The weather…again

February 4th, 2011 at 3:16 pm by under Super Bowl XLV, Weather

I know I said I’d tone it down about the weather, but it just continues to be a big story here in Dallas.

The Fort Worth Stock Yards woke up to a fresh coat of snow.

We were forecast to get a half-inch to an inch of snow today. In reality, we probably got that much overnight, and flurries are still falling here at almost 3 p.m.

It was quite the drive for me out to Fort Worth this morning. Fort Worth is about a 40-mile drive west from downtown Dallas, and I had to be in place at 6:30 a.m. So that meant a really early start.

There weren’t a lot of cars on Interstate 30, which is a six-lane road between Dallas and Fort Worth. Some of bolder drivers were moving at about 40 miles per hour or so,  but others had their flashers on and were going 25 miles per hour or less.

A look out the window at the White Elephant Saloon gives this sign an ironic twist

What’s normally about a 45-50 minute drive took me more than an hour on the way there. On the way back, it took close to an hour and a half with rush-hour traffic.

Still, today’s snow wouldn’t have posed much of a problem in Wisconsin. The difference is, plows and road salt are apparently in very limited supply here in Texas. So whatever snow falls stays on the ground. To make things worse, there is still a layer of ice on many roads from Tuesday’s storm.

Besides the precipitation is the cold. It’s still cold outside -  cold even by Wisconsin standards. The thermometer in my car read 19 degrees as I got in the car to head back to Dallas.

Who knew I should have packed a snow brush?

Still, we had a fun time at our live shots this morning. We went to the Historic Stock Yards area of Fort Worth. Basically, it’s a bunch of really old shops and, as the name suggests, a livestock yard in the old part of town.

Chuck at Fincher’s White Front Western Wear was a lot of fun, and he even showed us how the creases are put in cowboy hats.

We then moved over to the White Elephant Saloon, where kitchen manager Rockland Mann made us feel right at home. That’s another fun, historic place – it was the scene of a shootout in the frontier days.

Rockland said it best – this Texas weather comes out of nowhere. It can be beautiful one day and miserable the next.

Wait, where have I heard that before?

The view from my hotel window Friday morning

Rachel Manek and Photojournalist Mike Raasch get ready to tell Northeast Wisconsin about the weather in Texas

I thought this sign might have been an omen for Sunday

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