Usually, when a school district I work at calls a snow day, I'm not very convinced it's necessary, unless it's a "cold day."
You know of course that when I was young, I had to ride my bike in snowstorms to school or trudge on wooden skis across the barren tundra. And it was uphill both ways in four-foot drifts.
At least that's what I remember when I was on the school bus.
But this morning, I look out on the city of Milwaukee that is paralyzed. And we didn't get the worst of it, that coming in Racine and Kenosha counties to the south of us.
There are Facebook reports of friends around the area who can't get out of their houses because the wind has driven snow drifts too high to open the door. Motorists are stuck on an "impassable" Interstate 94. Wind gusts of 60 miles an hour continue to blow the 16-20 inches of snow that's dropped since Tuesday.
Drifts four to five feet high cover everything I can see. And more snow is coming. I don't even want to look at my alley. I'm a little worried I won't be able to get out even tomorrow!
Even though I know it's possible, I can't get over a blizzard with thunder and lightning, as reported by the weather channel in Chicago. A cyclone is about to hit Australia. More severe weather has hit and is expected throughout the country.
With all the snow, people say "what about global warming?" It's the gradual heating up of the planet that is likely causing this kind of severe climate change and weather events.
Regardless of what you believe in the face of a lot of science, climate change has been evident the past few years with significant weather events. In many ways, it's scary. To me, a person with a too-wild imagination, it can ONLY mean, of course, a precursor to the end of the world.
I wish I had some snowshoes today when I venture out to view the city and take some photos. I'll probably use my skis to get around.
And if this blizzard is called the "Storm of the Century," it is indeed worthy of a snow day.