A few days ago, it suddenly turned warm. Several 50 degree days and lots of rain completely wiped out all the snow. Today it was cooler, but still not bad. We were all about 45 minutes away from home, in a couple different directions, and it began to snow. And it SNOWED. We saw the first few flakes as we started home, and by the time we made a quick stop, then hit the freeway, visibility was zero. That is the most awful, disorienting feeling. I crept along, feeling for the rumble strips, trying to catch a glimpse of the lines on the road. Very soon, that wasn’t an option, since they were covered with snow, and an occasional glimpse of a reflector or sign was our only guide. Had there been ANYWHERE to stop, I would have, but sitting beside a deserted freeway all night didn’t seem very attractive. After a (seemingly) very long time of driving like that (probably 20 minutes) the snow let up a bit, so that we could see more than 3 feet in front of us. That’s when I found out that the roads were slick, too. Extremely slick. After a rather spectacular one-eighty which included a near-miss with an overpass, I settled for 20-25 mph the rest of the way home. Knowing that my beloved husband was driving somewhere ahead of me and that my daughter was driving an hour or so away was not particularly comforting, either. We made it home, though I did get stuck at the end of the driveway. It was just so slick, I couldn’t get it to go either forward or back. Dh came out and drove it in for me (why do vehicles seem to obey him better, anyway? ) A little while ago dd got home, too, so I am thankful. God is good. I certainly threw a lot of prayers at Him tonight.
But this weather is just plain weird! As we were arriving home, we saw lightning. Have you EVER heard of a snowstorm with lightning? And all these freaky tornadoes in January–what in the world is going on? I’ve heard one theory (an interesting one.) What’s yours?