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My part of Arkansas is under an Ice Storm Warning. I'd rather have snow any day than ice and freezing rain! The latest forecasts seem to indicate that it's going @mbuster's way too.
What is it about bread, milk, and eggs when the weather gets bad? I've heard stories from friends about fights over carts in grocery store parking lots.馃洅
 

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ime lots of people just go kind of nuts when a big storm is coming. Storms are normal enough in Minnesota that everyone just either has extras (loaf of bread in the freezer; whatever) or goes without. Of course, we typically recover from an ice storm in a matter of a day or two (and from snow storms -- unless they're huge -- in a few hours). Stay safe!
 

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The Weather Channel doesn't help any with all the drama either. They broadcast days and days of warnings and it's the only thing they want to talk about. That gets a lot of people all worked up and anxiety kicks in. Then a lot of times, nothing happens, that's why I don't keep watching it. Our forecast just changed today to show the temperatures were even going to get below freezing later tonight. Just tell me what it looks like may happen and if it does, it does. If they by chance get it right I've got two 4 wheel drive vehicles, a six wheeler, and a 4 wheel drive tractor. Bring it and let it be play time.

I'm with you though @etherea, I'd rather it be be snow than freezing rain and ice.
 
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I well remember the 2000 ice storm. Power was off before I got home from work that night, had to use the gate to the barn and drive thru the pasture to get to the house, high line wires were down across my driveway. We are all electric, brought in the butane fish cooker for heat and to heat water. Had water the whole time, we are on the farthest away and lowest point of the county water system, we would have water until all the lines went dry. Coleman stove for cooking. Hurricane lamps for light. First full day of no power, I'd heard Lowes was getting in a truck load of portable generators but BH said we'd be fine. Day 10, BH says we gotta do something. Called the electric company to get an estimate of how long they thought before we'd get power back - 2 weeks to 2 months. Went shopping the next day. No generators anywhere by this time. I bought a diesel welding machine with a built in generator and bought a hundred gallon fuel tank, didn't want to tote fuel. They had to order the welder and it took 3 days to get it. Went to town and got the welder, the fuel tank, filled it up and brought it home. Backed the trailer up to the carport and unloaded the generator, then went in and made a sandwich and to read the book on how to operate the generator. Noticed a bucket truck had showed up at the end of the driveway and saw they were raising the lines up out of the driveway. Went down and talked to them and thank them for getting the wires up out of the driveway. They were from Georgia and told me my power would be back on in about 30 minutes. Sure enough, it was, and that's the how I got my new welding machine story.

We've used the welder's generator a few times when the power has gone out for more than 3 or 4 hours the last 22 years, but it's no good if the power goes out and we are out of town for a few days. We lost a fridge and a freezer full of food once We put in a standby generator this summer that will run the whole house. It has come in handy a couple of times since we got it. It starts automatically If the power goes out and shuts back down when power is restored. We should be good. It was high, but in hind sight, we should have put it in sooner.

The temperature is still above freezing here at 11 PM and all the pink on the radar on my phone app keeps turning green as it gets here but remains pink with whats going above and below us. The future radar looks like maybe between 2-3 AM we might get something here. It looks like more potential after 6 AM but that is as far ahead as it showing right now. Since retirement I really don't have anywhere to go either, but if we get ice, I'll go ride around after my morning coffee, against BH's wishes just to see how bad it is. I ain't skeered of it.
 

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Noticed a bucket truck had showed up at the end of the driveway and saw they were raising the lines up out of the driveway. Went down and talked to them and thank them for getting the wires up out of the driveway. They were from Georgia and told me my power would be back on in about 30 minutes.
My backyard neighbor is a linesman for Xcel Energy up here in Minnesota and frequently makes trips (usually down south) to do just that. I don't know if being able to do that is a seniority thing or what but he's gone for a couple weeks or so multiple times a year.

Ice storms here never last 10 days. The longest I can remember was in the late 80s and I can't remember any remnants of it lasting more than a week. On the other hand, we will have piles of plowed snow that last well into May.
 

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Not hearing the normal amount of traffic on the road when I woke up this morning but no need to go looking around, what I hear is going normal speeds. Probably due to closing area schools and maybe some businesses. Looking outside I see unfrozen water puddles in the yard and driveway from the rain. Overnight low was 31, its 33 and rising now. Maybe we got lucky.
 
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Here鈥檚 how the ice storm worked around us yesterday and today. First pic is this mornings radar second pic is yesterday. We've been in the green (rain) or the clear (no precipitation) the whole time. If the pink or blue approached it turned green or clear as the edge reached us.. Hope those not as lucky stay safe and warm.
 

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ime lots of people just go kind of nuts when a big storm is coming. Storms are normal enough in Minnesota that everyone just either has extras (loaf of bread in the freezer; whatever) or goes without. Of course, we typically recover from an ice storm in a matter of a day or two (and from snow storms -- unless they're huge -- in a few hours). Stay safe!
My son lives in Michigan. They really know how to clear the roads quickly.
 

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My backyard neighbor is a linesman for Xcel Energy up here in Minnesota and frequently makes trips (usually down south) to do just that. I don't know if being able to do that is a seniority thing or what but he's gone for a couple weeks or so multiple times a year.

Ice storms here never last 10 days. The longest I can remember was in the late 80s and I can't remember any remnants of it lasting more than a week. On the other hand, we will have piles of plowed snow that last well into May.
We love people like your neighbor鉂he 10 day ice storm that mbuster talked about was epic. As the out of state trucks came through our neighborhood everyone stood out in front of houses and clapped and waved.
We burned our last stick of wood that year--our new neighbor brought us a kerosene heater. He was our best friend that day.
 
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