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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Freezing Rain...

9:56 am - 38 degrees - raining...

We had several days of freezing rain which left behind a thick layer of ice giving everything a beautiful semi-gloss finish.  

Although it was beautiful, it was horrible to drive in.  After the the county road and our driveway had been blown and plowed, we were left with a thick ice layer that would not go away.

We were having to chain up and drive in 4-low, 1st gear every time we traversed the super slick road and driveway.  After a day and a half of chaining up my rig to take the kids to school and go pick them up, I was able to put on and take off my chains in 5 minutes!  I think that's pretty good.

Nothing would break through that thick ice layer so we were stuck with waiting until we had a few days of warmer weather.  Tony was then able to break up the ice a bit and the above freezing temperatures and rain has done the rest.

We are now left the ugly snow...  the snow that has been plowed, blown and shoved that has dirt, mud, gravel, and rock mixed in.  

At least the driveway and road are finally melting out though!  It has now been two days since I have had to use chains.  We're still having to use 4-wheel drive in a few spots on the driveway, but after the rainfall today, we may be back to regular driving conditions!   

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