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

Aug 9, 2012
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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!


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

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


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Another snowy hike through the woods

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

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

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

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Snowy sunrise

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Another snowy scene behind the WIU agricultural center.

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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.