. My trail down the mountain is always in shadow and it can stay iced over for a long while until the air heats up enough to melt it. That's about all the "preparation" I can do.
Stranger things happen.
Roads closed, but people go around the signs, get stuck, and have to be rescued. They know the weather is bad but they still drive out in it, in big luxury passenger cars. If I were the police I'd let them be. They got themselves into it, I'd let them get themselves out of it.
It anybody is moronic enough to be up on the Appalachian Trail tonight, they're history. I don't care how good a tent they have, this wind with freezing rain in it is brutal. I've got my GMRS base cycling through the frequencies and haven't heard anything, so maybe we got lucky this time and nobody will freeze up there.
I wish you could hear the wind outside. It sounds like a freight train. Doubtless the power will go out. I went out to test run my generator, no joy. That's the first time that's ever happened to me. I just ran it last week. But it's been sitting outside in near zero temps at night for five days now, and I think it's just too cold. Wouldn't start even with diesel starting fluid. I only have one generator. I can get by without it if the grid goes but it wont' be in the style I am accustomed to!
Well, the sun will be up in three hours. Then I'll go outside and see how things look.