Winter is upon us
This morning we woke up to our first wintery precipitation of this season. A lovely mix of light snow and freezing drizzle, with a temperature of 23(-5C), a wind chill of 18(-8C) and it's expected to blow at 30mph later. We were right on the south edge of the huge winter storm hitting the Plains and Mid-West overnight.Personally I'd have taken a foot of snow and a snow day! But unlike the UK where 2 inches brings the whole country to a grinding halt, here you can just about guarantee they'll even get 24 inches cleared and the roads open within 24 hours. I saw it with my own disbelieving eyes when we got 24 inches on March 30 this year!Yesterday it was freezing all day here, with the temperature hovering around 21(-6C) most of the day. I made the mistake of leaving home without my toasty snow boots and had to drive home at noon to get them, before my feet froze off.One of the differences that strikes me most between here and home, is that we can have temps so far below freezing and yet, like yesterday, there is no ice or frost. I know this is because we are usually very dry here, but it still seems very odd coming from England.If you're in the main path of the big storm, stay safe and warm indoors with lots of hot tea today.