I really should have slipped between the snow flurries and done my errands in town yesterday. This morning there was a little light snow and my usual 34 miles in 45 to 50 minutes took FOUR HOURS.
One very bad hill got icy and I was part of a 15 mile logjam. When I reached the urban county half an hour after we (supposedly) open I called work again, and my boss's daughter answered to say it had taken them two hours to get there. From less than ten miles away. I got to work at eleven, and left at three, much too tired to do all my errands on the way home. On the up side, going five miles per hour on roads that weren't themselves icy, I had plenty of time to look at the pretty snow on the trees. I also read a book for half an hour waiting for some blockage far ahead to be cleared.
I had several things I needed to do in town today, but after watching the weather all morning I decided to put it off. I've never seen rain, snow, sleet, and hail all at once, followed by intervals of blue sky. It stayed just above freezing all day, so not much accumulated, but there is still ice on the porch railing.
So this afternoon I was glad I had decided that when one of the blue sky intervals turned into this:
The camera's lens is better than my eyes. In that shot I could see the outline of the tree tops through a swirl of whiteness.
This is closer to what I could see myself:
The cars had little piles of hail along their wipers, and a slight crust of sleet, but were mostly bare. Ten minutes later they looked like this:
In an hour the snow was gone from the cars but not from the ground. It kept doing much the same thing all afternoon. Very weather-ish.
Back before the snow melted, I finally had a chance to get some bird feeder pictures. With the snow on the ground the feeders were much more popular. The feeders swing around every time a bird moves, though, so it was a challenge. There were more than two or three of these birds, but (like the deer) they wouldn't all stay in the frame together.
Here's the planter, given to me when I was born (I wish I could remember who it was from--not anyone we saw regularly as I grew up or I'd remember what my mother told me) that I've just put cuttings in to give to my boss's youngest daughter after her baby girl was born by C section at 28 weeks.
I got the fire going early on this Day Off, and the sunshine was heating up the house, too, and then the clouds showed up, and now it's snowing scattered lazy tiny flakes. Pretty to watch but impossible to photograph. (Hmm. I wonder if a video would work.)
The weather forecast last night and this morning said something like "20 per cent chance of snow flurries in the morning....20 per cent chance of snow showers in the evening." Will I be able to detect the difference by visual observation?