Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Scenes From An Ice Storm: Staying Yucky In Vermont

An ice-encrusted view of my St. Albans, Vermont house today.
It remains icky across Vermont this Tuesday evening as the lingering, big nor'easter continued to provide us with icy weather, and not the nice powdery snow we're used to this time of year.

There's a series of photos in this post that I took around my St. Albans, Vermont house today. I decided not to venture out into the ice. The home "ice" photos will suffice.

As always, click on any photo you want to view to make it bigger and easier to see.

As I noted yesterday, a nor'easter of the strength we had today, moving along the path just off the coast as it did today, would normally provide a nice big fat powder day for Vermont.

Instead, with the lack of deep cold air in place, we got an ice storm. Oh, sure, we did get a burst of snow during the mid to late morning, but it wasn't all that impressive.

Iced over berries on a shrub in my St. Albans, Vermont yard today. 
Then we spent the afternoon stuck amidst "snizzle" a gloomy, foggy mix of freezing drizzle, mini snow pellets, sleet and yuck.

The forecast discussion from the National Weather Service in South Burlington, Vermont late this afternoon said it best:

"What a waste. It's late January, we've got a strong nor'easter off the southern New England coast and all we get out of it is ice, ice, and more ice! Story of the winter of 2016-17, I guess. "

Going into this evening, more light freezing rain and drizzle, sleet and a little snow seem likely at least until midnight, and the winter weather advisory for the icky weather has been extended into the night.

The side view mirror of my truck didn't look very useful today.
Expect this evening's commute to be a bit on the dicey side. Not as bad as this morning, but still nasty enough for you to be careful.

The continuation of freezing drizzle and sometimes gusty north winds has continued to break a few trees and power lines, so more than 2,500 Vermonters remained without electricity as of 5:30 p.m. today.

This has been an odd January in Vermont. Yes, we get an awful lot of cloudy days in the first month of the year and the short days are often dark and depressing.

But we've had a long stretch of warmish, but deep and dark and quiet and damp days. Even the relative excitement of a nor'easter continued this foggy and gloomy stretch today.

The next couple of days will be the same, but with a cooling trend into the weekend. Perhaps, in the next few days, during or beyond this weekend, we might sneak in a couple of days of sun.

That would be nice.

Meanwhile, enjoy today's Vermont ice storm photos. (Scroll down from this point, because there are more beyond this verbiage. And feel more than free to send me your icy photos from today as well.

The staircase to the upper deck of my St. Albans, Vermont
house didn't look very safe today.

Icy branhes in my St. Albans,
Vermont back yard today. 
Power lines leading to my St. Albans, Vermont house
sag under the weight of ice today. So far, knock on wood,
the electricity has stayed on. 

Tree branches weighed down by ice rest on the roof of
my garden shed in St. Albans, Vermont today. 

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