Shannon told me that they only have about two inches of snow but the problem was the freezing rain. Everything is iced over. "There's more glaze out there on the ground than there is in a Krispy Kreme store." (My sister has picked up a cute little twang to her voice now.) Thankfully, the roads are clear. So, driving isn't an extra special hazard. It's just everywhere else where the ice has overwhelmed trees with the weight of it.
All in all, it could be much worse for them. They've got heat from the fireplace and can cook warm food. My nieces are looking at all this camping out as one big adventure. One is snuggled with Grampy. One is snuggled with Grammy. They're happy and safe and that's all that matters to them. They are just waiting to see which house gets power back first. Then, they'll all troop over there to cook any food that might have gone iffy during the power outage.
"Tonight, it's supposed to be down to 17 degrees." Shannon told me. "But, we've got it up to 68 degrees in here. So, there's not a problem unless you have to go to the bathroom. Then, you wonder if your butt has frozen to the seat. Let me tell you, you don't tarry when you gotta go right now."
I'm feeling sympathically cold for them. They sound in good spirits. So, I'm not really worried... yet.