Just snow, no ice
We received about six inches of snow here last weekend, and we count ourselves lucky. We are happy that we missed out on the ice that storm created as it swept across the Upper South, from New Mexico to Virginia and the Carolinas.
Oklahoma was one of the states that got a lot of ice. 10,000 electric poles may need replacing, and 70,000 homes and businesses didn't have electricity as of February 2.
South Dakota and Iowa had a bad ice storm on January 20-21 that did millions of dollars of damage. They are still cleaning up and trying to get electricity (and in some cases, water) restored.
I have genuine, "been there, done that" empathy for the folks whose lives have been disrupted by ice storms. Some readers will remember that this part of Kentucky was hit by a severe ice storm during the last week of January last year. We don't want to repeat that experience any time soon.
If you'd like to read the saga of our January 2009 ice misfortunes, the Prairie Bluestem articles are listed below. I think you'll see why we're happy with six inches of snow on the one-year anniversary!