When I left the house this morning the temperature on my back patio was 0.9 degrees (digital thermometer). It’s early December not early January. Normally, we get a last gasp of Indian Summer during this week where temperatures will briefly near or even top 60 degrees. Not this year – right into the freezer. Record low temperatures have been recorded this week in the area and in Northern Illinois although I don’t think Springfield has broken any records yet. With natural gas prices up over 50%, the cold isn’t good news.
Now, to go along with the icy temperatures we have measurable snow on the way for tomorrow; 2-4 inches in the latest National Weather Service forecast. Most years we don’t see any of the white stuff until at least Christmas (see, I said the “C” word, Bill). And we’ve already had a couple of light snow/dustings.
Let’s hope this moderates and soon.