An inch of snow turned into three and when the sun finally attempted to come out at 1:30 this afternoon an extravagant high of 12 was momentarily reached. Some of the snow on the roof even melted in the sun's meager rays. Just enough to drip on to the deck and form a layer of ice. Sweet.
It was a beautiful powder snow, so light and fluffy the wind had no troubles getting it moving again after its final descent. The NC ski resorts must be in heaven. This kind of powder snow doesn't come along that often in a southern winter.
So much for shoveling the driveway down to the cozy cabin and exposing the dark dirt and gravel for a solar melting assist. Hopefully I will still be ahead of the game to an eventual usable driveway here in Arctic Carolina.
I can not afford to be so complacent with the driveway next door. I'm running low on baked goods and sugary treats and had intended to go to town today. Instead I put on another layer of long underwear and went out to re-shovel the drive. It was actually pretty easy, not much more than dragging the shovel through the light and fluffy powder. Then a test drive was in order. The traction on the frozen gravel surface was most excellent.
The scenic byway was another matter. It must have been snowing further down keeping the plows busy. It was not kept in its usual tip top shape today. There is supposed to be more sun and no snow tomorrow. I can go get baked goods tomorrow.
A blowing snow changes where things land. At least the blowing seemed to be less than the diagnosed speeds. Cold is so much more pleasant without the wind.
The high peaks of North Carolina are building up a snow pack. I didn't know that could be done here.
The deep freeze continues. The final exam of my frozen plumbing prevention program is underway. So far I have lost the cold water spigot in the kitchen sink. I don't take full responsibility for that though. It does that regular and I have not done anything extra to prevent it.
The well is not frozen and last year's open floor surgery on the shower drain looks to be holding. I had anticipated the furnace's water exhaust freezing and meant to check it. It froze before I looked. The tell tale breathing difficulties of the furnace alerted me that it had fluid filled lungs that needed draining. Fortunately I knew what to do. Now it drains into a pot in the unheated basement closet.
The sun set an hour ago and it is 7.1 degrees. The suggested low is 10. How cold will it get tonight in Arctic Carolina?