The arctic blast many of us are experiencing is expected to continue into next week. This “Siberian Express” is the reason I’ve chosen to stay inside this weekend. Experiencing hypothermia would not be a great adventure!
Sadly, hypothermia and car accidents related to winter road conditions have been blamed for the deaths of at least 20 people in the last week, and the “Siberian Express”, continues to push through the central and eastern parts of the U.S. even as I write this. The cold air mass has been traced to Siberia in Russia. It traveled 5,000 miles over the North Pole on its way to Canada, crossing into the United States all the way to the Gulf Coast. Therefore being referred to as the “Siberian Express”.
At least 500 daily record lows have been broken since last Sunday from Connecticut to Florida to as far west as Indiana, according to the National Weather Service. This amounts to more than 100 million Americans being affected by the arctic blast.
Not only in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, but across the nation snow showers and freezing temperatures are creating ice-rink like conditions on the roads. If you do not absolutely have to go out, please stay home. Please be cautious if you have to go out and are either driving down the road or walking across a parking lot. The “Siberian Express” is a real threat and should be taken seriously. The health and safety of my friends and family is very important to me and this extreme weather can present real dangers.
Likewise, snow day activities should also be taken seriously. Maybe bake a batch of cookies … wrap up in a warm blanket with a favorite book and a nice hot mug of tea or bowl of soup … throw in a movie. Do some T’ai Chi in the living room. Maybe take a nice hot bath and listen to music. Write a blog …
Whatever you do, be safe and have fun with it. I need to check on my biscuits.