The news broke early Thursday afternoon. The US Weather Service had issued a “Winter Storm Warning” for the borderlands which include El Paso and Las Cruces. Local news this night was dominated by doom and gloom forecasts from meteorologists and news pieces about the city making plans for the Snowpocalypse 2013 heading right for us. Reports called for 1-2 inches of snow. It was reported that ALL SANDERS WERE BEING FILLED TONIGHT! Sanders here in New Mexico use a mix of sand, salt and small rock. The small rock is imported from Arizona. I guess we don't have enough rocks in NM /sarcasm.
I could tell this was serious stuff because Mrsfabp was camped out on the couch watching coverage of the storm all night. Imagine, we may get 1-2 inches, YIKES! Declare a national emergency.
When people refer to this as a blizzard, I tell them that in Massachusetts we refer to this as snow flurries. As I write this, it is 3 pm and has essentially been snowing lightly since 10 am. Five hours of snow and we basically have some trees and bushes wearing soft white caps of snow. Roads are wet and this is about it.
Now I realize the seriousness of the weather situation. Last year in December 2011, we got about 1 inch of snow. It took me 90 minutes to drive about one mile to get home. Traffic crawled at 0 miles per hour and I actually saw several cars riding along the curb in order to avoid slipping.
So, this is it. Our first winter storm of the season. In like a lamb, out like a baby perhaps. Panic in the streets. Everybody talking about it. I don’t think there was this much excitement in this town since the big freeze a couple of years ago. Or when that coyote walked through the center of town.
I’ll keep you posted