We've had, right on schedule, our first snow fall for the incoming winter of 2011. It was much-overhyped as usual by the local weather guessers and the National Weather Service. Winter Warning....be scared, panic!
As it is, it hit in the northern part of the state, caused power outages and some accidents but hardly lived up to the dire warnings issued beforehand.
Heck, I rode Yoshie to work yesterday, all geared up and ready for bad road conditions and traffic. All I got was basically "fat rain" on the way to work, with snow falling nicely but melting instantly upon hitting the roadway. The snow was sticking to non-road surfaces and the falling snowflakes glittered quite nicely in one's headlights as I rode along but that's about it.
Riding home yesterday from work, I was struck by how nice the fallen snow had made the trees along the route home. It was a wet snow and it clung to the leaves and branches quite nicely. Probably what caused all the power outages further north as power lines went down.
So this morning I set off as dawn broke to try and get some pictures of snow-laden trees. Didn't really have much luck either due to the light angles or the fact the trees I sought had already shed the snow they'd accumulated!
I went down towards the Blackstone Country Club and posed Yoshie instead at the spot where one can see Mount Evans way in the background:
As you can see the roads are dry and clear, a few ice patches here and there where melting snow had re-frozen overnight. Temperatures during the ride were in the high teens, so my heated grips were running and my grip covers allowed me to ride with summer gloves on.
We'll lose all the snow in the city by the weekend, so folks around here should be able to get some riding in.
A Long Day
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