Boy, what a wild day this was. I had four inches of snow, and everything was looking pretty until around 6 a.m. Then it started to rain, even though it was still below freezing. Within seconds the trees were ice-coated. The promised above freezing temperatures never arrived, and now the trees are coated with as much ice as I've ever seen.
I still have power, but with 30 mph winds predicted for this evening, who can say how long that will continue. Trees are touching wires just about everywhere I look. The ski resort was closed today. Whether it was because people couldn't get up the mountain to get here or because of the ice or the rain, who knows? It was a mess, that's about the only thing I know.
By afternoon, the rain was not abating much, but the local birds were out and about everywhere. At any patch of open ground, flocks of juncos and sparrows were looking for food and grit. I filled my own feeders three times, and if any of the local birds are still hungry, don't blame me. I didn't see anything exotic at the feeders today, but I had a crowd of the usual suspects.
Late in the afternoon the rain finally stopped. I went outside and shook my conifer trees, trying to knock some of the ice off in hopes the trees will be able to recover from the U-shape they're all in now. It was very quiet here today--no traffic, no skiers, no one around.
It's already below freezing again, so tomorrow may be another interesting day, though I hope not.