The storm that’s headed this way has been a popular topic of discussion for our group ever since we met in Harrisburg on Sunday for our orientation; in fact, the intensity seems to be increasing as the hours go by.
As we go to sleep Monday night, there is a winter storm watch here in New York City, which I expect will be adjusted by tomorrow. New York has already been hit hard this winter with a record-setting 33 inches of snow in the month of January. (Edited Tuesday morning to say that at 4:15 a.m., a winter storm warning was issued through 7:00 p.m. Wednesday!)
The problem with this storm isn’t so much snow but ice. The storm is coming from the west, which means it will hit our home (Clearfield) on its way here. At home, there is a winter storm warning well into Wednesday where a half inch of ice is possible on top of a few inches of snow. Here, things are more uncertain, but any ice would impact the city.
Based on the current forecast, there doesn’t appear to be a good time to travel home through Wednesday night. We’re scheduled to leave here Wednesday around 3:30 p.m. If the Board of Global Ministries closes for the day due to the storm, our plans would change.
Well, all of this certainly makes the next couple of days exciting. We hope that we aren’t delayed too much as we will already be apart from the kids for about four days!
Our trip home includes a 3.5 hour bus trip from NYC to Harrisburg where our vehicle is parked. Then, we’ll have a 2.5 hour drive home (these times do not include weather problems/delays!).
The good news is, it should make for a good story!