How about this recent winter landscape?!
While snow cover is not at all uncommon in the winter here, the last few days have provided a more unique ice crystal-covered look to things, and even some “odd” snow.
Recent fog, a smidge of wind, and a chilly ground have helped provide a coating of rime ice on trees.
Some of this ice on trees was fluffy or feathery, giving it an atypical but pretty look. Much of this is hoar frost. Patches of clearing helped, but again it was cold ground temperatures and an air mass “primed” to saturate into ice crystals on colder objects.
Finally, there have been stripes of snow downwind of factories/plants with exhausts. The released particulate matter is ideal for very cold water droplets, such as in the current clouds, to attach onto and form ice crystals (snow). A similar event (Dec 12, 2014) write-up can be found here: https://www.weather.gov/lot/2014dec12
DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM CST WEDNESDAY... * WHAT...Visibility one quarter mile or less in dense fog and freezing fog. * WHERE...Portions of central, north central and northeast Illinois. * WHEN...Until 10 AM CST Wednesday. * IMPACTS...Hazardous driving conditions due to low visibility. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Below freezing temperatures and fog may lead to slippery spots on untreated elevated surfaces. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... If driving, slow down, use your headlights, and leave plenty of distance ahead of you.
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