Snowpocalypse 2018 + 3

Went out on a quick morning walk to the main road outside the neighbourhood to see what kind of condition it was in.

Still a good bit of snow in the neighbourhood.

Snowy front yard
Snowy front yard

Around the neighbourhood, the roads looked pretty clear with a few icy patches.

Mostly clear road
Mostly clear road

Up towards the entrance there was still a fair bit of frozen stuff on the road though. Made for a bit of slippery walking.

Icy entry
Icy entry

Out on the main road, it was still pretty icy. Not a lot of exposure to the sun, so there hasn’t been a whole lot of melting on the road, and what melting there has been just freezes overnight.

Icy road
Icy road
Icy road
Icy road

It’s about 2.5 km out to the main highway from here, and I suspect a few parts of it will be pretty icy. There were a few cars driving down the road, all going pretty slowly. If you take it easy and don’t make any sudden moves, it’s drive-able. Not something I care to venture out into though.

The current forecast high for today is only 1°C and 3°C for tomorrow, so there isn’t going to be much in the way of melting around here until the heat wave starts on Monday and temperatures return to somewhat more seasonal values.

Weather forecast 20180106
Intellicast forecast 20180106 (temperatures in °C)

I figure by Wednesday, almost all the remnants of Snowpocalypse 2018 will be gone.

Snowy morning

A bright sunny morning followed Snowpocalypse 2018. The clear skies also meant that temperatures dropped quite a bit overnight. Woke up this morning to -9°C (16°F) which is definitely on the chilly side for these parts.

The sunny morning offered up a nice view of all the snow that fell yesterday (6″ in the front yard). I love seeing sunlight sparkle off a fresh snow fall.

Snowy morning
Snowy morning
Snowy morning
Snowy morning
Snow filled front yard
Snow filled front yard

The forecast for the next few days is clear skies, lows around-9°C and highs only getting up to around 3°C for a few hours each day. A lot of this snow is probably going to linger around well into the weekend.

A snowy walk

It’s been a long time since I saw snow like today (not since I left Edmonton probably), so I decided to go for a walk out to get the mail.

Light wind, but fairly heavy snow coming down. The cars had a pretty thick blanket of snow covering them already.

Snow covered cars
Snow covered cars

Out on the road, the snow accumulation was pretty thick, and ankle deep in a few spots. Back home this would be a pretty typical snow fall. Around here, it’s bananas and completely mind blowing.

Almost ankle deep snow
Almost ankle deep snow
Footprint in the snow
Footprint in the snow
Index finger deep snow
Index finger deep snow

It was a nice walk through the neighbourhood. I’d forgotten how nice and quiet things get during snowfall.

Considering the amount of snow already on the roads, and how much more is expected, I don’t think I’ll be going anywhere tomorrow.

 

Charleston Sleet/Snowpocalypse 2018

A bunch of cold frigid air combined with a low pressure system off the Florida cost is bringing some pretty nasty weather to Florida, South Georgia and coastal SC today.

The rain and sleet started at the house around mid-morning, and it didn’t take long for visible ice accumulation to start showing up on the roofs and on the ground.

Sleet on the ground
Sleet on the ground
Sleet on the ground
Sleet on the ground
Ice on the roof
Ice on the roof

By about 11AM or so, the ice pellets coming down had turned into a mix of snow and ice.

Snow and ice
Snow and ice
Snow and ice
Snow and ice

By noon, it became a pretty good snowfall.

2PM Snow. Can’t see the grass in the yard anymore.

Snow covered yard
Snow covered yard

Forecast is calling for more snow through the evening. Should look pretty interesting tomorrow morning. It’ll be just like home.

New storm to watch

Tropical depression 15 arrived with the NHC‘s 11 AM update today. Forecast calls for it to become Tropical Storm Maria soon. This looks like it will be one to watch over the next couple of weeks.

TD15 20170916 1500UTC
TD15 20170916 1500UTC

From the 20170916 1300UTC update:

The disturbance is expected to be in environmental conditions
conducive for strengthening during the next several days as the
shear is expected to be 10 kt or less while the cyclone moves over
warm 29 deg C SSTs.  These conditions should allow for at least
steady strengthening, and the models unanimously show that trend.
The NHC intensity forecast is conservative for now, but does show
the system becoming a tropical storm later today and a hurricane by
the time it reaches the Leeward Islands.