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Reporter’s Notebook: Snow day from my doorstep

By: 21 January 2011 One Comment

Snow blanketed much of the state again Thursday and as is the usual standard, shut down many schools and businesses. Here in Northwest Arkansas, schools closed for the entire day but some schools in the River Valley, including Fort Smith, closed around noon.

Anyone who knows me realizes I’m not going to go out in bad weather. Besides being a full-time wheelchair user, I had a bad wreck on icy roads five years ago so I’m extra cautious. That’s what makes working mostly from home so great, I can still get a lot done!

At any rate, I did take time to take a few photos around my home to give a little perspective on the snow around here. Many people stayed home Thursday and most Northwest Arkansas schools were closed Friday as well. By the way, we’re forecasted to get an additional inch on Sunday night.

Who wants to light a fire when it's 100 degrees outside? Not my husband! He decided about four inches of snow was the perfect weather to dust off the ol' charcoal grill. I'll admit, the hot dogs were good!

Town Branch Park in Bentonville is always quietly beautiful as snow blankets the jogging paths and the trees. That's Central Avenue in the background, just to give perspective.

The untainted snow gives a good visual for how much snow we received.

One of our cats was dying to see what the white stuff was coming out of the sky so we let him out to inspect my husband's shoveling job. The gazebo in the background is part of Town Branch Park and is a popular wedding spot (when there's no white cold stuff on the ground).

We live on a hill and frequently have sledders use our driveway as a launching pad. This family were the only brave ones on Thursday. They brought a Ski Bob to enjoy the snow and agreed to having their picture taken.

About: Jamie Smith:
Experienced reporter who is now an entrepreneur. Jamie's Notebook offers writing services including press releases, corporate blogging and feature writing.

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