On January the 23rd, the National Weather Service began to advertise the possibility of a snow or ice event within a week’s time. At that juncture I began to pay a little more attention and as the days unfolded, the possibility became more and more a certainty. That doesn’t mean they have a clue as to what will actually transpire. Nature is fickle that way!
However, being that I am a weather nut, the much advertised storm that is expected to hit the area in which I live has grabbed my attention. I have even decided to make a short movie for You Tube after this event has come and gone. The latest wording from the weather service indicates that most of the icing will stay to the south of the Missouri and Arkansas border. I think I will disagree with this assessment. There will be a distinct period of time when the atmosphere will warm as this system gets closer. I am betting the ice problem will extend a bit further north that the weather service would like to indicate and we might see some problems develop in the Forsyth and Branson communities by early to mid evening.
I am writing this entry on Thursday, January the 28th and have been out collected pictures and footage for use later in the video. One of the more interesting locations was the local grocery store where lines began forming at the checkout counter yesterday afternoon. I’ve never understood why people go so crazy in the store when they think it’s going to snow. At most, the roads will be impassable for a day or so. No biggie. But, caving in to the herd instinct, I also joined the masses in a mindless search for chips and beer with which to ride out the storm.
Here in southwest Missouri, the only thing I really worry about in terms of wintery precipitation is ice! Due to our geographical location it is not unusual to be directly beneath the arrival of warm moist gulf air and a cold arctic front. That often spells trouble in the form of an ice storm and poor Arkansas often gets the worst of it. That is also apparently going to be the case this time around if the latest forecast bears fruit. Yes sir, ice can completely shut down an area by making roads treacherous and by bringing down power lines. Just a year ago, a similar storm caused power outages for hundreds of thousands of people. Some were without power for a week or more and that bites the big one. My little town, Forsyth, has been lucky on two occasions now when ice storms have struck to our north and to our south. Last year we came close to major problems as my video report that appeared last year on CNN shows. Could our luck be running out perhaps? Stay tuned for my follow up blog on Friday or Saturday.