I saw someone biking along the river. With studs. And she stopped to let the air out of her tires for better traction. Looks like Cambridge Street was shut down for a while due to that pileup. As was the Eliot Bridge, Mem Drive, Storrow Drive, the Harvard Bridge, 128 and 93.
Tomorrow should be fun. Looks like we might get a foot. Worlds next week will be legit.
Wild indeed. Proper freezing rain (I assume that's what you got?) is something I've only had the experience of once, in Oslo a couple of years ago. Very quickly learned that you can't do an intervals session on sheet ice :-).
I still suspect there are people in the western suburbs of Sydney who wouldn't mind doing a swap just at the moment (not sure exactly how hot it will get there on Saturday but 115 is a reasonable working estimate).
Ugh, no, they can keep their 115! I want the snowstorms, freezing rain, and wild temperature swings. It's my favorite part about New England.
This was probably my third time experiencing freezing rain. In all instances, it's been terrifying. The first two times I was trying to drive somewhere. I don't recommend that experience.
We used to get a fair amount of freezing rain and ice storms in NB. Actually they just had one a couple weeks ago that made some people lose power for almost a week. One storm when I was growing up caused a fir tree in our front yard to split in half down the trunk from the weight of the ice on the boughs and our two story tall birch tree bowed over to made a complete arch that my brother climbed over! It can be incredibly beautiful to see everything encased in ice but very destructive. Still better than 115 though!
That's actually something completely different - freezing spray from wave splash on the lakeshore in high winds - the topography around Lake Geneva is a perfect funnel for northeasterly winds (the coldest direction in central Europe), so cold spells are often also very windy there and create quite large waves (1-2m) on the lake. I was there during a very cold spell in February 2012 and there was heavy icing anywhere close to the shoreline, with numerous moored boats sinking under the weight of accumulated ice.
We get a few freezing rain storms every year in Southern Ontario but usually we just say "Game On" ;-)
I'm in Parry Sound this weekend (where almost everyone cheers for the Boston Bruins) and there is a LOT of snow but snowshoeing is tough because there is 20cm of powder on a thick freezing rain ice layer/lens which is one top of another ~30cm of powder and then on a thick dense base of snow.