As promised by local meteorologists, Central Texas received a significant amount of snowfall overnight. Temperatures were below freezing for a full 48 hours prior, so the snow actually stuck around for a while. No one in these parts knows how to drive safely in snow, so schools and government offices were closed today, and children of all ages got to stay home and enjoy a rare snow day.
I slept in, but Jack said he was notified by our resident cardinal early this morning that the bird feeders needed attention. Mister reportedly hopped right up to our back door to get Jack's attention.
I hadn't realized this before today, but rain gauges apparently measure snowfall as well. Looks like we got a healthy inch.
Snow collected in, on and around all sorts of interesting spots in the garden, including this Gulf muhly seed head.
I liked how the leaves of my baby Texas mountain laurel caught the falling snow.
I'm one of the lucky ones: home from work, no frozen pipes, gas heat is on, water heater's working and the lights are on, too. Some of my friends are not so lucky, so keep them in your thoughts today. I'm off to make some hot chocolate to enjoy while looking at snow photos on other Austin-area blogs.
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