North Carolina Snowstorm -Take II

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I think I am going to lose my mind!!!  Seriously, I can’t take this winter anymore.  I need to be on the first flight out of here to somewhere remote in the Caribbean, not to return until Spring.

Round two of the winter weather in two weeks has begun.  It began with a quick burst of snow earlier today, and has already taken hold of this area.  Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh, etc..lots of snow, and then ice.  A 48 hour event, with a lot of folks to lose power.  This is the latest photo from CNN.

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The huge problem with this storm is the ice and freezing rain that will follow this snow overnight tonight.  For the local area, they are calling for another two inches of snow on top of the ice that forms tonight.  I am hunkered in, warm.  For now.  Fingers crossed that my power doesn’t go out tonight.  How will I ever be able to get the 20 miles to work tomorrow?  I doubt I will even be able to get out of my neighborhood, much less the entire commute on ice.

Shoot me now.  Anyone else out there having to deal with extreme weather conditions today?

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North Carolina Snow Storm

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It it sure is pretty, it sure is uncommon.

All hell breaks loose here in North Carolina when the first word of snow is whispered by a weather forecaster.  The grocery stores clear out, the salt and sand, shovels and sleds disappear from hardware store shelves.  Kids delight in a day or two or three off from school, and adults like me go stir crazy, and absolutely bonkers throughout the entire irritating situation.

It began last night around 6pm, with light, feathery flakes.  It didn’t stop for hours and hours.  Waking up this morning to about three inches of fluffy white stuff.  Kids are already out with their sleds, packing the snow down on the streets here in the neighborhood whirring down the roads.  As the weather isn’t supposed to reach over freezing today, and will plunge into the single digits tonight, this is a nightmare situation for trying to get out to work tomorrow.  The roads will be a complete sheet of ice, making it impossible to get out of here tomorrow morning.

I will have to augment my work schedule to accommodate this.  I am supposed to work at 7am, 20 miles away.

Look at these pictures.  Even the beaches in the south are snow covered.

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Amazing!  I don’t see anyone with sunscreen out there today, and yet we are supposed to be about 70 degrees on the beaches of North Carolina this Sunday!  Total craziness!  If you don’t give any credence to global warming, I think you should.

Have you heard about the travel nightmares in Atlanta, Georgia?  This was a record setting storm for areas south of here.  I have a friend that was trying to get home from work yesterday in the Atlanta area around the noon time hour.  She still isn’t home, 24 hours later.  The roads are parking lots, gridlock due to the snow.  This turned into abandoned cars, and just a horrible situation.  This sort of thing happened here locally back in 2010.  In fact, the three inches of snow we got, is more than we have had since 2010.  It just doesn’t happen here very often.

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Ok, so I guess I will try to get some things done around the house today.  I got my run in yesterday before the storm.  I logged four miles yesterday so that I would have to get out in this today.  This is what others say though, even though I don’t share this thought today.

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Be safe out there!

#runblueridge Contest Winner

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It gives me great pleasure to announce the winner of my Blue Ridge Marathon free entry contest.

Drumroll please……..

Miranda Byrd!

Congratulations Miranda!!!  You will now be able to register for the 2014 event for free.  How exciting is that?

Miranda provided me with a few details about herself, and I wanted to share that along with a link to her running blog for anyone that wanted to give it a look or follow.

Miranda lives in the Atlanta area in Georgia.  She lived in Memphis, TN for four years, and that is where her running career started.  She ran her first marathon last year.  The Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon, followed by the St. Jude Memphis Marathon just three weeks later.  Ok, just this detail leads me to believe that she loves a challenge.  The Blue Ridge Marathon will be right up her alley!  Miranda is very involved in her local running community. She is a member of the Douglas County Rogue Runners, GUTS, Atlanta Track Club, and Yeti Trail Runners.  She said she particularly loves trail running.  She loves her dog, and sings in her church choir.  You can check out Miranda’s blog here….  www.mirandainmotion.com

I can’t wait to meet Miranda next April in Roanoke, Virginia, for the 2014 running of the Blue Ridge Marathon.

Again, Congratulations!

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