Ice Storm Along the Blue Ridge
As heavy rain moved into the Carolina mountains on Tuesday, upper level temperatures remained above freezing, but along the hills and valleys above 2,000 feet, the thermometer dropped below freezing just enough to produce one of the worst ice storms this area has seen in years. These photos were made along Bat Cave-Old Fort Road after sundown. The first picture is from the entrance to Stone Mountain School Road looking northeast into Rutherford County.
Stone Mountain School is a boarding school for sixty leaning disabled teenage boys. It lost power, as did most of the residents of the area. The next photo was made near the high gap between Stone and Round Mountains.
Like teeth on a dragon, icicles were a testament to the over two inches of heavy rain that fell. Below, early catkins are encased in ice like wasps in amber. Spring will be delayed just a few weeks it seems.