… WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM MONDAY TO NOON CST WEDNESDAY…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ST LOUIS HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR FREEZING RAIN… SLEET… AND SNOW… WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM MONDAY TO NOON CST WEDNESDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.
* TIMING… LIGHT FREEZING RAIN WILL DEVELOP ON MONDAY AND CONTINUE IN WAVES MONDAY NIGHT. THE FREEZING RAIN WILL OCCASIONALLY MIX WITH SLEET AND SNOW LATE MONDAY NIGHT AND TUESDAY MORNING AND EVENTUALLY CHANGE TO ALL SNOW TUESDAY EVENING. THE SNOW WILL END WEDNESDAY MORNING.
* ACCUMULATIONS… ICE ACCUMULATIONS BETWEEN 1/2 AND 3/4 INCH ARE LIKELY… WITH HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE. SLEET AND SNOW ACCUMULATIONS WILL RANGE FROM AROUND 3 INCHES ACROSS SOUTHWEST ILLINOIS TO 6 TO 12 INCHES IN PARTS OF WEST CENTRAL ILLINOIS AND EASTERN MISSOURI.
* WINDS… NORTHWEST WINDS OF 15 TO 25 MPH WILL GUST TO 40 MPH TUESDAY NIGHT AND WEDNESDAY.
* IMPACTS… SIGNIFICANT ICE ACCUMULATION AND GUSTY NORTHWEST WINDS MAY LEAD TO WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES. THE COMBINATION OF ICE… SLEET AND SNOW WILL MAKE ROAD CONDITIONS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS AND THIS COULD LIMIT TRAVEL FOR DAYS.
Gotta love the all caps from the National Weather Service. Basically we are all in BIG TROUBLE.
Today: Spinning class (mainly hills…not sure if the teacher really plans these classes out or simply likes to ride the bike while standing) and a 7 mile run. I did the run a little faster than some of my long runs in the past (4.8-5.0 mph rather than 4.7) and felt fine. The bottom of my feet were killing me around mile 3 so I tried to really focus on how my feet were landing. I need to pay a visit to the shoe store, even though I wore my newer shoes today.
Tomorrow: Lots of teaching? Or a snow day? (I do NOT want to drive to St. Peters and then have it start icing…I’m totally stressed about that.)
Last night I had a great time hanging out with my friend Sarah. We had dinner and drinks, and chitchatted about life, whatever, teaching violin, etc. It was a nice end to a day that was a bit trying at times (had an awful and awkward gig that I won’t go into on the blog.)
I also played a wedding at the New Town Chapel. I had not been there before, and was NOT prepared for the “Truman Show”-like atmosphere that is New Town (St. Charles). I don’t want to be too negative about it, but I was really not prepared! Seriously, there is a creepy 1950’s style looking town in the middle of nowhere…for no apparent reason. Maybe I have a negative attitude towards homogeneity (I am a city dweller and I love diversity) and shouldn’t assume the worst. The chapel was pretty enough, though oddly the doors in the balcony kept blowing open and we really struggled to keep them shut, as it was cold outside. Oddly none of the guests sitting nearby seemed to care about the doors. I have my opinions on why that is as well—not a single person offered to help me or my colleague shut the doors even though we were trying to PLAY for the wedding while this was happning. I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t have been happy if the doors stayed open…
(and this wasn’t the awkward awful gig I was referring to!)
Some pictures—I felt the retro camera app was VERY appropriate.
Why yes, I’m in a crabby mood tonight! Thanks for asking! We bloggers can’t always be roses and songbirds, you know