3.06.2008

Holy Cow - It Was A Blizzard!


(Photo credit: Paul Wood)
(Photo credit: Robert Morgan)

Variety of photos from today (many reader submitted) on Flickr here.

Keep 'em coming. (blog2[at]wisecounty.com)

Edit: School closings for Friday are here.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

barry, i wanna see a pic of you making that snow angel in your suit and tie.

Anonymous said...

Would like to know if bport is going to postpone school like everyone else!!! Would like to know before my bedtime so my a$$ doesnt have to get out of bed in the morning

Thanks
Stay @ Home MOM

Anonymous said...

I don't trust insurance agent yardsticks.

Anonymous said...

I think the last time bport called school the night before was in 71. Ice storm hit after lunch and school let out early. School was called off for the next day as the forecast was for continued cold. It stayed cold but the wind blew all night and evaporated the ice. School closed and the roads were fine... ultimate embarrassment for a school super! I'd like to sleep late too, but don't count on knowing before early morning.

Anonymous said...

Here's how our school handeled the weather:

Today when our first lunch group came to the cafeteria around 11:54 AM) we started asking our VP (vice principal) if we were getting out early. Our school sits right in front of 287 and we have huge windows all along one wall. We could see the front parking lot was covered in snow. You couldn't tell the sidewalk from the parking lot and hill. Yet, he kept telling us "no" or "I dont know". We were getting pretty pissed. Then at about 12:20 they make an announcemet saying we need to call our parents to get picked up or drive ourselves home at 1:00. And by then it was bad and very dangerous and a lot of people that had already left early, ran off in ditches or almost had accidents. It pissed everyone off because they couldn't just decide to let us out early before it got nasty. They wanted to keep us there for as long as possible and because of that, our safety was at risk. They wouldn't even notify parents that called at 11:00, if they were releasing for sure. So I tried to call my mom and the line was busy because they kept telling her to check the school website to see if they were closing. They had yet to even put it on the news at all!! So they basically made it difficult and caused confusion which was obviously very dangerous on a day like this.

Sounds pretty dumb... right?

Anonymous said...

History is made!! Bport actually has cancelled school the night before. NO SCHOOL FRIDAY!

Anonymous said...

Bridgeport called school off the night before one other time. I think it was in 1998 or 1999. We had had a big ice storm in December, and kids were literally trapped at the HS. I think a bus had slid off into a bar ditch. Anyway, the next time we had bad weather, school was called off the night before and it wasn't bad at all the next day.

Anonymous said...

7:43 I am guessing you are talking about Decatur High School. We knew at noon that DISD schools were letting out at 1:30. The high school students were told they could not leave until 1:00 and if they left any earlier it would be an unexcused absence. So then when they were "released" at 1:00, they were told that Eagle Summit Road was not passable so they had to stay at school even longer waiting on the sand trucks. Why weren't the sand trucks called at noon when they knew school was being released early? But the main problem is that there is one way in/out of the DHS parking lot and that road is challenging to drive on a normal day with hundreds of vehicles using one route. But on a day like today, the problem was not only that it's one way out, but also with the way the road is built there were many cars & trucks not able to go up the steep hill to get out. Maybe this issue needs to be addressed with some of the bond money. And speaking of money.....they couldn't release school until 1:30 because they had to give the middle & high school students the opportunity to eat lunch so the school district could get their "reduced lunch" government money. That just seems wrong.

Anonymous said...

Stay @ Home Mom: I bet that rear is rather large! hahaha

Anonymous said...

Had not seen that much snow falling since a few days ago. And this past Thanksgiving. And this past Easter. All I know is ever since I saw Al Gore's movie it has snowed four times, people in northern latitudes are having some of the worst winters they can remember, and the ice pack is thicker than it has been in several years.

Anonymous said...

I want to send a great big THANK YOU to our law enforcement officers and other volunteers who really stepped up yesterday and handled the HORRIBLE traffic problems. I was listening to the scanner and I've never heard it so busy! People taking care of people! I enjoyed hearing it all, not because of the horrendous conditions, but because it was a showing of human compassion like we never seem to see/hear much anymore! BLESSINGS to all of you who braved the cold and conditions to help those who were stranded, having medical emergencies, those in accidents, and those who were just stuck!

Anonymous said...

I guess by now everyone in Wise Co. knows Chico Administration has the only Bus Drivers that can drive on Black Ice.....!

Anonymous said...

Not only did Chico not update any news organization (save possibly the WCM) of their closing yesterday, they didn't update their website this morning that they were opening at the normal time.

Pro tip: if your main number is busy most of the time, some of us that live in the 21st century use other ways of getting information.

Anonymous said...

10:25, I thought 7:43 was referring to DHS, too, but DHS doesn't start lunch until 1:00, so it couldn't be them.

The rest of your post was quite accurate, though.

Anonymous said...

And, Dr. Billmire and friends spent hours on Preskitt (prior to 7-wires) yesterday pulling people out of ditches, helping them up the icy hill.

Way to go friends.

Anonymous said...

7:43 also said that their school is right on 287. DHS is on 730. Alvord? Or are they just wrong?

Anonymous said...

Sounds like Alvord to me. AHS sits right on next to 287.

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

Yes, that was a Blizzard indeed. 287 between Decatur and Rhome looked like Minneapolis-St. Paul...

Anonymous said...

I'm thinking it was Alvord HS and by the way...there IS more than ONE WAY out of the DHS parking lot. Why didn't you all just go out the road that passes by the athletic facility and then past Carson Elem? I seem to recall people bringing up that "slanting" parking lot in the front of DHS and the "mountain" students would have to traverse when the weather became icy soon after they were built. Not good planning at all, but then again, when has good planning ever taken place in DISD?

Anonymous said...

9:37 There is a gate, which is locked between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., blocking access to the back entrance by Carson. When they were trying to convince the community that the high school needed to be built there a promise was made that the high school students would not be allowed to drive by Carson during the elementary's drop-off and pick-up times. Therefore there is only one way in and out during the times when students are going to and leaving school.

Anonymous said...

9:32, that gate is unlocked at 4pm on the dot most days.