Left: Radar image of today's storm courtesy of Intellicast.com
(Toledo, OH) Northwest Ohio received its first legitimate winter storm today, snarling traffic on one of the busiest travel days of the year. Perhaps 2-3 inches of snow have fallen in my neighborhood.
As usual, the first snow also brought an avalanche of accidents in the city (sticking with the motif) caused by people not used to the slippery conditions. My auto was among today's dented vehicles; a careless driver pulled right into me. Luckily for both of us I was driving one of my ancient beaters, as the damage was too insignificant to even do more than shake hands and drive away.
My faithful friend Hershey, a senescent Labrador, knew exactly where to be tonight. He is the ultimate outside dog, and only comes in when temperatures dip below zero. He keeps receiving stays of execution from his procrastinating human cohabitants, and seems determined to prove the veterinarian wrong.
As long as he can still walk without assistance, and canine aspirin holds his arthritis at bay, I will continue to stoically put off his date with the Grim Reaper (historymike's tongue firmly in cheek).
If nothing else, Thanksgiving will have the blanket of meteorological authenticity that we always hope for, but detest driving through.