We had over one inch of ice in our backyard. Because our local weather people predicted the storm, schools were closed, and many businesses closed. We didn't have the terrible problems seen on TV in Atlanta and Birmingham, where people were snowed into their cars, and had to abandon cars and walk home, students stuck in schools, etc.
For 3 full days the ice lay on the ground. Today the weather is shirt sleeve weather, but even today there are many places still with white on them.
These pictures show the progression from sleet to freezing rain to over an inch accumulation
of freezing rain.
|The birds stayed at the feeder. (You have to remember that this is the|
winter migration point for many birds.) This was the first day.
|This was the second day.|
|This is my poor garden. I broke through the ice to try to show you how|
thick it was everywhere. It is over an inch thick.
|My kids had a good time in the ice. It wasn't good for snowmen, but worked great|
for sliding down hills. (Getting up them was another story.)
|Here's another picture of my kids in the ice.|
We have only had five snow storms recorded since 1973, the weather man said before the storm came in. Well, they have never had one with this much ice (or one with only ice). This would explain the use of laundry baskets and kickboards to slide down the hills. :)
The pictures look white like this was snow, but it wasn't snow at all.
I am glad it is gone.