The snow reached Champaign shortly after sunrise, and continued throughout the day as the temperature plummeted & the wind piled drifts everywhere.

Here at Stately Rice Manor, we have an impressive drift across the driveway. (We get one from every snowstorm. Perhaps we should have analyzed the prevailing winds with an eye toward drift formation patterns; we might’ve chosen a house on the other side of the street.)

Everything in Champaign County is shut down, today and tomorrow. The state police has issued warnings to stay off the highways: conditions are so bad that stranded motorists may not survive until help can reach them.

I hadn’t planned on going anywhere. When I was young and indestructible, I might’ve attempted it; but I am no longer young (and never was indestructible).