As predicted, the storm started out here with light snow. The ground was very cold, so it stuck, but it was not unmanageable. A few hours ago, it changed over to sleet, and that shortly changed over to freezing rain.
Freezing rain is the worst. It weighs down the trees, and they either fall on the power lines, or their branches sag, touch the lines, and short them out. If this keeps up for any length of time, we'll have no power anywhere in the county. That's bad news for me, because we are the very last to have power restored in an outage. Our priority is low because none of the county potentates live out here, and very very few people live here at all. I can run the generator, and it's tested and ready to go, but I don't enjoy doing so. It has to be refueled, and it makes a terrific noise.
Temperatures for Wednesday and Thursday are forecast to have lows at or below zero. Tomorrow the temps won't rise enough to melt anything on the roads, so things will be tough. I have the Jeep down on the hard surface road. The truck is not designed for slippery road conditions so it is just parked on the pad under the trees for the duration of this "weather event."
Tomorrow around dusk I will put the outside cats and the dogs in the glass house, with the heater running. I'll move the silkies into their cage, and put that in one of the bathrooms. We should all make it through the night, whether the power goes out or not.
This is not at all fun. I feel sorry for the county fire department and Sheriff's department. The mentally challenged are working overtime. I listened to a conversation I couldn't believe this morning. Some dim wit went around the road barriers, and around the "road closed" signs, and took his Bronco up on one of the worst ridges in the county. Then he couldn't get down because of ice. He called 911 to be "rescued." The dispatcher told a Deputy to take a four wheel drive and go up and get him. That's a hell of a road at the best of times, and very dangerous in snow, let alone ice. I'd let the moron rot up there before I risked my life to go get him.
A few year ago a bunch of people drove up to the top of one of our highest mountains in the full knowledge a storm was coming. Then they got trapped and had to be lifted out by helo. I felt for that pilot. Flying a helicopter in snow flurries, in the mountains? To hell with that. I'd do it to rescue people who were there because they had to be, and who had some claim on me because we all relied on one another. But a bunch of idiots on a joyride? Not happening.
So far, this is just an inconvenience for me. I wait with some interest to see what develops, especially over the next few days.