Saturday, November 27, 2010

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

The blizzard of 2010! With a set of bald tires that Mommy procrastinated replacing, she was thrilled to hear that there was a blizzard warning today in Utah. My parents have lived in Utah most of their lives and can't remember ever hearing a blizzard warning. The newscasters were in a frenzy this morning discussing the dire predictions for the evening commute. Apparently, between the hours of 3-6 pm the storm would roll into the Salt Lake Valley at 50-60 mph with 4-5 inches of snow at a high temp below freezing. Super!

The University of Utah (school not hospital) closed the campus at 2 pm as a precaution as did other colleges around Utah. Most school districts cancelled after school activities and some cancelled school the next day. Many businesses started sending employees home as well. Mommy's department (University of Utah hospital not school) decided to follow suit and allow employees to leave early to beat the storm if they wanted. Mommy had already planned on leaving a little after 2 pm as I had a 3 pm therapy appointment. She was a little nervous during the hour I was in therapy (no windows so she wasn't sure if she would be snowed in by the time we were done) but she was pleasantly surprised to find nothing had much changed in an hour and home we went. When Daddy called a little after 5 pm he said the skies were very dark and forboding and Mommy was glad he was headed home. Around the time he pulled in, the snow began to fall. After a few hours it became clear that the blizzard of 2010 was not all it was forecasted to be. There were no winds to speak of and it only dumped an inch or two. It was dang cold though - so they did get something right!

Peyton Nicole Smith

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