The ice storm we are facing today began last night, shortly before nightfall. Forecasts call for issue with ice to continue for a while yet, though the sleet and freezing rain apparently are behind us. But the slightly rising temperatures that melted some of the ice on the roads, and the sunlight amplified by reflecting ice that melted some of the ice on the trees, have disappeared. We can expect temperatures tonight near 18 degrees. The weight of ice on the tree limbs will not improve. The thousands of cracked and broken and shattered limbs that litter the street and yards and rooftops will stay where they are; the weight of ice on limbs and branches that remain attached to trees my have weakened the wood enough so that there is more damage.
We are in danger of losing a huge tree in front and several large limbs of the large oak next to the house are bending dangerously close to the roof. Some limbs are in danger of collapse, some are simply weighing down the roof.
This is natural stuff. Nothing abnormal. But the results are not natural; they will require sawing and cutting and disposal. If limbs crash into the roof, shingles and, perhaps, sheathing will require repair.
Dammit. Dammit. Dammit. I did not want to deal with this stuff. Particularly when my sister-in-law is visiting; she’s leaving Tuesday. We’re effectively house bound for a good part of her visit. Dammit.
I can’t complain about nature. Not really. But I can be annoyed with nature.