posted on Feb, 2 2011 @ 04:55 PM
Fort Worth, Texas here. We didn't have too much snow (maybe 4 inches) but we did have plenty of ice. I don't know how much, but it was enough to
pretty much shut half of everything down, including a lot of resturants. I think every school (or just about every school) is closed, and has been
since Tuesday. It isn't supposed to get over freezing until Friday afternoon, so the odds are good schools will be closed through Friday because the
ice isn't able to melt.
It started Monday night as rain, then turned to Thundersleet, then snow. I've been through rain then sleet, or sleet then snow, but never
rain-sleet-snow. That was really weird. It lasted a good 5-6 hours. Today we've had wind chills below 0F, and the low tomorrow is supposed to be 11F.
They said on TV that this is the coldest it has been here in 15 years. I've lived here my entire life, and I've never seen this much ice or it this
cold. There's a chance for more snow on Friday. Oh joy.
We've also had rolling blackouts because the power companies are having trouble keeping up with the demand because some of their plants were knocked
out by the ice. Most of my friends have experienced several blackouts, usually last 2-3 hours. I know a lot of the hospitals are having trouble coping
with it, too, even though they're supposed to be exempt from things like this.
The Superbowl is supposed to take place in Arlington (so close its pretty much the same city) on Sunday, so of course the main thing the news stations
are worried about is the events/radio broadcasts that have had to be canceled because they were set to take place outside. I guess its a good thing
that, as of now, its supposed to be near 60F on Sunday, otherwise people might have to make the difficult decision of whether they want to stay
inside, or risk possible injury and go to their precious football game.