January 28, 2014

Live Blog: Snowpocalypse Charleston!!!!!

11:25 a.m.

One more pic, just for fun. Zoe and I went for a walk with our neighbor (we tried to go for a walk IN the falling snow, but it stopped. Boo.), and I got this shot of one of our local ponds. It's so pretty and quiet when it's snowing. I love it.


8:26 a.m.


Zoe's thrilled. Dogs are...confused at best. But it's beautiful!


7:12 a.m.

Wow, it's been almost 12 hours since my last update. I got caught up with bedtime for the kiddo, the SOTU address, and, well, my own bedtime.

It was definitely nice knowing ahead of time that schools were closed today - I remember always waking up early on snow days to listen to the radio when I was a kid, holding my breath and waiting for the 1010 Wins announcer to say the Sayreville School District was closed.

This way was better. Zoe slept in until almost 7, and I lay in bed for quite some time listening to the sleet coming down. And it came down with a vengeance, at least for a little while.

Zoe and I went exploring out back after she woke up. Anything standing is frozen - grass, trees, plants, her swing set. I'll take some pictures later, once the sun's up. But the actual ground is sopping wet, with huge puddles throughout my backyard. I remember when I was a kid, praying for those snow days, my parents would often say, "It won't stick. The ground's too warm." I suppose that's what's going on here...and I suppose that's to be expected when it was 70 degrees and sunny on Monday. Of course the ground's too warm.

They say snow is on it's way. I can't wait to see it. My guess is the lawn will stay gross and wet, but the frozen things will look beautiful with a coating of white.

That said, the snow? It's gonna break all my pretty plants! Sigh.

Being a grown-up is way less fun than being a kid, isn't it?

Anyway, we're going to lay around and watch a movie for now...and hopefully make some snowballs later!! Pics to come!!


7:52 p.m.

People! We have ice!!!!


6:05 p.m.

OH! And this happened, today, here in Charleston. Jim Cantore FTW!!


5:56 p.m.

This is the most boring non-storm ever!


There are tacos in my house! And since there's no school tomorrow, it's like a weekend, right? So two glasses of wine, right? Totally two glasses of wine tonight.

This is what's going on here now, or at least an hour ago when I ran to Publix to pick up some firewood:

Lots of rain. Bluck.

And as it turned out, I wasn't the only one with the last-minute, stupid idea of running to Publix for firewood. They were fresh out.

The temperatures are dropping. See?

So things really may get interesting around here, as all that rain turns to ice. The predictions still say snow for later tonight/early tomorrow.

It better effing snow.

But in the meantime! There are tacos and wine!!!! And Charles just informed me our puppy likes bourbon! Just don't tell my sister-in-law Mary, okay??


2:01 p.m.

School's closed tomorrow! School's closed tomorrow! Charleston County schools are closed tomorrow!!!

But...still no snow. No rain. Now it's slated to start around 8 p.m.

Is it ever going to hit?

I feel like it's one of the days where you're waiting to see if a hurricane will hit, and it winds up turning north at the last minute it turns and hits somewhere else.

But we don't actually know that yet.

And the sky is still grey.

Most boring live blog EVER.

12:43 p.m.

School is closed for the rest of the day. I let my daughter bring a friend home so they're playing upstairs. I'm under direct orders to go get them THE MOMENT IT SNOWS OHMIGOSH THEY CAN'T MISS ANY OF IT!

I tried to tell them the time of the storm's advent appears to have been pushed back even farther (this morning it was supposed to hit around noon. Then three. Now six-ish.) but they don't want to hear it. Zoe's friend has NEVER seen snow, and Zoe wants to be there the first time he sees it.

So...cute stuff.

I hope they're not disappointed.

No word yet on school for tomorrow (though all bets are on it being canceled outright), but Zoe's football practice is definitely off. City recreational facilities are shut down for today and tomorrow.

I'm ready for some snow!!!


11:20 a.m.


It rained.

Just a little bit while I had the dogs outside. Maybe this is the beginning...of the end???


10:31 a.m.

Psst. You guys. It's cold outside. But there's no snow or rain yet.

So here's a puppy picture.

Upside-down Puppy

10:08 a.m. T-minus 1 hr 58 minutes until school's out for the day. There's a puppy snoring beside me, and nary a snowflake nor raindrop to report.

Does the Snowpocalypse Charleston 2014 have an official Storm Name (you know how they do these days)? If not, may I submit that we call it the Alfonso Ribiero, if only because I want an excuse to watch this video all day long.


9:25 a.m. T-minus 2 hrs 34 minutes until I have to pick up my child from school, and I just turned in my final freelance project of the week.

It's cold and blustery out. When I tried to walk the puppy this morning, he quite literally ran in circles around me, utterly baffled, it seemed, by the grey skies and wind. And the skies, they are indeed quite grey. Which is really only odd (it is winter, after all) when you consider that yesterday we were outside in jeans and t-shirts, playing with the puppy and the HOSE! It was 70 yesterday...today we're down into the 30s, supporting the saying that, if you don't like the weather in Charleston, wait thirty seconds for it to change.

Snow clouds? Maybe?

So. I love to pick on Charleston when the whole city shuts down over the mere threat of a wintery storm. The truth is, though, that we NEED to shut down when it snows. A bit of snow or ice on the roads wreaks havoc on our little city. I mean, I don't even own a snow shovel! Or rock salt for my sidewalks! If it gets too icy, I plan to throw a little Kosher salt outside and hope for the best! That'll work, right?

So yes. I kid. But as we batten down the hatches and prepare for sleet, freezing rain, and maybe even some snow, it makes sense.

Of course, now it just remains to be seen: will anything actually happen? Or will Snowpocalypse Charleston 2014 be a big, fat flop?

Only time will tell. Check back for updates!


Tina said...

We're making soup! And the hubby brought home rum! Our governor just declared a state of emergency for ALL of Georgia (ALL) so we're excited here! Just saw that a baby was born on I-285 in snowbound Atlanta, and it's a slip-slidey mess heading our way in the Boro.

But we have rum! We're practically tropical!

Leah said...

Rum!!! That's exactly what you need on a night like this! Excepting the fact that I don't like rum or else I'd hop in the car and drive on over!!! :D

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