Snow

Winter Storm Warning

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOUNT HOLLY NJ
412 PM EST FRI DEC 18 2009

...HEAVY SNOW AND GUSTY WINDS TO AFFECT THE AREA LATE TONIGHT
THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT...

.AN AREA OF LOW PRESSURE IN NORTHERN FLORIDA EARLY THIS EVENING WILL
MOVE TO THE NORTH CAROLINA COAST BY SATURDAY MORNING. IT WILL THEN
MOVE NORTHEASTWARD TO THE CANADIAN MARITIMES SUNDAY. THIS STORM
WILL PRODUCE A SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL ACROSS THE REGION, AND GUSTY
WINDS WILL PRODUCE AREAS OF BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.

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191000-
/O.CON.KPHI.WS.W.0006.091219T0600Z-091220T1100Z/
NEW CASTLE-KENT-INLAND SUSSEX-DELAWARE BEACHES-CECIL-KENT MD-
QUEEN ANNES-TALBOT-CAROLINE-HUNTERDON-SOMERSET-MIDDLESEX-
WESTERN MONMOUTH-EASTERN MONMOUTH-MERCER-SALEM-GLOUCESTER-CAMDEN-
NORTHWESTERN BURLINGTON-OCEAN-CUMBERLAND-ATLANTIC-CAPE MAY-
ATLANTIC COASTAL CAPE MAY-COASTAL ATLANTIC-COASTAL OCEAN-
SOUTHEASTERN BURLINGTON-CHESTER-MONTGOMERY-BUCKS-DELAWARE-
PHILADELPHIA-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...WILMINGTON...DOVER...GEORGETOWN...
REHOBOTH BEACH...ELKTON...CHESTERTOWN...CENTREVILLE...EASTON...
DENTON...FLEMINGTON...SOMERVILLE...NEW BRUNSWICK...FREEHOLD...
SANDY HOOK...TRENTON...PENNSVILLE...GLASSBORO...CAMDEN...
CHERRY HILL...MOORESTOWN...MOUNT HOLLY...JACKSON...MILLVILLE...
HAMMONTON...CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE...OCEAN CITY...ATLANTIC CITY...
LONG BEACH ISLAND...WHARTON STATE FOREST...WEST CHESTER...
NORRISTOWN...DOYLESTOWN...MEDIA...PHILADELPHIA
412 PM EST FRI DEC 18 2009

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM SATURDAY TO
6 AM EST SUNDAY...

A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM SATURDAY TO
6 AM EST SUNDAY.

SNOW IS EXPECTED TO OVERSPREAD THE AREA FROM SOUTH TO NORTH
EARLY SATURDAY MORNING. THE SNOW WILL BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES
SATURDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT BEFORE TAPERING OFF SUNDAY MORNING.
A STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL OF 8 TO 14 INCHES IS EXPECTED BY THE TIME
THIS STORM ENDS. THE SNOW WILL MIX WITH RAIN AT TIMES RIGHT ALONG
THE COAST, WHICH WILL TEND TO HOLD THE SNOW AMOUNTS DOWN FOR A
TIME. A CHANGE IN THE TRACK OF THE STORM HOWEVER WILL ALTER THE
SNOWFALL AMOUNTS.

THE SNOW, HEAVY AT TIMES, COMBINED WITH NORTHEAST TO NORTH WINDS
OF 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS 30 TO 40 MPH WILL PRODUCE AREAS OF
BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW. WIND GUSTS CLOSER TO AND AT THE COAST
COULD GUST UP TO 50 MPH AT TIMES DURING THE HEIGHT OF THE STORM.
THE ACCUMULATING SNOW, STRONG WINDS AND COLD TEMPERATURES WILL
CAUSE DANGEROUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS SATURDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT WITH
GREATLY REDUCED VISIBILITIES.

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW, SLEET,
OR ICE ARE EXPECTED. STRONG WINDS ARE ANTICIPATED. THIS WILL MAKE
TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.

12:30 AM the snow started... it is accumulating on the walk.

I'm a little nervous... the first major snow without John is
starting. I've been through a lot... Can I make it through this
as well?

I'm thankful for John's foresight to have the generator installed.
It was something he insisted on. I was worried about the cost. John
wanted peace of mind and he worried about the boy if we lost power in
temperature extremes.

John liked the snow. I'll treasure memories of the two of us playing
in the snow and going on walks. We found the critter highway by the
woods. I'll remember the look on Tiny's face when he threw a snow ball at her in a snowball "fight."
She didn't understand and gave him a look like... "I don't like you're game."
I'll remember how in the last big snow he fashioned a pathway so I could get
the horses taken care of. I remember him on the John Deere working to clear the
drive.

I remember him sharing the story about how CFCRS got the Amish lady who was in
labor to the hospital when we had a ton of snow and nobody else could get out.
They had a snow plow and the brush truck to escort the ambulance to the PA line.
At the PA line a PA snow plow took over and they continued the journey and got
her safely to the hospital. I believe the patient was in PA.

I'm a little worried about the amount of snow. I hope I'll be able to get the
horses taken care of without too much problems. The wheelbarrow doesn't work well
in heavy snow... I don't have a sled. A lot of carrying in deep snow... not the
easiest task... lol...

I'm sad that I probably won't be able to make it up to Brookview. I've grown
accustomed to my daily visits to the cemetery and they give me peace.

I'm hoping that kiddo and I will not drive each other crazy if we're trapped in
the house!!! There are times where he just needs to get out!

I hope I have enough food and grain. Hopefully, we're not stuck too long!

I had our neighbor take a look at the John Deere... it started fine and is
running well. No water in the fuel... that's good! The tire-- that Atlantic Tractor
couldn't find a leak in-- was flat, so as of this evening it was inflated. It's a very
slow leak, so hopefully it will be good to go. I'm hoping our neighbor will
plow with it. I'm not good with the tractor. I'll have more gravel and turf, than snow,
picked up...

Wish us luck...

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About Mary K. Smith

I was widowed in July 2009, when I lost my beloved husband, John, to melanoma. Cancer SUCKS. We have a young son who was just a year old when his father died. I live on a small farm in Maryland which is home to horses, cats, and a dog. I started this blog as a way for me to heal, a way to remember my husband, and eventually I'd like to share it with our son so he can see the love that his father had for him, the love that we had for each other, what a great person his father was, and how hard his father fought to live.
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