Listening to every heart
Sue, congrats on making it home. A lot of cars around here took home a few new bumps and bruises for their efforts in going to work today.
Like Pete's area, KS had high temps last week, in the mid to warmer 60's. Our area is in desperate need of moisture. The falling temps began Friday night, and the pitting sound of icy pellets were heard around 6:00 a.m. Saturday morning. I was supposed to work a couple of hours on Saturday, but the pelting sleet continued until the ground was white. Not "snow" white. Ice White.
So we pretty much just cocooned ourselves. A lot of people were pretty sure that this storm was coming, so a lot of folk stocked up for the long[er] weekend. Between sleet, it snowed. Then sleeted, and repeat.
It's not really much thicker than 1 - 1.5 inches. But it's packed. The vehicles that were getting around on Sunday were pretty much 4WD or AWD. The city "got ahead of the game" and sprayed some new slick stuff on the roads [some liquified salt product] and I'm not really sure if it helps or makes things worse. At least with a layer of salt, people got a little traction!
And, the "old lady and old man walk" is prevalent in the area. There IS not one assured footstep, believe me. Slow and steady...
Today was clear and sunny, but with temps in the teens, there wasn't much melting at all, unless the roads had been gone over by cars numerous times. So, main streets are fairly slushy, until this evening, when everyone goes home and the freeze sets up the tracks. Tomorrow? Rut city.
And so goes another winter in the midwest. I have to smile, remembering back to California winters. We got excited if the dog's water pool iced over by 1/16th of an inch.