Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV


February 23, 2010

Prolonged winter: Will mini glaciers in Bluefield hang around until spring?

How do you melt a good six inches of sleet and snow that has morphed into frozen ice? Well — apparently you don’t. At least not anytime soon.

With more snow unfortunately in the forecast, the beautiful weather we had this past weekend is now starting to feel like a distant memory. But for those who were keeping track, the mercury climbed to about 56 degrees Sunday. In fact, it was only a few degrees short of 60.

Did the near 60 degree temperatures melt that six inches of ice in the driveway and front yard. Nope. It didn’t even put a dent in it. How about the not one — but two bags of salt — I bought in the foolish hope of melting the driveway at the family’s home. Nothing. The ice is still there. The bag claimed this salt would melt snow and ice all the way down to minus 15 degrees. That may be the case, but apparently it doesn’t work when the temperature is a balmy 56 degrees. The ice pack is still there — or at least most of it. The situation is a little bit better where I live, but I’m still walking on a lot of ice when I leave the safe confines of the front porch. It seems this ice isn’t going anywhere fast. I call it demon ice. There is no other logical explanation as to why it simply won’t melt.

I tried this past weekend to break it up. I used a shovel, a hoe and a pick in a hopeless attempt to break the ice. I did make a little progress at the top of the hill where everyone’s vehicle gets hung up, but that was about it. The harder I used the pick, the deeper the ice got. It’s like living in Antarctica. The ice just doesn’t melt.

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