Thursday, February 21, 2013

Sleet Drift -

A sleet drift of almost 14 inches!
That's what awaits out our back door 
after today's (Missouri) winter storm,
and I'm not certain if it's over yet!

This was dawn, beautiful for awhile, 
but you know what they say-
Red Sky at Dawn
Sailor take Warn

 It was one of those storms where the morning
drive was just fine, so
businesses were open.
But not for long.

I was fortunate enough to be able to work 
from home, the first time I've done 
that this year.

This is all sleet.
There were a few snowflakes
but mostly sleet all day long .
My husband was on  4 wheeler duty-
plowing the road since they don't 
treat our road up here on the ridge.

It's gravel but the hill down to the county road is paved,
steep and always slick in snow or ice.
Every time he'd make a pass, it was covered up
again immediately.  He said it was hard to 
keep your eyes open with the wind
blowing the sleet so hard.
It was cascading over our gutters, 
rolling down the roof just like a waterfall.
I have never seen anything like it.

 In the end we got 4-5  inches
  but not snow- all sleet.   Other areas received
up to 9 inches of snow.
We fortunately missed
the freezing rain or it would have been much worse.
OOPs, freezing rain coming in now.


This is where I worked today. 
I didn't even try to go in, I knew I might be stranded
on the way home once the weather started getting bad.
This is our attic that we redesigned to be a  "real" attic
with walls, floors and stairs.  We've got bookshelves
and some storage tubs up there- like the Christmas tree,
kids old toys, the model trains, old artwork, etc.
 You can see the old computer equipment, before
we used nice little laptops!

 The office closed 12:30 PM, physically, 
but anyone that could work from home 
had to keep working.  As far as I am concerned,
it's a great trade off. I didn't have to drive 
an hour (on a good day) in it and then another hour back.
If only an hour.  From what I hear traffic was moving
about 20 mph, and I'm 40 miles away,
across about 25-30 miles of highway then
through hills and county roads with no shoulders
and ditches that are so steep that cars flip.
No guard rails either.

Our county road has not been touched
and I just found out the plow cable snapped
so no more plowing up here either.

I won't get off our ridge tomorrow,
the roads will be too icy out here, especially since
the Jeep broke down which means 4WD is out.
  The weatherman said once we get past these next three weeks,
it will be all good, no more snow!
I'll be glad for that.
Stay safe- stay warm!

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Sunnybrook Farm said...

They were showing what you guys were getting on our TV weather this morning, we actually had warm shirt sleeve weather today but will get some of the bad stuff tomorrow.

Michelle said...

Our snow has started to melt. The roads are clear for travel. Which I am so thankful for. Stay warm and safe.

Gorges Smythe said...

It's hard to believe that much SLEET! Wow!


Wow, what weather. It is pretty though. I know you will be glad when the snow is gone too. Thanks for sharing this with us.

Lisa said...

The snow does look so pretty to this southern gal. But I imagine you are ready for spring about now. We will be getting this system tomorrow and Saturday in the form of rain...all weekend long! So I will be working on my quilt. Stay warm and safe friend!

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Stay safe! I just hate the ice and snow, so dangerous to drive in.

Manny said...

Glad it worked out for you. It may look pretty but I want this darned winter to be over already. Yeah, I drive an hour to work too and i would not have gone in either. I've been stuck on those three plus hour commutes home in weather like that. It's not worth it.

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Thank you. Looks like we will get snow Monday but it sounds like a rain/snow event rather than freezing rain so hopefully it won't amount to anything. I'm glad your roads are getting clear. I completely understand those people with two homes in opposite temperature zones.

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Yeah, little balls bouncing all over the roof, cars, and lawn furniture, then with the winds we had the drift in back got really deep!

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Oh I will box it up and send it your way! I hope it is not bad rain, just a little rain for future flowers!

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

I don't like snow. I love to see photos of it somewhere else where people are happy and frolicking but not here.

Candy C. said...

We ended up with almost six inches of snow from that storm, which is a LOT for us! I would much rather have snow than that sleet you guys got! Yikes! You guys stay safe and warm, okay?!?

Yahoobuckaroo's Blog said...

"The weatherman said once we get past these next three weeks,
it will be all good, no more snow!"

That will be almost the first offical day of spring. Oh those sly weathermen and their incredible powers of precognition!

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

LOL, but such comfort in counting down those days!