Blizzard Of 2011: Share Your Stories
Good morning. We hope you're safe and warm. But we know many of you are getting some pretty wicked winter weather. Have a story to share? Click the "comment now" tab in the box below to send it in. And if you want to catch up on some of the weather-related news, scroll down below the box for our round-up.
The Morning's News
As the Associated Press says:
"A colossal blizzard roaring across a third of the country paralyzed the nation's heartland with ice and snow, shuttering airports and schools and leaving normally bustling downtowns deserted.
"The monstrous storm billed as the worst in decades delivered knock-out after knock-out as it made its way from Texas to Maine, bringing Chicago and the rest of the Midwest to a halt and prompting a region-wide snow day."
From Chicago, NPR's David Schaper reported on Morning Edition about how the airports and transit authority in the Windy City try to keep ahead of the weather. In some cases, there's not much they can do.
Indeed, as the first headline on the Chicago Tribune's website this morning — "Trapped On Lake Shore Drive" — underscores how bad this storm has been and how rough it is in places that have been hit hard. "While hundreds of stranded motorists and bus riders were rescued after being trapped for more than 5 hours on Lake Shore Drive at the height of the blizzard, for many others the misery continued," the Tribune reports. "Trapped motorists complained via cell-phone and e-mail messages that they still saw no sign that help was on the way. It was impossible to tell exactly how many were still out there."
Headlines from other places show how far the problems have spread:
— The Oklahoman: "Blizzard Rakes Oklahoma, Stranding Motorists And Closing School.:
— The Indianapolis Star: "We're On Ice; Hoosiers Warned To Stay Inside Today."
— The Times Union (Albany, N.Y.): "Dig — The Ground's There Somewhere."
— Boston Globe: "Heavy, Wet Snow May Hit Sagging Roofs, Limbs Today."
Since this is Groundhog Day, we'll hear from Punxsutawney Phil shortly about whether or not he thinks we've got 6 more weeks of winter. (Update at 7:45 a.m. ET: He says Spring is coming early!) Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.