Yeah, it hit a day early, but that’s the new media meme on it, apparently. Chicago is getting hammered, Detroit is also in the path. But the path stretches all the way down to Texas and is set to target Pennsylvania and points east.
The Chicago Department of Aviation said the approaching blizzard prompted the shutdown of Midway Airport and the cancellation of more than 1,300 flights at O’Hare, which was expected to be closed Wednesday, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
The storm’s fury affected Super Bowl-related activities, with ice and snow taking down a large tent inside the Cotton Bowl meant to protect revelers at pre-game parties in Dallas this week, KDFW-TV, Dallas said.
“We are currently removing the excess weight and will be rebuilding the tent first thing tomorrow,” Ariana Hajibashi of Adastra Public Relations said.
The National Weather Service said Tulsa, Okla., got 12.3 inches of snow by noon Tuesday and it was still snowing, CNN said. Some highways in the state were closed and part of the roof of a Tulsa-area casino fell in, but no one was hurt.
On my neck of the woods, police are urging everyone to stay off the roads. The road crews cannot clear the roads due to the extreme blowing snow and salt and chemicals don’t work on ice at the brutal temperatures we have here (wind chills are now at -35° F).
I have seen only one pass by the county on my road today, but there may have been more (I am not about to stand out there to count!). We have two foot drifts across the driveway – again – after clearing equally high ones earlier.
Undoubtedly, some of the global warming cultists are going to try to spin this nearly nationwide event as evidence that their cult is right.
They are not.