I was dreaming of a white Christmas, and my dream came true….well, close enough anyway 😉
It started out as pouring rain on Christmas morning. Temperatures were around 44 F when we left for Oklahoma to spend Christmas with family, and fell to about freezing. The rain slowly turned to snow during the drive north, and by the time we reached Greg’s brother’s house, it was all sleet and very windy and cold.
We left a little sooner than planned to go back home, because the weather continued to get worse, and the drive from Durant to Dallas took us three hours instead of the normal hour an a half. We saw plenty of cars spun out in the median because they refused to slow down. (Every car that passed us going much to fast, I waved to and said “see you in the ditch!” LOL)
Our little town got enough snow to cover the grass completely and it looked so pretty, even in the dark. This morning I could barely wait for the sun to come up so I could bundle up and introduce my iPhone to the snow.
I think my next purchase will be “texting gloves” to keep my hands warm and still be able to use my iPhone. Two more minutes in the cold, and you could have snapped my fingers off like icicles 😉
Walking in a Winter Wonderland – taken with my olloclip macro lens
It was just a few flakes, but it was still SNOW!
(There was snow on the ground the day we got married, too. A bit more than this!)
Photographed with my iPad
I didn’t include this snowflake with the ones I posted yesterday, because it clearly deserves to be in the spotlight all by itself.
Just a couple of images from today…
We didn’t get the predicted 3-5 inches of snow (something about 80 mph dry air “decapitating” the clouds and blowing away the parts of the clouds that had the most snow potential), but there was plenty of ice and sleet before we got just a little bit of snow. School was cancelled after they had announced that they would be open and on time, so this was snow day #5! Crazy Texas weather!
I was trying to take pictures of the falling snow last week, and couldn’t help thinking of Tracy when a red blur flew through my viewfinder and sat down in the neighbor’s tree. I quickly took a few pictures with my 18-200mm lens before digging out the 80-400mm, and good thing I did, because by the time I had the other lens on the camera, he was gone!
Maybe we will have another snow day tomorrow?
From the National Weather Service:
“The National Weather Service in Fort Worth has issued a Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow and sleet … which is in effect from midnight tonight to 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Precipitation will begin as rain in northwest parts of North Texas early Wednesday morning … continuing to overspread North Texas. As temperatures fall to below freezing Wednesday morning … the precipitation will transition to a freezing rain and sleet mixture before changing to all snow by early afternoon.
Total sleet and snow accumulations are expected to range from one to three inches. In addition … a few hundredths of an inch of freezing rain could coat roads and exposed objects before the precipitation transitions to sleet and snow by mid morning.
All wintry precipitation is expected to taper off during the afternoon. Snow flurries may persist into the evening hours in eastern counties. A winter storm warning means significant amounts of snow … sleet … and ice are expected or occurring. This will make travel very hazardous or impossible.”
And, yes, it’ll be bitterly cold again. The weather service says wind chills will reach near zero in some parts of North Texas from Wednesday evening until sunrise on Thursday.
The Weather Channel’s forecast has the area warming to 36 degrees on Thursday, 47 on Friday and sunny and 50s for the weekend.
Snow art by Sara. Drawn with an icicle
This one loves snow as much as I do 🙂 She was running circles around the cactus (aka running from the camera!)
Yesterday was actually snow day #4, but the first day that we actually had snow, and not ice and sleet. We woke up to a winter wonderland, and ended up with about 6 inches (15cm) of snow. Unfortunately it was the powdery stuff, so there will be no pictures of snowmen or snowball fights.
The view of our street.
My car’s tire
I guess if you can’t build a snowman, clearing the snow off mommy’s car is the next best thing?
A heart, created by the falling snow from a tree branch
Glittery snow, once the sun finally came out again.
It’s a beautiful, sunny day today, with clear blue skies. Temperatures will finally be above freezing again, and after being held hostage by whoever is in charge of clearing the roads, it looks like we will finally be able to GO somewhere again. I expect all the snow to be melted away by sometime tomorrow, but I still have a few snowy pictures (and snowflakes) to share in the days to come.
Some more pictures from our winter storm yesterday. I went outside three times, for about 5 minutes each, and that’s all it took for my fingers to get so cold that I couldn’t feel them anymore. Wouldn’t have been so bad out, if it wasn’t for the wind!
Icy plum tree
Frozen blackberry leaves
Frozemary (aka frozen rosemary)
Leaves of whatever plant that is with the red berries. See those “snowflakes” on that leaf in the bottom right corner? If only I had seen them earlier! By the time I started editing the pictures (hours after taking them!) and went back outside to search for them, they had disappeared.
Frozen dandelion that I picked and placed on the porch railing
Half-buried leaf and dead grass
My (slightly warped) reflection in one of my car’s icy side windows. Note the lobster-red fingers that I couldn’t feel at that point and wouldn’t have known if they had snapped off from the cold 😉
I know I promised flower pictures, but it snowed here in the Dallas area yesterday, and how can I not post snow pictures for the next two weeks? Just kidding, I will only torture you with snow pictures for the next three days, and I will keep my promise and post a flower bonus this afternoon.
We couldn’t find any snow penguins (here is a larger view), just two little snow men. The first one was built by Melissa and set on top of our privacy fence so he could look out into the neighborhood. Sara placed hers next to our back porch. She was trying to make him a little hat out of pebbles, but then changed her mind.
Nothing like a freak snowstorm on the first day of spring to end your vacation with 😉
Does this first picture tell you anything about me?
Our last morning in Estes Park, we went back to Rocky Mountain National Park one more time to check out Sprague Lake, which of course was frozen. It was a cold morning and we didn’t stay long. Melissa wasn’t feeling that well either, so it was a good thing that it was time to head toward home.
Pikes Peak at Four Mile. Don’t they look thrilled?
An old tree somewhere on Pikes Peak.
Cog Rail Depot
On the train, waiting.
Crazy people! Trying to hide from the camera. I don’t know what Sara was doing! LOL
Probably the strangest thing we’ve seen on our vacation. This was a sign on the side of a steep mountain (Pikes Peak to be exact). No lake, pond, or river anywhere near it.
Seems that we realy did bring back some snow from Colorado, because we woke up to 7 inches (18cm) of snow this morning! Whoohoo!!
It’s already starting to melt, and tomorrow’s high is supposed to be back in the 60’s. Poor Melissa won’t be able to enjoy it because she’s sick (102F fever!)
And here is a little video bonus from Sara
(This is one of many videos she took this morning, and she kept pushing the “stop record” button too early, and this is what she was apologizing for at the beginning of this 🙂 )
This was Friday morning…
And this was Saturday morning…
and by Sunday morning, the yard had turned into a muddy mess around a small lake where the cactus and plum tree are.
Never said it would be a long break from snow pictures, but fortunately for you sadly I only have a few left to post.