Tuesday, February 1, 2011


The freezing rain continued on and off through out the night.

Ice can be beautiful
We got enough ice to make the trees pretty, but not enough for the power lines to come tumbling down.
Unsightly icy build-up as of 0900 CST

We didn't get the snow the forecasters had warned us about, but we got lots of sleet.

Ice and sleet build-up as of 1330 CST

People pretty much heeded the warnings to stay in. Again, this is sleet not snow. If it had been snow it would have been quite deep.

On my walk I saw this car. I suspect this isn't what its owner had in mind. I think someone is in for an unpleasant surprise.

The sleet and freezing rain mixed on the ground to make something that was like sand. Walking in it was like walking on the beach. You can see how it flew into the air as this car went by. When I got home I told Heather it was more like sand than ice or snow. I said, "I could ride in this. I should get Billie out." She said, " A . . . no." Billie stayed in the garage.

As that famous former St. Louisan once said, "It ain't over til it's over," but it does appear the St. Louis Metropolitan Area dodged a bullet. We may get two to four inches of snow over night, but that is a far cry from the numbers that were originally bandied about.

And, we are one day closer to Spring.


  1. The ice in the tress is always pretty. Especially with the sun shinning through the ice. Did you get another day off due to winter weather??

    Sleet is an interesting monster. I would have been tempted to ride in it too.

    -Chris @ everydayriding.org - year round riding in Minnnesota

  2. Great pictures of your weather. I don't envy your forecast. Hopefully you are over the worst of it. I thought waking up to 22.5˚ this morning wasn't pleasant but at least it is sunny and no moisture.

    It'll melt in no time, you'll see.

  3. I always like what ice does to the trees and shrubs, but I'd give it up for warm and dry. I'm glad you didn't get as much as predicted. And yes, one day closer to spring - Yay!

  4. Chris: We got over 3" of sleet here. 3" of sleet is a lot of sleet. There is a decent chance I'll never see that much again. Oh well, it was incredible yesterday, but by today it had turned as hard as concrete and while not as slippery as ice one still had to watch ones step.

    Here everyone is talking about how the forecasters goofed up, but actually they were spot on just West of here. We got lucky here because of some unexpected warm Gulf air turning our snow into sleet. 3" of sleet translates to 10" of snow.

  5. Trobairitz: We are looking at -3F (-19.4) for tonight's low. I'm not looking forward to the three and half block walk from the car parking lot to the Courthouse in the morning. But, you are absolutely right, the snow will be gone soon.

  6. bluekat: They were forecasting a mild winter. That looks like a bad job of predicting. I'm glad things turned out as they did.

  7. Chris: Yes, the Courts were closed again today. Tomorrow we'll be back at it.

  8. Keith:

    I just love to look at snow photos. So far (fingers crossed) we have been relatively mild. All the snow has gone South East to you. We are half way to Spring, so won't be long now

    Wet Coast Scootin

  9. bob: I, too, love loving at snow photos. I am just getting tired of looking at my snow photos. At this time of year, I'm ready to be looking at someone else's snow photos and to be looking at my nice sunny dry photos.

    I believe many were forecasting a mild winter for us. Oops! Maybe you got our mild winter, if so, I'm glad someone I know is enjoying it.

    Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment.


  10. I wouldn't have ridden in that sleet. It's not your skillz you need to worry about; it's all the other dumba**es.

  11. Gotta be on the lookout for sure! The safety bubble needs be really big. But, that was the beauty of it: Hardly anyone was out on the main arteries and on the side streets nothing was moving. It was a near perfect situation. But, I'm a sucker for domestic bliss and harmony so I refrained.

  12. Dear Keith:

    There was a time whe I hunted and cross-countried skied, and a snowy winter would be a delight. But those days are behind me now, and the the winters of my youth just keep me from riding. We have ice and freezing rain today, with another storm predicted for Tuesday. We've had the driveway plowed four times in the last month, and the snow is piled over six feet at the back fence. There are just 43 days until spring.

    Fondest regards,
    Jack • reep • Toad
    Twisted Roads

  13. Jack: We got another 4" today, but the temperature got up to 38F. Troubadour has a countdown indicator marking the days until Spring.

    I grew up on a farm in Michigan and there was much more time to play in the winter than in the other seasons. I still get excited about winter but I tire of it much quicker. I am quite ready for spring.


  14. Looks like you guys are having a good fun Winter..in my industry (Automotive aftermarket), we need cold winters for business to be good..so this is good overall.

  15. Baron: This has been a "good winter." Do you need February, too? I wouldn't mind an early March, but if it is good for your business then I will find a small consolation even if Feb. turns brutal :)

  16. Hhmmm...looks pretty. Isn't fun to move around in. :) By the end of the year you will wonder where this year went if you keep wishing it all away!