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The Polar Vortex Day 1

Posted 2/24/2014 7:13am by Brian Lau.

So far this winter can be summed up with four words: COLD, COLDER, WIND, and SNOW.

Remember what the weather was like on January 5th, 6th, and 7th? Sunday started out with heavy snow. It was a wet snow to start with and it was sticking to the trees, fences, and power lines. Needless to say, it was quite beautiful to look at. The cows were fed in the morning since church had been cancelled and we had Christmas with my in-laws in the afternoon. We were not able to put out a day’s worth of hay like normal, because the snow was coming down fast and it would have been covered up before they ate it all. The eggs were gathered and off we went to spend a day with family and enjoy Christmas. The snow kept coming down and the winds started to blow heavily. Luckily Andrea’s parents just live a few miles from us. At 4 o’clock Andrea and I started to head home to do the evening chores and process the eggs. It was a good thing that we own a 4 wheel drive pickup. We were able to get home, but we had to plow through some deep drifts to do so. By the time the chores were done, the tracks we had made in the driveway coming home were already drifted shut. I knew then we were home for the evening and the kids were going to spend the night with their grandparents and cousins. Also shortly thereafter we learned that the county had shut down all county roads. Kevin put out another bale of hay in the afternoon to help keep the cows’ rumens full so they could survive the extremely cold temperatures that were forecasted for the night. As the evening went on into the night, the winds howled and the snow was blowing sideways every time I looked outside. The drifts continued to get deeper and deeper behind our vehicles.

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