The blizzard was one of those good-news-bad-news situations. The good news was that the snowfall wasn't as heavy as they predicted...about 5" today and a couple more last night. That's because it didn't change over to snow as quickly as they thought and therein lies the bad news. There was much more ice. As Wayne noted, there was a heavy layer over everything. While it clearly presents problems, there's an element of beauty to it as well.
This was one of the trees in the parking lot with its limbs drooping under the heavy weight of the ice. There were plenty of power outages as limbs rested on power lines or the lines themselves simply sagged under the burden of so much ice. The lights in the hotel flickered a few times but they never went out.
These poor little leaves were surrounded by ice. The median of the street next to the hotel has small redbud trees down it; instead of the illusion of green ice like this tree, that ice is pink as they were in full bloom before the storm hit.
Evergreens like this one caught and held more of the freezing rain so the icicles on them were longer. Had the wind not been howling like it was, I would have walked down to the corner to try to photograph the long icicles hanging from the traffic light and street markers.
While the snow and ice we've seen the last two days is a problem, it isn't nearly as bad as they experienced west of here where they received much more snow and have huge drifts. We're counting on the state road department to do an awesome job clearing that tomorrow as the next leg of our trip takes us that direction. And right now the road we need to take is barricaded and closed.
By late afternoon the skies had cleared and there was sunshine. That's still all ice in this photo but we could see some melting occurring. And it's going to get all the way up to 38 degrees tomorrow!
The sun shining on the icy trees was pretty but I'm ready for it to all be gone. We have a full day of visiting planned for tomorrow...no time in the schedule for blizzards and their aftermath.