Blizzard 2017: Revenge of the Ice
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In the recent days there has been some hope when it comes to the global warming process…SNOW! Snow has finally fallen upon the Village in a way that tells us that winter was an actual thing this year and not just a figment of our imagination.
This didn’t just happen here either. All throughout the northeast of the country there has been snow. In Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh specifically) it was a powdery winter wonderland (I was there) and in New Jersey they got something like nine inches.
The best part of all this…school was canceled. Too bad I wasn’t even here to experience the one and only snow day of the year, but it’s still progress from the rest of this snow-less winter.
But, as with all good news, there was some bad news. I walk to and from school every day and let me tell you that it is already painful enough to wake up an extra 30 minutes or so and walk in freezing cold temperatures with the wind tearing up my face (only in the winter of course). But now that this snow has fallen upon our homes there is a silent killer waiting on the ground…ice.
Walking to school on my first day back there was ice all over the sidewalks. So much so in some areas that I had to walk in the street to avoid the pain and embarrassment that a fall on the ice could bring. I was late today because I didn’t expect to have to slow down to the point of a crawl just to keep my balance.
Pittsburgh’s powdery joy gave me a false representation of what the snow actually meant. I stepped foot out of my mom’s car when we got back and nearly busted my butt, not expecting the slippery doom awaiting me.
The funniest part is that the main roads that cars drive on were perfectly fine. It was like whoever cleared the snow completely forgot or disregarded us walkers and neglected the sidewalks allowing ice to form.
All I know is that the next couple of days walking to and from school will be a hassle and a struggle for balance. But I’m prepared now, and I will outlast this ice.