When Did The Weather Go South?
Simply by driving a few hundred miles south of my home, I indeed escaped the inevitably miserable gloom and cold of the Chicago winter – and exchanged it for a winter storm in southern Missouri. That bruised-looking area on the map above represents the area now covered by a mix of ice and snow. The epicenter of that demarcated region is, of course, my mother’s home a few miles north of the Arkansas border.
The punchline of the all caps report from the National Weather Service follows:
SNOW AND SLEET ACCUMULATION… A COMBINED SNOW AND SLEET ACCUMULATION OF 4 TO 8 INCHES IS EXPECTED BY THIS EVENING. THE HIGHEST SNOW ACCUMULATION IS EXPECTED IN COUNTIES ALONG THE ARKANSAS STATE LINE.
The other fun phrase from the same bulletin is
[THE STORM] WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE
This is not to imply that the climate in Chicagoland has shifted into that of a tropical paradise. Indeed, unless one has a taste for dining al fresco in temperatures that hover playfully around the zero mark, the weather back home is no picnic either.
In any case, you might want to get the St Bernards ready (topping off those brandy barrels haning around their necks would be especially appreciated).