Well, it's here...Winter has arrived and with a vengeance. We knew it would...it was a matter of time, but what was unknown was just how much we would get.
First thing this morning, just after daylight broke, I got a few photos before the snow became too disturbed by the winds that were building:
|The truck before my brother left for work|
I apologize for the quality of these photos...I took them from the windows...warmly stationed inside the house!
|You can see the wind blowing the snow|
The wind had begun to really start blowing, which can be seen in this photo. The roads have been kept plowed, and school went on as scheduled...no delays.
|A good 3 inches already at 7:43 a.m.|
Snow that had accumulated on the railing...
A closeup of the pines that are catching the snow on their limbs...
|better view of the depth of snow on the railing|
Snow not only accumulated on the railing, but also was beginning to adhere to the posts.
|Out the kitchen door: the highway isn't visible|
From the kitchen door into the back yard, I took this photo...the highway isn't even visible, nor is the hillside beyond that I have photographed before.
When I first got up this morning, the temperature was still holding at around 38° but now, at 2:02 p.m., this is what the widget on my desktop shows:
The 'severe weather' warning reads:
... WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST THIS EVENING...
Around 11:00 a.m., I ventured out to the mailbox with my camera stuffed into my pocket to get some better photos:* HAZARDS... SNOW... HEAVY AT TIMES... AND STRONG GUSTY WINDS.
* ACCUMULATIONS... 4 TO 8 INCHES OF SNOW. SNOW AMOUNTS WILL BE GREATEST OVER THE HIGHER TERRAIN.* TIMING... SNOW WILL CONTINUE INTO THE AFTERNOON... THEN SLOWLY TAPER OFF LATE TODAY.* TEMPERATURES... IN THE 20S.* WINDS... WEST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS OF 35 TO 45 MPH... ESPECIALLY OVER THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS.* IMPACTS... SLIPPERY ROADS... AND HEAVY AND BLOWING SNOW... WHICH WILL REDUCE VISIBILITY. ALL DRIVERS SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION... ESPECIALLY THOSE DRIVING HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES.* A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES... AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.
Winds creating snow drifts on the garage roof...hopefully the rain gutter holds! (Notice in the background, a vehicle can be seen on the highway!)
Drifts building around the car...which I just had moved into the driveway about 8:00. You can't even tell that I had shoveled the car clean!
The wind had temporarily died-down compared to the photo this morning...
Row of pines all pretty in snow!
Front steps all drifted-in...
Even the little tree next to the pines has snow built-up on it!
A snow drift is evident around the little pines out back of the house...
At this point, it's still snowing lightly and the wind has died somewhat and the weathermen are saying this should all die down later this evening. Now, we'll be working on digging ourselves out...shoveling the porches and plowing the driveway.
When it's all said and done, we'll easily ended-up with 5-6 inches (+) of the while stuff!
Winter has arrived!