Ahh, what a lovely winter day. When I got up at 5 AM, it was 17°. When I left for work at 6:15 AM, it had dropped to 13°. It continued to drop during the day, and it is now a balmy 7°. Even better, we had winds around 25 mph, with gusts up to 45 mph, resulting in wind chills around 20° below zero. Oh boy! We got some snow, but not too bad--the wind was blowing too hard for it to really stick! It wasn't too bad at Nutwood, but it was worse in town.
It was really kind of a cool drive to work, though, in a spooky, desolate kind of way. As you can imagine, there isn't a lot of traffic on the road at 6:15 on a Sunday morning, especially out here in the country. I felt a strange loneliness, but it was almost a good kind of lonely. Does that make sense? Sometimes it's a neat feeling to just enjoy the solitude of a deserted road. (I felt some of that on Route 66.) I saw a couple of really cool things. Several times I saw what I would call "snow devils," where the wind whips the snow into a tiny white tornado. One went right in front of me, and I think I went, "Ooooh!" I also got to see that snowy snakedance on the road, where the wind makes the snow undulate on the pavement. I KNOW I went, "Ooooh!" when I saw that! I didn't experience any actual whiteout conditions, but in some of the spots where open fields are to the left or right of the road, it was really blowing hard.
Conditions didn't improve once I got to work--another really busy day. We actually had to leave some lower-priority work, and we try our best not to do that, but our manager said to leave it and she'd come in early tomorrow and work on it. Bless her heart!
I'm certainly looking forward to my day off tomorrow!