The city of Utica is in central New York - a couple of hours drive west from my location in good weather. They could be anywhere, especially since they’re from Ft. Bragg in North Carolina. Who knows? Maybe they went to see Niagara Falls, or, God forbid, met with foul play at a motel or rest stop. Also, with all the snow that’s been dropping all around the state, in many places it was accompanied by freezing rain - or at least freezing drizzle. Icy roads - especially black ice - makes for an awful surprise while driving. Hopefully, whomever was driving has had some experience driving in such icy conditions. If not, it’s a surefire way to go off the road, over a steep embankment or cliff. I wonder if their family in Utica knows what routes they were to be traveling. That would be a big help to law enforcement to at least know the roads they were expected to be using.
Had a couple of snow storms here, with some freezing rain tossed into the mix. My lower back is still hurting like crazy. I should have just purchased a new snowblower. Still have about 20 feet to go to reach the carriage house and I gave up on the public walk in front of my house - just too much ice from the water main breaks.
Sunday began with freezing drizzle (read: black ice again!) and changed over to a steady light rain until around 3:30 PM. Still cloudy/overcast, but mostly calm. Looks like we’ll have fog in a few hours. The daytime high was only 33 (F), but after sunset a warm air mass began moving in. By 10:55 PM it was up to 41 F / 5 C, but 10 minutes later the temperature began dropping. At 2:10 AM (Monday) it’s down to 38 F / 3 C.
The little brook at the bottom of the hill has been a little loud this evening and tonight between the rain and snow melt.
And for those who keep track of weather/climate on birds, at 5 PM (Sunday) a flock of about 200 robins landed in the tree tops on the hill across the brook behind my son’s house. They headed northeast after resting about 5 minutes. Noisy they were! I also spotted to song sparrows (beautiful copper-colored heads and necks) under the bird feeder in front of my son’s house. I think these birds are about 4 to 6 weeks early this year.