That is the only way to describe the stuff on the ground and covering the cars. A very fine powder, though it is quite sturdy when packed together and frozen. I was walking on some earlier and left no visible footprints on most of it.
I watched it come down throughout yesterday. When I was not actively watching it pile up, I could usually hear it on the window. I ended up scraping ice off my car four times. The first time because I agreed to meet Rob at IHOP. Road conditions were not bad at all at that point. Just a couple slick spots on the turns. The second time was as I left IHOP. The third time was when I went to pick up Rob and his friend, who had tried to brave the cold and walk to the grocery store instead of driving. They spent 20 minutes struggling in the cold and ice before Rob called me. I got pizza and a few hours of company out of the deal, so I could not complain too much. The fourth time was when I left Rob's apartment. Rob and I helped scraped the other's car off. Because of the light dusting of powder on the ground at that point, road conditions were not as bad as they had been. Powder added a little bit of traction over the icy sludge. The thunderstorm started about the time I got home. I enjoyed listening to it as I got ready for bed and settled down for the night.
Of course, the stuff on the roads means drivers in Oklahoma, some of whom cannot drive in decent conditions, are freaking out. It amuses me. The base was closed down today because of the weather, which is no surprise, though it was rather interesting to know that I would not have to worry about driving to work in such conditions. Cops do not get days off just because of bad weather, although the bad weather makes for easier work shifts.
Being originally from the Seattle area where not a whole lot of snow or ice fall on the ground (usually; this winter was a rather interesting exception), my driving experience in the snow and ice was extremely limited before I joined the military. Even in England, I did not drive too much in the snow and ice. I was usually posted on the flight line, and we were under orders not to drive around unless we had to. So most of my experience in driving in snow and ice has been while I have been here in Oklahoma. It still somewhat amazes me how many people freak out down here over such conditions.
I was driving around a little while ago. I needed to get food from the grocery store. I should have checked to make sure I did not need to pick up cat food, but I forgot. Thus, at some point tomorrow, I will be going and getting cat food. Oh well. Hopefully the roads will be in better shape. The adventure to and from the grocery store was uneventful for the most part. I could see the snow plows out and about keeping the roads smooth enough for people to drive without too much problem, so long as they were careful when braking. I did have to pass one idiot who was driving barely 15 mph. The road conditions did not justify that, and I decided to go around them because they were continuously braking, making me afraid that I would end up rear ending them if my attention strayed away for too long. My car did try to get stuck a couple times, but a quick switch to reverse and another try solved the problem both times. I now have a good stock of food that should last a couple days.
More to come.