It turns out that the ice storm I was so excited about on the 23rd was merely the tip the iceberg. Frozen ground covered in sleet and a bout of wintry weather set the stage for another storm to move through yesterday on the 25th. That storm (the Weather Channel called it Remus) would be the most intense snowstorm that this little subtropical Southern city has seen in well over a decade. The last time I recall such a storm was circa 2000, and the brunt of the snowfall occurred at night. This time, the ground was primed to accumulate and the storm set up to dump some heavy snow all day long. The problem with snow in Shreveport is that flurries aren’t terribly uncommon: it’s accumulation, heavy and consistent snowfall that never happens (or at least takes a decade to happen again). Welp, now it’s over, and I’ll be 40 (and hopefully long-gone from this city) before it snows here again.
I finally got my wish! The same storm that’s been icing up the central plains came by the subtropics and dumped a mixture of sleet, snow and freezing rain all day long. This is our first significant ice event this winter and the most accumulation that’s occurred in a couple of years. Better yet, snow is still in the forecast for Wednesday!
I have a habit of looking at the clouds once every couple of hours, and I was just blown away by this display of cirrostratus. You can see cirrocumulus forming at the right of the photo from aircraft contrails. The high-level clouds align with the direction of the jet stream and movement in the upper atmosphere. They’re also damn beautiful.