Sunday, December 21, 2008

The Weatherman Was Finally Right

...and it is really messing things up. Yesterday the weatherman predicted 6-10 inches of snow with freezing rain following. Well, last night became a blizzard in the Portland area, with 30-50 mph wind gusts and visibility of only a mile or less. Although it was neat to see, it was very cold and I was out at the tree lot from 12-6PM. We closed down at 6PM due to the weather. The funny thing is that when the storm hit yesterday, it was still fall. Winter officially starts today.

Here in Fairview, we received 8 inches of snow according to the weatherman this morning. We are now have freezing rain and there are freeways closed from Troutdale to The Dalles, about a 70 mile stretch of highway. Chains are required for all travel on the freeways and for all travel around town. RIght now, it is 18 degrees in Fairview.

This has affected us also with Jim's flight home last night being cancelled. Right now, his flight is delayed to take off this morning and possibly will not happen today. It was scheduled to take off at 8:45 and was delayed to 9AM and now is delayed to 10AM. We are praying that he gets home today. The longer it is delayed, the harder it will be to get home as more and more flights are full. He talked about renting a car and driving home. Please pray he gets home. Jermaine also is stuck at the airport waiting to get home. He was due in yesterday afternoon and his flight got cancelled also. He was in Las Vegas and this morning he is flying to San Jose because of the delays in weather. If that happens, Jim and Jermaine may be able to visit for a while. Maybe they could even get on the same flight home. Jim had talked about renting a car to get home and driving up the coast. I just heard that one of the routes from the coast to Portland is closed also. So, getting home is going to be interesting. We just want them home by Christmas.

When the sun rises, I will try to get some more pictures to show you. For now, I am going to go and get a cup of coffee and settle in for the day. Hmmm...good thing I did most of my Christmas shopping. Sounds like a good day to do my Christmas baking.