On their drive in to work, early this morning, Laurie and Andrea saw the blizzard warning on the status board. Kind of hard to turn around and come home when they were only two blocks from work. Yes, they did think about it.
The blizzard began last night. First, it started as rain before 11:00 pm. With a strong north wind blowing, the temperature dropped rapidly from 40°F/4°C to 28°F/-2°C in less than 10 minutes. The rain turned to snow, and anything wet likely flash froze into ice. The snow began falling heavily.
overhead security light (North Ranch, Jan 21 2019)
barn security light (North Ranch, Jan 21 2019)
For about an hour, it had every appearance of a very dangerous blizzard. The visibility from the wind-driven snowfall was reduced to a few feet.
Just before midnight, the heavy snowfall eased. The wind, though, continued into this morning and early afternoon. Our total snowfall from this storm, about two inches.
Two nights, two displays of nature. Tonight’s feature, cold temperatures around 5-10°F/-15 to -12°C.
It was a forecast that was not missed, nor disappointed.
generic snow photo
With nearly 8-10 inches of snow, and drifts taking shape through the overnight, it was an early start to clearing the driveway. The plan was to drive Laurie and Andrea to work, and pick them up, like yesterday. A snow drift had formed around the Expedition, with the largest portion across the front end. After an hour of digging, about half the drift was shoveled away – and yet not knowing if there was any snow under the hood.
Nearly ready to start the Expedition after clearing the snow away from the exhaust, a bundled-up Laurie came outside and said her and Andrea had a snow day. Good enough. Also, the girls had another snow day with campus remaining closed, and all scheduled classes and activities cancelled for the day. All the school districts are closed for another day. And, much of the region is rather quiet as many businesses are closed, or on reduced hours.
generic snow photo
The snow has pretty much coated everything. No power interruptions, or flickering lights. All that remains is a cold, north wind and clearing away the snow.
The winter storm is now across Eastern Colorado, Nebraska and Iowa. In blizzard form, the storm is nowhere nice as the name, “Kayla“, The Weather Channel has given her.
Time to tackle those drifts.
@16:10 MT – The snow total, up the amount to the 10-12 inch range. The four-foot drift that was in front of the garage door at 5:00 am reshaped itself into a solidly-packed two foot version. Also, the garage was reshuffled where all of our vehicles are indoors. The other deep drift was 3½ feet at the front steps. The larger drift of five feet is at the storm door into the backyard. We may need Mother Nature to cut it down to size. Another two inches of additional snow is expected tonight. Overnight temperatures are expected to be in the -5 to 5°F range.
When it is like this outside …
you do this …
Miss Pinky under her futon
The winter storm took it’s time arriving, but it got here late Saturday afternoon. It laid 3½ inches of snow in about an hour’s time. Underneath the snow is a sheet of ice from the “wintry mix” we had for most of the day. Today, it has been snowing all day – alternating between light snow and heavy snow. The snow is expected to end sometime after midnight with the possibility of snow flurries for most of tomorrow. By the time everything moves on, we should have 6-10 inches of snow. And, it’ll be cold through next weekend.
It seems Mr. Groundhog has made himself scarce for now.
Another week, another snow.
vanguard winter storm clouds at sunrise
before the snow
the snow and wind flies
the window view from the home office
no garden sitting this afternoon
If we had a fireplace, it would be time for another few logs on the fire. Instead, it’s a cat, or two (or three), on the lap with a hot drink.