We enjoyed a fabulous Christmas celebration with some good friends. We feasted on freshly-baked turkey, honey-glazed ham, fantastic sausage stuffing, breads, veggies, jello, and all the trimmings.
All the while watching the snow pile higher and deeper throughout Christmas day.
Yep, over the last eight hours we've gotten nearly a foot of snow, with much more to come, it looks like. The National Weather Service has this to say:
...NORTHERN WASATCH FRONT-SALT LAKE AND TOOELE VALLEYS- SOUTHERN WASATCH FRONT- 1000 PM MST THU DEC 25 2003
... HEAVY SNOW WARNING THROUGH FRIDAY...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL CONTINUE THE HEAVY SNOW WARNING FOR ALL OF THE WASATCH FRONT THROUGH FRIDAY. THIS INCLUDES THE AREAS FROM IDAHO BORDER SOUTH TO NEPHI... AS WELL AS THE TOOELE VALLEY.
SNOW... HEAVY AT TIMES... WILL CONTINUE THROUGH FRIDAY. STORM TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS THROUGH FRIDAY ARE EXPECTED TO RANGE FROM 5-12 INCHES NORTH OF SALT LAKE AND 6-14 INCHES TO THE SOUTH.
Merry Christmas to me! We planned on putting a humongous bow on my new Insight Christmas morning, but were precluded by snow on the car.
Now I guess I better reconsider my plan to not get those snow tires to replace my Potenzas for the next four months... then again, I don't think the Insight can even get through more than 6 inches of snow due to low ground clearance!
In case you wonder about the ground clearance question, here's a picture. This is on the lee of the house (the side away from the wind) so where the Insight is parked, with snow partially cleared off, is about four inches shallower than the rest of the snow past the house where our van is parked...
Here's Salt Lake compared to the rest of the nation on Christmas Day, and my Insight around 1 AM after getting back from our Christmas party:
It wasn't bad for our van to plow through the slush, but it will be interesting driving if this continues nicely through the winter as we hope it will (we badly need the water). Ahh, the fun! Too bad I won't get to drive my baby for a day or two -- except out of the driveway to shovel!