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Winter's last stand: Warmer weather predicted this week

Not again! All this snow was annoying.
Not again! All this snow was annoying.
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Black ice was the most dangerous part of winter weather. According to the news person on KAUZ-TV at noon on Monday and Tuesday this week, black ice formed because of three conditions:

  • Below freezing temperatures
  • Misty rain
  • Fog

It was said last week during Groundhog Day, that spring was not far away. The spring equinox, when the earth changed its tilt toward the sun, was on March 20. Meanwhile, everyone pined for springtime weather. One child shouted his prayer on The 700 Club Monday for Jesus to make it warm. While everyone waited, things like deice and rock salt to emerge on the shelves, some states resorted to using strange things like cheese rind and beet juice, which extended the life of rock salt on the roads in the hardest hit states. My aunt in New York, used hot water to deice her car. Some people even dealt with a loss of power or use of natural gas. The biggest complaint locally with people from my church was that people didn’t know how to drive in weather usually found in the northern states or along the east coast.

They were right. On November 24, 2013, there were at least 100 accidents when there was freezing rain and sleet. People didn’t listen when both news stations pleaded with people to stay home. By December and last week, they began to listen somewhat. There were still a lot of accidents happening. This time, one of the worst places for accidents was on Southwest Parkway.

The bad thing about black ice was that it appeared just like regular ice. On roads, bridges and the like it was not seen which made it hard to drive in extremely cold weather. Since a lot of people have a lot of trouble driving when there was a threat of black ice on the road here were a list of ideas on how to survive a black ice encounter.

There were three reasons why black ice was so hard to find:

  • Black ice did not have bubbles
  • Blended in on sidewalks, and roads
  • Formed on roads not normally used

KAUZ-TV also said to one should have had these things in the car while driving in case of an accident or disaster (visit here for a full list):

  • An emergency kit
  • Water
  • A blanket

Proverbs 25:20 (KJV) said:

20 As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart.

The hardest thing for me to deal with during this icy grip was having to delay or postpone my sojourn outside to collect mail, take the trash, wash laundry, or just take exercise. Thank goodness there wasn’t a reason for getting out for the next two days. The weatherman said Wichita Falls was to warm up into the 60’s by Thursday and 70’s on into the weekend on its six o’clock broadcast last night, This was good because my comment on my Facebook wall said it all.

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