The expected storm came in full force and snow started falling here
at 1:30 AM last night.
By early morning it was obvious it was a very wet, heavy, damaging
snow and it continued until around noon. By then we had 8 inches
and shrubs started bending, branches splitting, large
azaleas, privets, camellias are all crushed to the ground. . . . . . a most
distressing sight. Nature pruning again!
The snow then turned to rain, the winds picked up, the heat pump coils
iced up and the house cooled off a bit. The outside temperature hovered
just above freezing all day and some snow was washed away by the rain,
the remainder will re-freeze overnight and there will be lots of
cancellations tomorrow as the roads will be icy and driving hazardous.
This evening our heat is running, thankfully we have not experienced
any power outages. There are thousands of homes without power
across North Carolina.
Yes folks, this is the south and those of you in the north are probably
laughing at this point. They don't do snow well down here! We become a
bunch of cry babies.
I recall my many years in New England where this was "just a dusting",
we put on the snow tires, warmed up the engine, scraped off the ice,
and headed to work!
I was wishing for a White Christmas. . . . . . seems it arrived a bit too soon!