Thursday/ freezing rain is trouble

We completed our ‘blueprinting’ phase workshops in for our project today.  Weather wise, the light snow of the last few days gave way to freezing rain* in the Salt Lake City area. There was so much of the stuff that the airport was closed for a few hours after a JetBlue plane skidded after landing (no injuries, and it stayed on the runway).  It also made for a slow and treacherous drive out to the airport from Ogden.

*[From Wikipedia] Freezing rain is made entirely of liquid droplets. The raindrops become super-cooled while passing through a sub-freezing layer of air many hundreds of feet above the surface, and then freeze upon impact with any object they encounter. The resulting ice, called glaze, can accumulate to a thickness of several centimeters.

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Tweet from Mike Seidel reporting for the Weather Channel about the freezing rain in the Salt Lake City area.
My little red rental wagon had an ice blanket as I was preparing to drive it back to the airport. And the parking lot was as slippery as an ice rink in places. Watch out !


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