Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!

Phyl CampbellStarred Page By Phyl Campbell, 7th Dec 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2t0nvw6-/
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Some people were sad about canceled events, but overall people were happy for their snow days.

A 30 year first!

For the first time in over 30 years, "the big four" school districts in the northwest Arkansas area cancelled school for inclement weather – before a single snowflake or ice crystal had fallen. Officials were prepared to have egg on their faces after some previous years of holding class and having to let out early, resulting in some stranded children and some buses that slid off untreated roads. “A situation like we may face in the morning: we may be able to get them there, but the question will be can we get them home safely in the afternoon?” said Alan Wilbourn, public information officer for Fayetteville School District on Wednesday evening. Springdale School District's communications director Rick Schaeffer said Thursday morning, “It is almost impossible to cancel school after you’ve started school."

Parents were convinced that because school was canceled, the promised snow and ice would not accumulate. Children were glad to have a day off from school, but were curious that there was no snow outside to play in.

It began with sleet

Then around 10:30 AM, it started to sleet. The temperature dropped drastically. Still not enough to justify school cancellation, but enough to send a frenzy of people to the grocery store for emergency supplies like bread, eggs, milk – even alcohol. Grocery stores turned into reunions comprised of teachers and parents out of school on unexpected holiday.

By five, the sleet was coming down in sheets. Snow was starting to mix in with the sleet. Roads were becoming dangerous. Friday's school day was cancelled, hours earlier than ever before. By ten, the sleet was turning to snow.

Road conditions

People from northern states laugh about the way southerners don't deal well with snow. Those who hail from the north and live here now still get out, laughing at the follies of the natives. However, southern areas do not have the resources of the north for dealing with snow and ice covered roads.

Arkansas State Police reported over 20 collisions on Thursday afternoon alone. Major roadways that would normally be congested with cars held only a handful all day Friday.

Cancelations

Major events were canceled, such as the Jimmy Buffett concert at the Verizon Arena in Little Rock. Michael Marion, general manager of Verizon Arena, said, "I've spoken personally to the Arkansas Highway Department, our local meteorologists and have read all of the reports and the conditions for this weekend are simply prohibitive for us to host Jimmy Buffett tomorrow night. We regret we have had to cancel the concert, but our patrons' safety is always first and foremost."

Some are upset about their canceled events, but most are posting plenty pictures of snow. The majority consensus seems to be, "let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!"

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Cancelations, Ice, School Closure, Sleet, Snow, Winter Weather

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
7th Dec 2013 (#)

so sorry for the harm but love the snow...its Christmas!!! blessings to you Phyl...sharing

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
7th Dec 2013 (#)

Thanks for the star, Mark, and the blessings, Carolina. Me and mine have stayed indoors today. We just had a 4 days weekend with the Thanksgiving holiday, but won't turn down another!!

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
7th Dec 2013 (#)

Nice post but currently in Portland our temps are around the 11 degrees, brrr

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
7th Dec 2013 (#)

Brrr, indeed!!

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
7th Dec 2013 (#)

But as many locals around here would ask -- did you have 70 degree temps within 7 days of today? Because that kind of drastic back and forth is typical of our area, and yet still catches us off guard!!

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author avatar joyalariwo
7th Dec 2013 (#)

Nice post Phyl, love the snow too.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
7th Dec 2013 (#)

Phyl, a snow day can give everybody a break: students, teachers, parents, etc. I agree Let it snow. Sharing now.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
7th Dec 2013 (#)

I love the snow too, Phyl. Reminds me of my childhood down on the farm when snow drifts regularly reached all the way up to the eaves on our old farmhouse. But there is another side to this story.

Yesterday it was 5 below zero when I woke up at 7 A.M.. Today it's a balmy 2 degrees above zero as I write this. The cold doesn't bother me but then I have a heated home and a warm bed to sleep in, but the homeless aren't so lucky. We have a large homeless population here in the Springs and we just don't have enough shelter beds to get them all off the streets. Even the Springs Police Department Operations Center have opened their lobby to them letting them sleep in chairs. Still people are freezing to death on the streets at night--three of them this past week alone. People will take in a stray cat or dog out of the cold but they will not give a homeless person shelter from the cold, not even for one night. There really is something desperately wrong with this picture. I will be writing on the homeless if I ever get the time. Right now I'm working with a ministry that is actively trying to help them get off the street.

Sorry for the long comment, but remember what Jesus said in Matthew 25: 44-46 (KJV)
44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

Sadly many people look at the homeless like the Pharisees look at people suffering from leopardsy, as being untouchable, as being less than human, but they are all God's children just as we Christians are.

Happy Holidays but let keep Christ in them!

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
7th Dec 2013 (#)

I was thinking about that, Jerry. We have schools with over 50% poverty rate where the only meal(s) the students get are those provided at schools. I don't know if the shelter(s) provide on snow days, or what happens to these kids.
But, in response to Matthew, John 12:3-8. Now off to find some expensive shampoo. Sorry/not sorry for the cheek -- you may recall I don't like it when preaching occurs on my page, no matter how well intentioned.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
7th Dec 2013 (#)

I wasn't preaching and you are taking John 12:3-8 out of context. Who are you going to anoint with your expensive shampoo--yourself?

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
7th Dec 2013 (#)

Connie and joyalwrimo -- THANKS!!

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
8th Dec 2013 (#)

Jerry, I read your comment. No comment.

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author avatar Michelle Stanley
8th Dec 2013 (#)

Hi Phyl, Loved this write about the snow.It's nice to know that some adults enjoy this weather as I usually hear complaints from some who live overseas. Your story gives a detailed account of what occurs during winter. I've spent Christmas in the US and craved for warmer climate, but still loved the excitement of experiencing snow. Michelle

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
8th Dec 2013 (#)

Thanks, Michelle! I tried very hard to write this one without editorializing -- I used to be better at it, and I'm hoping with practice, may be again!

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author avatar LOVERME
9th Dec 2013 (#)

Your snaps of snow
are as wonderful
as I see throughout the whole day ...
from my glass window
I just wanted you to know , from where to where we all go...
in the snow.
..I also know you don't want to know

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author avatar Ptrikha
11th Dec 2013 (#)

Is it freak weather? Such incidents always remind me of the movie "Day After Tomorrow"!

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
12th Dec 2013 (#)

LOVERME -- thanks for your comment. I hope when you see snow out your window it is enjoyable for you.
Ptrikha -- to have snow in December is not freak weather, but a foot of snow before Christmas is surprising. We had 70 degree (F) temps three days before the snow. It is the back and forth which catches us off guard.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
15th Dec 2013 (#)

I have lived only in tropical climate - so it may be tough for me to adapt to wintry conditions. Love to read how people face various climatic conditions. Enjoyed your post, Phyl - siva

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
16th Dec 2013 (#)

Thanks, Siva!

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
18th Dec 2013 (#)

Good morning, we missed this; I know in Georgia how snow shuts us down, yet it is a beautiful site. Two years ago, we had 5 days of shut-in. Holiday greetings to you and yours. Be safe and enjoy. ~Marilyn

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
19th Dec 2013 (#)

Thanks, Marilyn! We ended up missing 5 days of school for snow -- areas even more rural missed 7. Just coming off the Tgiving holiday break, it was fun but a lot of parents were ready for the kids to go back -- they will be home for the winter break soon enough!! ;)

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author avatar vellur
28th Feb 2014 (#)

The snow is great as long it does not disrupt lives. I love snow and it's pure pristine whiteness!

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
2nd Mar 2014 (#)

Funny you made this comment when you did, Vellur. March is "in like a lamb, out like a lion (or vice versa) and we have ice tonight, though technically the weather on 3/1 was nice. We are told to expect more snow Monday.

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