My fellow Midwesterners are all too aware of the snow storm that has befallen us. Snow storm doesn't really cut it, though. Terms like "Snowpocalypse," "Iceaggedon," and "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Holy Fucking Balls Dream Coat Blizzard," have been tossed around casually to describe the mess. But a picture is worth a thousand words...so here are a few pictures of the 20-inch deep ass-storm of frosty white road block we've been dealing with since Tuesday morning.
Now, I KNOW there are parts of the world getting far worse snow that this. But you have to remember something about the Joplin region: our weather is insane. Case in point, Saturday I was outside in a short-sleeve shirt. It was like 70 degrees or something. No kidding. So, many people were skeptical about a snow-storm of this magnitude following such fair weather. I know that sounds odd, but the occasional warm spell in the smack-middle of winter (we had the same thing happen in December) isn't that unusual. Also, the last time we got a snow storm like this was almost ten years ago. We had an ice storm about three years back that didn't accumulate nearly this much, but it did knock out almost every power line in the city. That wasn't any fun, except when my wife and a friend and I played Transformers Monopoly in candlelight. That was neat...but overall it was intensely annoying.
So far we haven't lost power, and it looks like we're going to be able to keep the lights on. Joplin was put under a state of emergency, and most of Tuesday only emergency vehicles were allowed on the roads. There wasn't any way we were going anywhere. As of today (Thursday) the main roads are plowed, so travel is possible...just not likely. Me: I'm staying the hell inside.
P.S. Here is a video of the roof collapse at my wife's school. There is an ad at the beginning, and the video was apparently directed by David Lynch so it has the soundtrack from Eraserhead.