The Triangle takes the threat of snow seriously. The forecast called for a "wintry mix" all day, and by last night all the school systems in the area declared they would be closed. So it was kind of funny when I woke up this morning and the ground was bone dry! I went into work an hour early so that I could get there before the snow started falling, and on the way the flurries started. It was so cool to see the snow blowing around on the road. At first I was puzzled by these strange lines that I noticed on the ground, but then I realized it must be that brine mixture that I heard about on the news.
I also passed by a snow plow sitting on the side of the road, and the local CBS affiliate's van pulled over with a reporter broadcasting live. I felt a swell of pride that lil' ol' Raleigh was so prepared for our version of "the worst," even if it never came.
By 9:30 the snow was coming down pretty good, but I doubt the plow ever had to spring into action. There was decent accumulation on the vegetation, but not much on the street.
I know this is a very trite observation, but falling snow is so beautiful. For so many people, it's as normal as rain, but it's still a new experience for me so I get excited by it. Days like today I am grateful for my desk near the window. (Most days I am just freezing.)
The snow stopped around noon, and it turned to rain. We were supposed to get freezing rain, but I don't think that ever came to be. My drive home was a breeze; wet ground but very light traffic. It's supposed to be warm enough tonight not to freeze, and tomorrow is supposed to be dry. This is my kind of weather! Snowy for one day--enough to be pretty and novel--and then back to normal.