Free(ze) Day!

I awoke this morning to the sound of my cell phone...not blaring its normal alarms that I set to rouse myself from slumber, but from the sound of it ringing. It was one of my fellow team members (that's what we call the 5 executives that function as the executive director; I am one of those 5) asking me if I think we should close the office for today.

My first reaction..."Oh yeah!"...but I paused, "What is the precedence for closing the office due to weather?". "When schools are closed we normally close," she answered. "Hmm...well, then I think it's a good idea. We don't want to compromise the safety of any of our staff." I think that was a professional approach even though inside I was doing a happy dance that I don't have to go into work today! The roads are icy and it scared me to think I'd be out in that mess. Not to mention than many of my coworkers commute 30-45 miles and that's a real nightmare. And who doesn't love a Monday off from work or school?

So, it's nearly 7:00 a.m. The area schools are closed. The weather is forecasted to reach the mid-20's today. Hello!?!? It was 75 degrees yesterday! That's a record high since 1933 for Tulsa in December. In Wichita Falls it was 81! So bizarre. Right around 3:00 p.m. yesterday the temperature dropped 10 degrees in 3 minutes! Can you believe it? You could actually feel the cold air rush over the city!
How cute are Luigi and Regina in their sweaters?

It's currently 16 degrees with a wind chill making it feel below zero. We have light sleeting outside. We might get a little snow too, but not too much. The precipitation numbers are low, for now. That is more of what I am worried about...low precipitation means low ice, which is the big worry. Right now there is a little ice on the roads, in places, but so far they have trucks out spreading ice and sand to counteract it. And the area police are in "Operation Slick Streets"...what is that?!? They are not responding to non-injury accidents. What? That's beyond me, but I suppose they have to get to the injured motorists first.

And obviously, since I am able to blog this, the power is still strong and so far, no reported outages. That's my main concern. I am fine if we have to stay inside for the next three days, but I am terrified about losing power. That's not fun at all.


Anonymous said...

Ya know I was actually standing by my open window when that temps dropping occurred. One minutes I was returning from walking the dog and open up all the windows. Over the half our to hour I could literally feel the decline in temps. It was so bizarre! This is the coldest I think it's been since I moved to T-town in May of 07. Brrrr!