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As explained earlier today: SNOWPOCALYPSE 2011 OMG. Well, I've still got internet and electricity, although my sister's already run into some road trouble. Let's have a breakdown of reports from around Twitter:

@BreakingNews: State of emergency declared in Alabama; up to 10" of snow predicted in some areas - Times-Journal http://bit.ly/i0YjcV

This was sometime around 2 pm, mind you, before flake #1 had come out of the sky. The sleet started coming down here around 3:30.

@randomisjen: @cleolinda Schools in North AL are already closing

@randomisjen: @cleolinda All flights ( inbound/outbound) from Huntsville Int. airport are being canceled

@cleolinda: Apparently I-65 is now closed.

@spann: Multiple accidents now reported on I-65 in downtown Birmingham #alwx #bham

@KaraKennedy: From Homewood Police Dept: Hwy 31 is closed and the interstate is closed. Travel not advised #alwx

@Salome: UAB is cancelling classes and suspending university business operations for Monday, Jan. 10, 2011.

@BreakingNews: Auburn University cancels classes, BCS viewing parties ahead of storm - Auburn.edu http://bit.ly/i8z4UL

There's an Auburn (national?) championship game of some sort tomorrow night (this is why I have trouble fitting in, y'all), and if either the power or the cable goes out and people can't watch it? There will be bloodshed. People already call up and curse the news stations out whenever Severe Weather Warnings interrupt televised games. If they can't see a national championship, there will be civil unrest. You think I am kidding and I am really kind of not.


@BreakingNews: Delta Airlines expects 1,400 cancellations Monday as storm disrupts travel in the South - NBC News

@BreakingNews: Snow falling steadily in Atlanta; widespread school closings announced - ajc.com  

@doctoraicha: We've had 2 inches in an hour. Up to four RIGHT NOW. Since 7pm. #snowpoaclypse Atlanta.

@BreakingNews: Wrecks have blocked large sections of highways in the Atlanta region - ajc.com http://bit.ly/eHQUBe


@alabamapower: Favorite this Tweet: If your power goes out , call 1-800-888-2726. http://bit.ly/ejwQBn #ALwx #bham

I'm not entirely sure what the "wx" in that hashtag stands for.

@bhamterminal: City of #bham is closed tomorrow #alwx

The whole thing? You can just... do that? Huh.


@cleolinda: I'm trying to be as ridiculous as possible about this to ward off it actually happening. #magicalthinking

@particle_person: @cleolinda Well if you're expecting 10 inches and you only get 2, I'm not even going to resist the she-said jokes.


Meanwhile, foresthouse eagerly took up her duties as Official Emergency Representative:

@foresthouse: NOT YET :D RT @cleolinda If for some reason I can't communicate any other way, @foresthouse will be in charge of DID CLEO FREEZE OMG updates

@foresthouse: SHE ATE A POPSICLE, THOUGH. #didcleofreezeomgupdates (@cleolinda: you should never have given me this responsibility. HEE.)

@foresthouse: I HEAR SHE HAS A FIREPLACE SO SHE PROBABLY WON'T GET FROSTBITE. PROBABLY. #didcleofreezeomgupdates 

@cleolinda: @foresthouse WE DON'T EVEN HAVE ANY SNOW YET! 

@NoelCT: @foresthouse It's good that @cleolinda has a fireplace. But if she runs out of wood, will she sacrifice her dolls for warmth?

@cleolinda: @foresthouse @NoelCT Don't give Anna any ideas.

@Eviey: @foresthouse So... #didcleofreezeyetomgupdates?

@foresthouse: NOT YET WOOHOO. BUT THERE MAY BE RIOTS. http://bit.ly/i2DQ82

@cleolinda: Aaaaaand the hail begins.

@cleolinda: It's like a fine sleet at the moment. But earlier than we expected.

@foresthouse: ALABAMA HAS ACHIEVED: SLEET. ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED: "FALLEN ICE" (ambush your opponents) #didcleofreeezeyetomgupdates

@foresthouse: .@CLEOLINDA IS PREPARING FOR: THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW. GOAL #1: GET ARCTIC TRUCK. (http://tinyurl.com/25m2zug) #didcleofreezeyetomgupdates

@foresthouse: .@CLEOLINDA'S SISTER GIRL GOT STUCK IN ICE. JOKE ABOUT NEEDING ARCTIC TRUCK NOT SO FUNNY NOW, ALTHOUGH MORE APT. #didcleofreezeyetomgupdates

Apparently the ice was bad up on the mountain and there were about eight cars pulled over, unable to go any further. Sister Girl is at her place now (according to texts she sent to Mom), although I'm not sure whether she was able to get back in her car and drive, or if she had to walk the rest of the way home.

@foresthouse: WELL NOW YOU'VE SAID IT... RT @Eviey I hope wolves don't escape from the zoo while Cleo needs to go get penicillin off a Russian freighter.

@cleolinda: @foresthouse @Eviey Happily, I'm allergic to penicillin. Possibly also to freighters.


@emokidsloveme: Because it's ice. RT @cleolinda: It really is. RT @Kate_Hart: This snow is very sparkly. It looks like my deck has been glittered.

@cleolinda: @emokidsloveme I was about to say, yeah. I've been listening to it hit the windows and the roof for hours.

@emokidsloveme: @cleolinda Yeah that's ice, not snow, that's why it sparkles. HAHAHAHAHA!

I'm just gonna stand back and let the jokes roll in.



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I'm in GA, and OMG SNOW. SO MUCH SNOW. Haven't seen this much since the '93 Blizzard.

accurate icon is accurate.

I'm the randomisjen above and I must second this: If they can't see a national championship, there will be civil unrest. You think I am kidding and I am really kind of not.

She really isn't kidding. There will be riots in the snow, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria!

My sister and her husband both graduated from Auburn. They named their firstborn child after Auburn. They will be LEADING the riots.

....Well, they WOULD be leading the riots, if they weren't out of state right now to go SEE the game.

Makes me glad the only games I'm interested in following are made by Nintendo.

just got off the phone with my parents in Huntsville--they've already had an inch of snow in the last hour.

WHY AM I NOT HOME FOR THIS.

Mom also just emailed to say it's thundering and lightninging while snowing.

RIDONK.

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OMG I am IN a Cleolinda post.

*dies*

Also, in my defense-- we really do have snow and not ice here. This is me resisting the urge to yell "I CAN READ, TREBECK."

And I already got the requisite Team Jasper jokes in response. So you know. There's that.

I think we've moved from ice to snow, but it has a very frosty (as opposed to fluffy or slushy) quality.

It's like I don't even have to make the jokes anymore. You just set 'em up and... step back.

A hopefully helpful (or at least informative) fact regarding closing a city: I have friends who live in Columbus, OH. When they declare a snow emergency, the city is closed--it is ILLEGAL to be out on the road for any non-emergency reason.

Jim Cantore has been tweeting prolifically about how dangerous this ice is for travelers.

Wait, I thought he was doing the Today show stuff?

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I'm in NC, and reading this feels like looking into the future, because the radar maps show this storm heading for us tomorrow.

Stay warm, and I'm glad Sister Girl got home safe!

As far as Auburn: yes, it's the collegiate football National Championship game tomorrow, and there is definitely rioting going on. Some of my friends who couldn't get tickets to the actual game in Arizona were planning on going down to Auburn to watch the game there with all the fans, and them closing the game watches at the Arena and the student center has made people livid, especially those who live on campus and were planning on walking to those buildings anyway. ...No I do not have a little brother on campus, what?

ohhhhh southern football, hooray

(war eagle!)

BUT THE AUBURN GAME IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN THE WORLD

We're in Tennessee, but my dad is an Auburn grad - he was going over the worst-case scenarios with my mother. "If the power and the direct TV goes out, the only problem will be if I can't get safely over to Hooters to watch the game. Then we'll have to try battery-powered radio."

I hope you don't lose power! It just started snowing here in TN. Right now it's just teeny, tiny snowflakes.

I got water for the pets and water for the toilet prepared JIC. We have plenty of soda, milk and juice for ourselves if the power goes out, which my mom doesn't think it will since we probably won't get much ice up here. I need to call my bff in the morning, though. She's in Madison, AL. Hopefully her husband doesn't have to work, but it's likely he will because he's an electrical engineer for TVA. I hope my sister doesn't have to work. She's in North GA and is assistant manager at a gas station Subway.

I have nothing to do tomorrow but read since the uni is closed.

I am in Madison! It is thundersnowing right now, which is WEIRD. But it is beautiful, we measured and we have at least an inch already.

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Weather reports probably shouldn't be this amusing. Thank you. And be safe.

My husband just flew into SE Georgia; it's clear where he is, but his flight into Dallas hit the edge of storm as it was moving east and had a hard landing. The connecting flight to JAX was on the ground for an hour dealing with de-icing and then flew right into the heart of the thing for part of the trip; he said flying through it was almost as bad as when we were on a flight passing through the outer bands of Katrina. Daunting stuff.

And I will confirm the rioting about restricted game viewing. College football: SRS BZNS.

...You and your husband, you have a habit of accidentally flying past giant storms?

I know that you are absolutely not kidding about the football and the civil unrest. The football fans of your state are unhinged. I don't think Auburn-Alabama is the greatest rivalry in sports, but it is definitely the craziest. Also trashiest. It incites familicide in trailer parks -- isn't that the definition of trashy?

Up here in Huntsville, it is falling fast! But they have not completely closed Redstone Arsenal. They are enacting their Liberal Leave Policy where if you have vacation time, you can use it, which I think kinda blows. Who wants to use up all their vaca on snow days?

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Have you seen this one?

http://youthoughtwewouldntnotice.com/blog3/?p=1701

We were fairly shocked at the rather blatant nature of the copy and it seems like Emily probably appeals to lots of your readers- who might also like to know about the original art.

I called my parents in T-town earlier today, and they're getting the ice BAD. I'm glad neither of them has anywhere to go tomorrow! Earlier today, my friend Justin was getting harassed at his job at Home Depot for daring to have sold out of generators and kerosene.

Also, ABC 33/40 just featured this AMAZING photo on their website. In case you've ever wondered what people do with all that emergency bread and milk? This is it:


Oh, that is entirely awesome. Thank you for posting it!

And it's sticking! I say we have a quarter inch on the deck, but it's barely covering the yard right now. It's coming down hard, though.

Whereas, in Waco, it's gone up a degree- from 34F to 35F. I DO NOT UNDERSTAND THIS WEATHER. I'd actually be happy to have everything shut down tomorrow, as I'm not really wanting to start second semester quite yet.

I know what you're talking about with the snowpocolypse, though. Last year we got 3 inches, none of it on the roads, and they closed the entire campus and canceled 8 am classes the next day. Texas. We do not know how to handle stuff falling from the sky.

Texas. We do not know how to handle stuff falling from the sky.

THIS.

Now is the time for the best snow treat of all: grab some maple syrup, warm it up to near boiling and then take it outside and pour it over snow.

OM NOM NOM DELICIOUS.

Tried that once (I'm in the South) and basically got maple-syrupy-snow. I think you need to start with a lot more cold. lol

Oh gods... I was hoping that the Oregon/Auburn thing was over the weekend so it'd be done by the time the work week began.

Well, this means that at least two of my coworkers will be unable to think, let alone talk, about anything else tomorrow.

("Oh, grey duck... is that because you went to--" "NO. And I'm not into sports.")

Back on topic: Good luck with your snowpocalypse! Ours is scheduled for Tuesday night. Bwahahahaha.

I'm slightly above ATL, and the tv is telling me that we're getting more snow while 30 minutes away in the city they're getting iced to oblivion. ;A;

Also, apparently, a snow/ice storm also means 'Oh God, oh God, get all the white bread, skim milk, and Dean's french onion dip you can lay your hands on!!!'. All I wanted was some damn french onion dip. |:

Florence is experiencing pretty epic amounts of snow. I was just excited to see that the snow that had fallen by 11 was taller than the width of my Droid (and I even stuck my phone down in the snow just to take a picture of that, lmao).

Also, somewhere in the TN Valley, according to the twitter of WAFF-48, the Huntsville NBC affiliate, scanner reports indicated that motorists were doing donuts in the middle of the road...and the police were not amused. I was when I saw the tweet, though.

I think tomorrow may be an opportune snowman building day.

I am so, so sorry that I cannot help myself.

...Well, okay, not all THAT sorry. :D :D :D

(After all, as we all know, with great power, comes great silliness.)

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Any idea why that is? I'd never come across that abbreviation before I started working with meteorologists, and none of them could give me an answer.

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@foresthouse: ALABAMA HAS ACHIEVED: SLEET. ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED: "FALLEN ICE" (ambush your opponents) #didcleofreeezeyetomgupdates
Hee, awesome.

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