Freezing Rain along Cedar Creek Road
Straddling the boundary between Buncombe and Rutherford Counties, Cedar Creek Road is a lightly traveled trail that goes from paved to gravel, as do many forest roads along the Blue Ridge. Elevation goes from 1300 feet at Bill’s Creek Road, north of Lake Lure, to 1,800 feet where it meets Old Fort-Bat Cave Road just below Round Mountain. Just as you enter eastern Buncombe County, the elevation rises to 1,600 feet, and that’s where I found the first signs of freezing rain this morning. Sleet was falling, as you can see in the image of this 19th century barn.
The ice was collecting below the steep metal roof, as you can see on either side.
Looking back to the east toward Rutherford County.
With the temperature hovering right at freezing, I didn’t trust getting onto Old Fort-Bat Cave Road, so I turned around and headed back into Rutherford County.
Just below the freezing line, you would never suspect that ice was just a quarter mile up the road.