But the fire is so delightful
And since we've no place to go
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!*
Apparently, this snowstorm was kind of a big deal. The Omaha World-Herald stated, "The Christmas blizzard that left all that snow will be studied by meteorologists for years because of its unusual aspects."
*Instead of one storm center, there were multiple waves moving around each other in the middle of the main storm system.
*Blizzard conditions stretched from Oklahoma to the Dakotas.
*Snow and wind lasted at least 48 hours. Typically a winter storm blows in, then out.
*A tightly wound storm center produced intense winds, brought in a lot of moisture and played havoc with temperatures.
*Finally, this storm system was so strong and so large, it pulled moisture in from the Atlantic, which is extremely rare.