America’s heartland has been hit with back-to-back snowstorms, each dubbed by the National Weather Service as a “historic, crippling blizzard.”
The storm has passed for most residents of Kansas, Missouri and the Great Plains. At least three deaths resulted from the blizzard, and the side effects of the storm are just starting to be noticed. Downed limbs and telephone poles have knocked power out for over 56,000 people, and the thick, wet snow has made it a problem for those trying to get around. Portions of Interstate 40 in Amarillo, Texas, were closed both ways as a result of “extremely icy conditions,” the Texas Department of Transportation said.
Some people saw the obvious concern and danger posed by the storm, but according to a CNN article others saw the silver lining.
Jim Service of Overland Park, Kansas, spaced out the work of clearing last week’s snowfall over four days. He finished Sunday, just in time for this storm.
After a warm-up session clearing Tuesday’s snow — much wetter and heavier than last week’s — he retreated inside with a Clive Cussler novel and planned to enjoy the day off. Like many others, Service’s company called off work Tuesday at the behest of state officials who warned that the storm was too dangerous for people to be on the roads.
“It’s great for me,” he said.
The storm is expected to blow through by the end of the night for most of the Great Plains. For the full article, go to CNN.com.