01-15-2022/01-16-2022 Heavy Snow, Freezing Fog, Hoar Frost: IL

Aug 9, 2012
Macomb, IL
We had our second significant snowfall of the season on Friday night into Saturday morning which left for quite a few photogenic scenes across West Central IL. Snowfall reports ranged from 5" just E of here to over 10" in Southeast Iowa. Parts of Central Iowa were slammed with up to 15" of snow near Des Moines (14.3" officially). I measured over 6" here at home, however with compaction it was difficult to judge, this was quite a wet snow with a water to snow ratio likely somewhere around 5-8:1.

Anyway here are several photographs I managed to capture yesterday and this morning. This morning was exceptional with a beautiful sunrise, hoar frost all over most of the trees, some rime ice in areas, and heavy snow still stuck to everything.

It was also well below zero as well, I had hoped for a sun dog, but no luck!

Heavy snow falling early Saturday morning with strong wind gusts blowing it around creating low visibility.

Snow covered path through the woods after the snow stopped Saturday morning

Another snowy hike through the woods

Western Illinois University sign with heavy snow coating the landscape on Saturday morning


Sunrise this morning near Spring Lake outside Macomb, IL. My car registered a balmy 6 degrees below zero at sunrise.

Frosty morning with the sun peeking over the horizon near Lakeview Nature Preserve in McDonough County, IL

Snowy sunrise

Another snowy scene behind the WIU agricultural center.

Overlook high above Macomb as the fog started to lift this morning around 9am.

All the images I shot were using a Sony A7RIII and 70-200mm F/2.8 GM lens, 100-400mm F/4-5.6 GM lens, and 24mm F/1.4 GM lens in and around Macomb and Western Illinois.