Snow and ice are on the way

| December 23, 2010

Photos from the January 2009 ice storm that left more than 600,000 without power.Oh, the anticipation of yet another ice storm that has the potential of causing a hectic commute to wherever we may be traveling.

Our local weathermen fill the airwaves in hopes of bringing us the most up-to-date forecasts, but there’s not much we can do about the weather, so there’s no sense in getting too worked up about it. That’s easy for me to say, while many are trying to get off work early, cancel weekend engagements and stock the fridge and pantry with essentials for survival.

It’s imperative to beat the rush to the grocery store because if not, you may find yourself without milk or bread. To grasp the antics of Louisvillians, you must be from here to understand our neurosis. Just the mention of any inclement weather will ultimately bring about a mad rush to the grocery store.

It’s no secret to residents of the Ohio Valley that the area is home to some of the planet’s most extreme weather. Temperatures can change drastically, often without warning. One day might be picture perfect for a run in the park and the next morning snowfall has closed schools. As a kid, my siblings and I used to sit and anxiously watch TV news channels with anticipation to hear about school closings. I have fond memories of waking up and looking out the window seeing everything covered in a thick blanket of white. The trees were coated with heavy wet snow as silver-dollar-size snowflakes fell. There’s nothing more beautiful than fresh snow falling from the sky. A covering of snow makes everything seem clean, fresh and new again.

There’s something about fluffy white snow that brings out the inner child in all of us. We want to get out and build a snowman, make snow angels, have snowball fights and go sledding.

Sledding was my first thrilling challenge and natural rush. My well-crafted sled was a sheet of metal that raced out of control down the hills in Iroquois Park. My friends and I would stay out in the frigid temperatures for hours on end making memories that we all cherish for a lifetime.

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Lori Kommor

Lori Kommor, Columnist/Event Chair

Lori wears many hats: writing two weekly columns, chairing The
Voice-Tribune’s events and keeping the staff fed with a stash of snacks
Willy Wonka would envy. She’s a fervent high school soccer fan (go
Collegiate!) and has the raspy voice to prove it after game days.

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