Peace (piece) of the storm

Well, Thursday we talked about the impending storm. I published the weather service’s Ice Storm warning, starting 9 a.m. Friday.

Well, on Friday morning the warning started at noon. By noon it started at 6 p.m. The forecast didn’t change at all after that, but when we went to bed at 9 p.m. no storm had started yet.

When we woke Saturday morning, and looked out the window, the roads looked wet, but no beauty of ice on the branches. Stepping out we could confirm that the wet was actually ice.

So I took the dog out for his regular three mile weekend outing. It was amazing how quiet it was; how slick, yet how beautifully peaceful it is.

At first I didn’t see anyone else or anything moving. The usual dogs weren’t along the route. And most of the streets were just like ours, but every so often one of the streets would have gotten obvious salt treatment and the ice would not be there, or would be slush.

When I came down the hill toward Chouteau Trafficway, I could hear a truck on the street across from me try to climb a gently incline. It slowly spun its way up the incline, and then turned the corner and inched its way down the hill to the trafficway.  There was no better example of how the roads were: no treatment on side roads, and then a beautifully treated thoroughfare.

The weather actually warmed up to 32-33 degrees around 1 p.m., and the roads cleared of ice, so people started moving again. We went out and did some errand running, but made sure to get in before it got dark and started getting cold again. Tonight is forecast for more and heavier rain, with colder temperatures, so the morning should be even harder to travel in than it was today. The current forecast I pulled up has freezing rain starting at midnight and going through 4 p.m. Sunday, where it turns into rain/freezing rain, until the temperatures drop again, and it is all freezing rain. until 1 a.m. Monday.

We will see how much of that we actually get.

In the meantime, that makes tonight a good in-home movie night (more on why that is special for tonight on a later post).

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