Monday, February 21, 2011

Winter Storm, Schools Closed Today

The telephone rang at some unearthly hour of the morning today. Happily, my wife collected her wits faster than I did - didn't take much - and picked up the receiver.

It was a recorded message. School's out today.

Right now, around 8:25 a.m., big fluffy flakes are falling. Lots of them. Sometimes they're getting blown around, sometimes not. Here in town the driving's not so bad: thanks in large part to the plows that have been going by at intervals since the storm started.

And, despite looking like a picture postcard, this is a "winter storm." According to, there's 5.9 more inches of snow in St. Cloud (as of 6:00 a.m.), about eight inches in Albany (7:00 a.m.), and four in Kimball (6:00 a.m. again).

And a record's been set, although not in Minnesota: "... Record daily maximum snowfall set at Eau Claire WI...

a record snowfall of 9.5 inches was set at Eau Claire WI yesterday.
This breaks the old record of 5.5 inches set in 1937.

I'm impressed: The Sauk Centre schools didn't even pull the kids in, possibly to get a 'day of school' on the books. That's smart, in my opinion. Also common-sense safety.

And now, a plug for my webcam, streaming video of Sauk Centre at the corner of Ash and South 9th, displayed at Small Town America: Minnesota.

About yesterday's entry? I didn't get it written. I'm hoping to do so today.

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