It’s pretty, and getting pretty deep

Snowstorm wreaks havoc with schedules

By The Mercury

Whether today’s snowstorm amounted to a winter wonderland or a white wasteland probably depended on whether it gave you a day off or simply complicated your day.

Lots of people had the day off, including students, school personnel and most local government employees. Good for them.

It’s a safe bet that CiCo Hill, which had some activity Monday from the most recent snowfall, was packed today. There’s also little doubt that a lot of school-age kids who weren’t out sledding were locked in to video games or watching movies at home or with friends.

Of course, a lot of parents might have been operating under the assumption that if the kids could sleep in and find time to go sledding, they also had plenty of time to shovel the driveway and sidewalk.

Other folks likely to be smiling today were those who have contracts to clear parking lots of snow and the industrious neighborhood kids who are handy with a snow shovel or who have access to a snowblower.

Less fortunate were many business owners. Most opened their doors knowing that the governor and common sense have combined to urge residents who didn’t absolutely have to venture out today to stay home. We won’t second-guess that advice, especially for folks who don’t know how to drive in snow. No sense taking a chance of sliding into a roadside ditch or into another vehicle. Safety must come first.

Yet neither could we fault people who have appropriate vehicles and know how to handle them for thinking that an unscheduled day off was a good time to do some shopping, especially when there seemed to be as many snowplows as private vehicles on the roads. Merchants who braved the conditions doubtless welcomed the company.

Today, of course, also was a workday for law enforcement and emergency personnel, though we hope it’s been a quiet one. We compliment them — along with city and county road crews — for their fine work and dedication, and though this was written before even half of the forecast amount of snow has fallen, we’re confident they’ll do themselves proud again.

We also hope residents remember that winter hazards won’t end today. The snow eventually will stop falling, but snow-packed neighborhood streets, bitterly cold temperatures and stout winds the next couple of days will bring dangers of their own.

Let’s make sure we’re ready.

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