The forecast changed rapidly and some times the news meteorologists have been wrong. But not a few days ago.
I drove up to my Christmas destination on the evening of the 23rd. It was really crazy. When I left it was 73 out. a 2.5 hour drive later and it was in the 40′s. The original forecast earlier that day talked about a chance of a trace of snow and really cold weather over Christmas. When I arrived the forecast change to 1-2″ of snow. Now bedtime we check again and now it’s changed to 2-4″ of snow but not until mid day after some rain and sleet.
So when we woke up, nothing major was taking place and my mother in law and I were headed into town to get some last minute things a little more food, just in case we lost power, etc. About 9 or so, sleet was starting to accumulate pretty fast so we took off. For me the roads were not that bad. Mostly slush at this point. By the time we were done, all the non snow driving people were getting stuck and trying to do things you just don’t do in the snowy weather. Then the winds pick up to a constant 20-30 mph level. Sleet hurts when it pelts you in the face at this speed.
By the time we got home they issued a blizzard warning and the snow started falling. It was just crazy. I think in total we got 7-8″. The snow drifts with the 50mph gusts created some areas that were over 20″ deep. It was fun and really cold, but it was nice to have a white Christmas.