Thursday, February 17, 2011
It was slick out there
It might surpass 70 degrees this week.
Those warmer temperatures in our little neck of the woods have never been so welcome.
If I heard it once last week, I’ve heard it 100 times.
“I’m sick of snow.”
Once again Wednesday afternoon and Thursday of last week, Marshall County was practically at a standstill.
It was our third significant snowfall of the winter.
Enough is enough.
I woke up Wednesday, banking on the forecasters. I helped Mr. Bill with a portion of his newspaper delivery route, hoping to get him to Byhalia and back before the roads got too bad. He made it just fine.
I told Mr. Claude he might want to start a bit sooner than normal.
“What, are you questioning my driving ability in this stuff?” he asked.
The next day he called and told me how much trouble he had navigating the South Reporter van from Hickory Flat to Ashland and beyond.
The newspaper must go through. And despite some not-so-good conditions, a dedicated staff managed to pull it off again.
Wednesday morning, while I stayed back, Pam drove to Grenada for our son’s high school basketball game, moved up to 12:45 p.m. in hopes of beating the biggest portion of the snow.
It started here about noon. It started in Grenada a bit later.
But by the time the game was over and Pam started home, snowfall was heavy and roads were dangerous.
I stayed in regular phone contact with my son Andy, one of four passengers in the Expedition.
Once on I-55 North, they slipped into the median, and luckily stopped before going into the southbound lane.
Good friend Jamie Rappa was not far behind. He pulled Pam’s vehicle out of the snow and mud and back onto the interstate. From there, she followed Jamie.
There were a couple of more slight slips along the way, but thank goodness they made it back safely.
It took them almost four hours to make a typical one-and-a-half-hour drive.
While anxiously waiting on them to arrive home Wednesday evening, Erin and I watched the very-slow-moving traffic behind our house on Highway 78. And at one point, due to an accident near the Holly Springs exit, it did not move in the eastbound lane for about an hour.
Exhausted and stressed, Pam and Andy exclaimed as they walked in the door, “We’ve never been so happy to be home.”
Thursday morning, I awoke and went for a walk in search of photos.
During that seven-inch snow back in January, I had my daughter’s four-wheel drive. But not this time. She’s at Southern Miss.
Thanks to Kip Barrier for picking me up Thursday in his four-wheel drive truck and giving me a ride to the office.
It was slick out there.
After lunch, with the melting underway, I was around town myself in the South Reporter van.
Cheers to all those street workers, highway department employees, emergency workers, policemen, tow truck operators and so on and so forth who were so busy during the latest winter blast. They work hard to make it safer for all of us.
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