Wednesday, January 28, 2009
We made it to Level 2 today!
No, I'm not referring to the next level on some video game. Unless you are from Ohio, you probably do not realize that as explained here, per Ohio Revised Code the County Sheriff issues a snow emergency alert based on travel conditions. I remember our first Christmas here, we got a snowstorm and were at a "Level 3"...we didn't think that sounded too bad (assuming it was on a scale of 5 or 10) and we had all day to travel to Pennsylvania so we went ahead and packed up the Aztek for our journey. Later we found out that "Level 3" is the highest Level emergency and we were not allowed to be out on the roads. (In our defense, the roads weren't the greatest but it had stopped snowing by the time that we left and we were driving very slowly and there were other cars out on the Interstate. They really need to offer some explanation for those of us "out-of-staters" when they issue an alert.) ........................................................................................ Well, today the roads were pretty bad, even in town. In fact, I had coworkers tell me that they were the worst in town. I didn't know if I would make it to work because of the piles of snow in the intersections left behind by the snow plow. They didn't plow our parking lot until after I left for work and along with all of the snow to drive through there was a layer of ice still from last week underneath the snow! Thanks to our kind neighbor who had a shovel, he and Mike helped me back the car out, shovel around it, go a little further, shovel around it when it got stuck again, go a little further, shovel around it when it got stuck again, until I got to the plowed out path across the parking lot. These pictures were taken about 5:30 pm (after it stopped snowing and after the parking lot was plowed out). You can see how high the snow is next to Mike's red Aztek where it was not plowed out. That's all since last evening. As you can see, it appears that some seminary students had a play day in the snow since classes were cancelled... So, although it wasn't the worst snowstorm (I can remember at least 3 others that were worse in the last 4 years), we made it to Level 2!