Oh, what fun, indeed! Last Wednesday was an absolutely gorgeous day. Temperatures were near 70°F, a lovely breeze blowing from the South. I had windows open in the house, laundry flapping on the line, and I was working on a new garden bed. Life was grand. However, lurking just beyond our borders was another cold front. The wonderful warm moist air mass we so enjoyed on Wednesday, pushed it’s way North over the approaching cold front. The result: freezing rain. The rain started at 6:40AM, and started freezing within an hour or so. By noon, everything was well coated.
By the time it ended, northern exposures had a good half inch of ice. Luckily our trees are quite sturdy. But Mother Nature wasn’t done with us yet. After the freezing rain, we got sleet, another inch or so. Uncomfortable to walk in, but does provide some footing. Not done yet! Friday morning the snow started. Big fluffy flakes! And it snowed, and snowed, and snowed.
The net result of the two day storm, was 7.5 inches on top of the ice. We were lucky. We never lost power for more than two hours at a time, but the power is still somewhat unreliable, especially if the wind picks up and vulnerable branches start falling onto wire. Again, we’re lucky that the ice storm of 2007 took out most of the weak trees.
My truck is well covered with the various types of precipitation.
The driveway has a solid sheet of ice under the snowfall.
Surfaces that weren’t iced had a lovely coating of hoar frost this morning.
And to cap off the whole experience, we had freezing fog this morning, giving everything that gray scale quality.
My gardens now look like hoop houses. Too bad there’s nothing growing in them.
Finally, the garden I was digging my hands into two days before, is nowhere to be seen, hidden under a blanket of snow. I don’t know how much precipitation we got, I’m still defrosting the rain gauge, but it’s safe to say that Mother Nature gave us a walloping, just in case we’d forgotten it was still Winter. I must say, with the blizzard in December, the subzero temperatures earlier this month, and now this, this will be a Winter I will not soon forget.