For several days, the weather people and emergency management people have been notifying us, and a wide swath of countryside from NW Texas to Chicago, to expect a massive ice storm, the worst of which was expected to hit us around 6:00am this morning. The largest concerns were keeping people off the streets and highways and preparing people to endure power outages that might last up to one week - especially in rural areas.
In fact: I haven't checked on the rest of the projected storm area, but we got off easy. We have had a small amount of icing on the streets, despite county and city maintenance workers spreading brine on all of the major through-fares, and the most-traveled E-W through-fare in Wichita experienced a 22-car pileup Friday night; but, we have seemingly escaped being hit by a major ice storm in our area. I listened to the freezing rain for several hours last night (our sump pump activated at 2:25am and 2:46am, if anyone cares); but, the temperature hovered just above freezing. Surprisingly, with the streets wet rather than icy, the trees sport elegant ice coats. Forthwith, some photos.
The sugar maple is gorgeous even without its multi-hued leaves (below).
The redbud tree clump at the corner of the front yard looks elegant, below.
Below is the overall view of the trees along the edge of the back woods. Those trees always lean a lot, even without ice (they grow, reaching for available sunlight); but, with the ice, some of the branches are actually touching the ground.
Another detail, below, of the trees at the edge of the woods.
Below is our stately cottonwood tree at the edge of the woods. (It is nearest to the house of all the trees in our woods.)
The following photo has nothing to do with ice; but, displays the current state of a clump of Shasta Daisies in front of the house. One doesn't expect green leaves on daisies during the winter.
Hope everyone else is staying cozy! Oh, by the way, I did hear a report that about 25 homes in Wichita were without power for about one hour during the evening hours, yesterday.
P.S. Hunky Husband tells me that all of the rain to which I listened last night measured out to 1.03".