to stay home this morning. The news reports are filled with dire warnings about freezing rain and black ice. The Nat'l Weather Service announcement about it, yesterday, went as far as asking people to stay off the roads if possible.
The Book o' Faces has a page devoted to those of us who commute from the north into Anchorage. It was in a constant state of update this morning, as drivers posted about the multiple ditch-divers (know as free-style parking, here), various accidents, and icy curves.
While I was at my desk, reading all these stories of gloom and doom, there was an earthquake. Not a bad one, mind you, at least as far as our experience of it. Turns out it was only a 4.7, and nearly 100 miles away. It was felt more strongly by those in the flats, especially on the other side of the ridge.
But I'm at work now, and the morning drive wasn't that bad, except in our little town at the beginning. Everything was truly glazed and icy, there, and just standing was a trick. The first stop sign we encountered might as well not have been there, as we slid right through it as though the brakes weren't engaged.
But the rain hasn't reached Anchorage, so there's that. At least, not yet.
But sometimes you have to think that perhaps Ma Nature is trying to get your attention. I may wish I had listened, by the time this is all done.
UPDATE: the weather deteriorated quickly after I got to Anchorage at 0630. Those a half-hour behind me reported strong winds, rain, and ice. Lots of ice. The "special weather statement" now predicts icy conditions through 1415 today, covering thousands of square miles. (That's still a very small part of Alaska, but it's where a great many of us live.)