It’s hard to describe the chill that is in the air this morning when I arose and ventured out to a steady snow that fell outside my home. Living as I do in southwest Missouri near a town named Forsyth; snow is a rare event to be sure.
The National Weather Service had called for a brief spate of sleet before the precipitation from a storm moving in from the southwest transitioned over to snow. This was on Thursday, January the 28th. I monitored conditions all evening as the temperature outside went from 34F at 6PM to about 31F at midnight when it at last began to sleet. The sleet lasted on an off for a couple of hours before transitioning over to snow sometime between 2AM and 3AM. The late onset was due to a ‘pesky’ dry layer that took longer than anticipated to saturate. By 4AM the temperature bottomed out at 25F with a light snow falling. The winds for most of the overnight hours were from the northeast at around two to five mile per hour. This was pretty much the scenario that the weather service had called for and I have to take my hat off to them. I guess I’ll leave the forecasting up to the professionals.
I got up just at sunrise (which is at 7:15AM at this time of year) and took a few photos of what looks to be about an inch of snow. When I stepped out side I was awed by how quiet it gets when snow muffles everything around you. I could also just see across the Bull shoals river to a major highway and could discern no traffic moving at all. That really wasn’t surprising although I’m sure some of the commuters will make a go of getting to work later in the morning. And yes, the picnic I had planned for this date has been canceled! Below an unlucky motorist ended up in a ditch.