Ice Storm Pics

By: GardenGrrl , 11:58 PM GMT on December 06, 2013

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A big winter storm has made it across the nation leaving low temps, snow and ice in it's wake.

Here are a few pictures of what things are like in my neighborhood.

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41. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
6:24 PM GMT on December 12, 2013
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40. GardenGrrl
11:16 AM GMT on December 11, 2013
Opps, wait, missed a few before I hit send. Darn the speed blogging before work.

Hi Shore, that is a cool link for Cornell's Birders Lists (see Shores comment #33)
Will be doing some more looking and signing up tomorrow.

Hi Jane, yeah when it rains it pours or in Texas case we go from the high 70's one day to three inches of ice and below freezing temps in 24 hours. I hope that helps everyone understand how we get the politicians we get here.
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39. GardenGrrl
11:10 AM GMT on December 11, 2013
Good Morning made it to and from work. Side roads were not too bad.

Hi Sandi, will wander over to Briars blog today, you have me curious. Feeling much better this morning too :)

Hi WTS, those falling ice sheets are something. The new thing to watch for are sheets of ice coming off car roofs on the freeway and taking out the windshield of the car behind them.
That's a cool cat lol.

Hi Ylee, those look kind of steampunk. I would need an ornate brass jet pack and a red parasol to go with those.
Either that is Roxie on our walks or me at the chocolate shop.
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38. sandiquiz
10:20 AM GMT on December 11, 2013
Oh, sorry... WU did a double post!

Well actually, I suppose it was me who did the double post, but it was WU's fault for being slow!
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37. sandiquiz
10:14 AM GMT on December 11, 2013
How did it go? Hope it was OK... Will be glad when you "check" in!

There is a video posted by Briar, in her blog, you will like... check it out at #66 if you have time:)
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36. Ylee
5:52 AM GMT on December 11, 2013
Remind you of anybody? :' )

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35. Ylee
3:26 AM GMT on December 11, 2013
Maybe you need a pair of these to get to work, GG! :' )

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34. JanesVacation
11:39 PM GMT on December 10, 2013
I've been seeing the videos of the sheets of ice falling from the roofs. What an incredible sight. Hope you feel better soon! Everything happens all at once sometimes.
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33. shoreacres
11:30 PM GMT on December 10, 2013
You may know all about this, but I thought you'd be interesting in this online birding site. It's a neat way to record your sightings - and heaven knows you have plenty!
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32. WatchinTheSky
11:17 PM GMT on December 10, 2013
All this talk of ice made me reminisce about a trip to the Great White North (actually, Kanata) a few years ago. These signs were an eye catcher - Chute de Glace! This was a 3 story building with steep copper roof.


Came across this kitty on my short sight seeing time. Poor kitty, that's one big but cold cat box!!

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31. sandiquiz
9:21 PM GMT on December 10, 2013
'Sending good luck'!!

Hope you found enough safe roads for your trip to work...and back!

How are you after the tumble.... Any bruises beginning to form? Hope not!
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30. GardenGrrl
10:57 AM GMT on December 10, 2013
Hi All, am off to work this morning. Wish me luck. They still have some bridges closed as they are trying to remove the cobble stone ice. Still it is better than yesterday.

It is the melt a bit and re-freezing over night that is making this the longest ice storm event I can remember. We just don't have the resources to deal with it.

Hi Briar, this is really something. They have been blocking off streets/sidewalks to remove ice from buildings with slanted roofs. It has been sliding off in sheets and totaling cars parked on the street. Thank goodness no one has been hit.

Hi WTS, you have a point. After this ice apocalypse there will probably be zombies. Twinkies will indeed keep through all these crisis. Darn my lack of fore thought prior to the storm.
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29. WatchinTheSky
3:20 AM GMT on December 10, 2013
People must have really been worried! Twinkies have a shelf life of 50 years, I'm sure that's why they go first ;)
Let's see, ice has 90% of the density of water and the snow to water ratio is around 10-12 to 1 so 3 inches of ice might have been 30 inches of snow! Yikes!!
Maybe studs for the soles of your shoes, GG? Works for tires;)
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28. BriarCraft
2:01 AM GMT on December 10, 2013
3 inches of ice is more than I've ever seen. When we get freezing rain here, it seldoms accumulates to more than half an inch. And that causes all sorts of damage. I can't even imagine what 3 inches of the stuff would do.

Thanks for looking up the weight of ice and doing the math. Carports in Sandi's neighborhood wouldn't fare any better. I can certainly see why people are shoring them up with ladders and whatever else they can scrounge.

Now that the store is out of stock on Twinkies, the Ding Dongs will be next to go.

I sure am glad you didn't do serious damage to yourself with your icecapades. You be really, really careful, okay? And keep on taking pictures when you can!
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27. GardenGrrl
7:49 PM GMT on December 09, 2013
Hi Aquak, no this is not something we are used to. I think this is the worst I have seen. Usually within 24 hours it is back to business as usual as the temps rise and the ice melts. Happy Merry Meatballs!

Hi Ylee, I was really worried I broke something. The wrist isn't swollen anymore but my tailbone still hurts. Do you think I can get workmans comp because I was clearing the way so I could go to work lol.

Hi Calpoppy, over in Plano, some sheets of ice slid off an apartment building and smooshed the roofs, broke out the windows or dented the hoods of a few parked cars. They showed a picture of a gal looking at the cars while wearing a soup kettle on her head so the ice wouldn't hit it. Safety first.
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26. calpoppy
7:28 PM GMT on December 09, 2013
You had better wear a hard hat when you go outside, that ice could cause more then a concussion!!!
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25. Ylee
7:28 PM GMT on December 09, 2013
Well, at least there still were some Ding Dongs! :' ) you were lucky you didn't break something; a lady here slipped on the ice and broke her wrist. It was the first recordable we had in over a month!

3" is a lot of ice! Think of what it would been if it was snow!
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24. aquak9
6:34 PM GMT on December 09, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to share the pics. Wow, what else can I say. Hard to believe it's real. I guess, ya'll are used to seeing it? Not here...we broke high temp records for 3 days in a row.

greetings from NE Fla (jacksonville), stay warm.
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23. GardenGrrl
6:31 PM GMT on December 09, 2013








Took these shots with camera phone. Store is pretty bare. Trucks have not been getting through to re-supply the stores.

Twinkies seem to be very popular.
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22. GardenGrrl
6:29 PM GMT on December 09, 2013
Hi Shore, glad you were not hurt doing stair sledding. (Also glad you did not end up on you-tube.)
The new ice falling we have to worry about here is from over head and off the roofs of our cars.
The ice is breaking off in heavy sheets and falling.

Hi WTS, I hope it doesn't get cold enough for super conduction. Right now it is cold enough to cause random acceleration of moving objects over ice in all directions or in place.

Hi Sandi, thank you for the beautiful Advent candles. I like the idea of a Peace candle.
Our carports usually succumb to high winds. Being metal with hollow metal posts they can carry a pretty decent roof load. Kind of has me hoping my home roof is up to the load.

Hi SP, yeah, this is an unusually bad ice storm so I am just staying inside. Not worth wrecking the car. The ice is about 3 inches thick here. In parts of nearby Fort Worth they have up to six inches.

So, roof load math; one cubic foot of ice weighs 59.52lbs.

A carport here is roughly 30 feet by 20 feet. The ice is 3 inches thick.

30x20x.25 = 150sqft 150x59.52 = 8928lbs.

so, carport roofload after this ice storm is 8928lbs +/-

Don, Good Gosh, that is some cold weather. Hope your heat stays on. -14 is crazy cold. Stay safe.

Hi Karen, that is a nice picture. I think it does show the cool weather and wind pretty good. Glad your mom did not have a car under that car port. The insurance would be a nightmare with car insurance fighting house insurance over who pays.

Hi Jane, I keep thanking my lucky stars I have power. Over a hundred thousand people lost power during the storm. Over all I have a whole lot of gratitude for my own situation.

Hi Calpoppy, I think it's illegal for passengers to be in the back of pick-ups here too. They were just a family of thrill seekers driving slow through the neighborhoods looking at the damage.


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21. shoreacres
2:58 AM GMT on December 09, 2013
My gosh. That falling on ice business is dangerous. I'm glad you weren't hurt more badly, and I'm glad you've got tomorrow off.

I was reading on Twitter last night about "cobblestone ice", and the DFW road crews trying to get traffic off the roads so they could try and deal with it. I've not heard that phrase used for ice before, but it's perfectly descriptive. There's not a question in the world what they're talking about, or why it would be so dangerous.

When I lived in Victoria back in - hmmmmm - well, the late 80s, we had a heck of an ice storm. I stepped out of my second floor apartment, took that first step and that was it. I went all the way to the bottom on my rear end, hitting every step on the way down. I wasn't hurt at all, because I had on a long, heavy coat. My mom, aunt and uncle were visiting at the time. They thought it was strange I'd be running down the steps.

A hot meal and a good night's sleep'll do you good. At least you don't have to worry about driving in the stuff. We're going to be up in the low 50's tomorrow, so with luck you'll get some melting.
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20. GardenGrrl
11:32 PM GMT on December 08, 2013
Hi All, I guess this December will go down as the Snowpacalypse. We are still digging out and now the East Coast is getting hammered.

With unseasonable temps below freezing, our three to six inches of sleet and ice is hanging in there.

Yesterday it seemed the entire neighborhood was working on breaking ice off their cars and driveways. Many carports were sagging and people shored them up with ladders and creative board stacking.

I have never seen a snow or ice storm collapse carports in the 14 years I've lived here.

The streets were sheer thick ice. The stuff on the driveway and yards is slick but the street ice is brutal. Yesterday I called in to work for today because if this is any indication, driving anywhere is just plain nuts. The overnight freeze of Fridays ice storm made things worse.

Then of course I just had to accidently step on the street and do a Charlie Brown with a football type wipe out. Was so glad things quit hurting because I did not want to try driving to the ER.

Today I'm pretty sore. The boss called and bless his heart wanted to know if I wanted Monday off too. Really hate to burn pto, but between my back and wrist hurting and what is turning out to be a cold instead of allergies. I'm willing to burn the time.

So that is why I haven't been online. Between spending yesterday ice breaking (and break dancing) and just being plain wore out from a cold, well wasn't feeling quite as wordy as I am now lol.

Anyhow, dinner is done so will finish saying individual hellos after.
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19. calpoppy
8:26 PM GMT on December 08, 2013
Hi GG! Poor people with the carport!!! But what really shocked me was seeing people in the back of a pick up truck!!! We have had a law for many years against that in Cali!

We are at 34 degrees and it is almost 12:30! Supposed to be colder tomorrow. No snow for us though, there goes my christmas card with the pups in the snow, gotta think of something else now :(
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18. sandiquiz
12:19 PM GMT on December 08, 2013


The 'Candle of Peace' is lit, knowing full well that peace is elusive, and in some parts of the world, it is almost completely absent. Yet during Advent, the Season of Peace and Love, we 'hope' that there is just a little more peace, love and kindness around the world.

Hi GG - I do hope you managed to break out the car, so you could get to work, and an even bigger HOPE is that the roads have been salted and the surface not too slippery or dangerous!

Take it easy...:)
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17. JanesVacation
2:33 AM GMT on December 08, 2013
What a HUGE amount of ice. Thanks for sharing the pictures. No snow or ice here - it is too cold! The temperature is 14 tonight and that is too cold for the snow.

Hope you don't have too much damage when it all melts. Glad you have power. Take care!
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16. SBKaren
12:21 AM GMT on December 08, 2013
All I can say is brrrrrrr! We don't heat our house up very much - tops out at 64ยบ for the inside. Today it had a hard time keeping it at that all morning long! It's not freezing, but it's still cold. We had rain, then it cleared, now it's windy and chilly! (I hesitate to use the word cold when I see so many others dealing with much lower temps).

We walked down to Main St. just a bit ago and I took a picture. This is on the pier looking back at Main St. You can see the clouds retreating and the flag is blowing. I tried to capture it straight out, as I mostly saw it, but you just don't know what you'll get when the camera snaps!


My mom had an awning similar to that one that fell. It came down in a very strong wind. Thank goodness this was after she stopped driving and sold her car, otherwise it would have been underneath! She's positioned at the end of a street where the wind just howls! Normally, during the summer, that's a good thing as it provides her with a cool ocean breeze, but during the winter, it can be darn cold!
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15. MNTornado
11:36 PM GMT on December 07, 2013
Well sky, it's not that cold yet, but it's been pretty cold up here in Minnesota with the blast of cold air bulldozing it's way South through Minnesota, North and South Dakota, and Montana. As of 5 am this morning we were at -14 degrees F with a wind chill factor (what it really feels like) of -28 degrees F here on the SW side of the Twin Cities. Up in the Northwestern part of Minnesota, the temperature dropped to a low of -31 degrees F with a wind chill factor of -50 at 7am. And we are expected to repeat nearly the same thing tonight and we have a 2nd snow storm coming through over night. We are not expected to get as much snow as the last storm, but that will depend on the exact path the storm takes. It's definitely starting to look like Winter and we are going to have a White Christmas. I fear for the folks East and South of Minnesota with this second storm coming through.

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14. sp34n119w
10:17 PM GMT on December 07, 2013
Pretty pics of a pretty awful event. I wonder how much the ice on the carport weighed ... they're fairly sturdy, I thought, so it must be a lot.
Sledding looks fun :)
Glad you could avoid the mess, gg, at least for awhile.
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13. shoreacres
9:59 PM GMT on December 07, 2013
I just got back from the store and my bank T/Temp said 35. That may be right, as WU says 39 or 37, depending. I know it's cold, for sure.

I heard about that person who died when their truck spun out and went into Lake Lewisville - terrible.

Those pics of the ice-covered plants always are so pretty. Ice covered wires, car doors, and so on - not so much. Hope you're staying warm.
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12. WatchinTheSky
9:05 PM GMT on December 07, 2013
Hi MNT, with all the news coverage of this event I figured the temps must be getting close to that! lol
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11. MNTornado
7:53 PM GMT on December 07, 2013
Quoting 8. WatchinTheSky:
As electrical conductors got very cold they can become super conductors so WU should be loading super fast! I'm sure that's how it works ;)
Except for the damage in the first two photos, they are very nice captures of the season!
Funny visual - Roxie spinning her wheels on the ice. A bit like Theia on the tile floor :)

Car frozen closed, for the better, I think, until roads are safe again! Stay warm.


If it ever gets that cold that copper wires become supper conductors, we are not going to be standing here. Supper conductivity doesn't start till it gets to at least -230 degrees F.
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10. palmettobug53
7:46 PM GMT on December 07, 2013
Brrrrrrrrrr.......

Just the thing I needed to cool off. I'm sweating here.
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9. sandiquiz
11:18 AM GMT on December 07, 2013
Oh, that looks nasty!

Hope the temperatures lift a little before you have to go out in it tomorrow.
I am glad to see it wasn't your carport, but that is what can happen with the extra weight of snow and ice. We never get snow/ice like that here, but by code, all carports, not that there are many these days, have to support the weight of two men, so 400lb, about.

Take it easy...:)
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8. WatchinTheSky
5:18 AM GMT on December 07, 2013
As electrical conductors got very cold they can become super conductors so WU should be loading super fast! I'm sure that's how it works ;)
Except for the damage in the first two photos, they are very nice captures of the season!
Funny visual - Roxie spinning her wheels on the ice. A bit like Theia on the tile floor :)

Car frozen closed, for the better, I think, until roads are safe again! Stay warm.
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7. GardenGrrl
4:31 AM GMT on December 07, 2013
Hi All, the temps are still below freezing so the roads are a hard bumpy rutted icy mess.

This isn't snowman snow. It's hard pack. Tough to walk on too. Roxie can't get traction which is kind of funny seeing her try to pull the leash.

Has anyone noticed WU was taking forever to load today?

Hi Briar, no it's not my carport. Yes this is very hard on the trees. Lots of branches curved downwards under the weight of the ice.

Hi Prose, oh no, this one is not normal. Every few years we get one like this that shuts everything down.

Hey Ylee, sounds like you all have a mess too. Ice hid by snow sure is sneaky slippery.
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6. BriarCraft
4:10 AM GMT on December 07, 2013
Is Ylee right? That isn't your carport? I sure hope it isn't.

I got interrupted when I was here earlier, so I'm back for a closer look at your photos.

You made the CBS evening news tonight, if that means anything. Ice storms aren't all that common, are they?

Corgi on Ice! You could maybe charge admission for a show like that, especially around Christmastime.
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5. Ylee
3:21 AM GMT on December 07, 2013
I'm glad that wasn't your SUV under the carport! We had 0.3" of ice, followed by 1/2 inch of sleet, topped off by about 6" of snow!
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4. Proserpina
1:15 AM GMT on December 07, 2013
Great photos but I am sure not great walking around the neighborhood conditions. Is this normal for your area?

I particularly like that last photo.
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3. BriarCraft
1:08 AM GMT on December 07, 2013
Oh my!!!

This has got to wreak havoc with your outdoot plants!
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2. GardenGrrl
12:36 AM GMT on December 07, 2013
WTS Is First!

Hi, it certainly is cold here. The car is iced shut, can't get in it. That's okay, don't want to drive on the roads anyways.
The snow is a hard pack. Real slippery. Roxie was spinning her little paws trying to go up hill. Was sort of cute.
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1. WatchinTheSky
12:07 AM GMT on December 07, 2013
Yikes! Hope you fared better than the photos. Looks ccoolldd!! Icy and snowy. Poor Roxie toes :(
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