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Winter Storm Jonas Hits East Tennessee

Pictures from Elizabethton/Stoney Creek Tennessee

Winter Storm Jonas, the historical storm which has thrown ten states into states of emergency has arrived in Elizabethton, Tennessee. This tumultuous storm has caused travel bans and canceled over 9,000 flights from New England all the way down here to us where we wait tucked within the mountains of the South East doubting it will show.

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The first storm which came right before this one was gentle and poured down the best kind of snow. The sledding, snowball-making sticky snow we all crave. Sadly, it was almost gone the next day. Here is the covered bridge the next afternoon! Look, the grass is already peeking through the remaining snow and the day was already too warm for a heavy jacket by lunchtime.

“The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?

– J.B. Priestly

We knew it couldn’t last so we enjoyed it while we could and we had a blast! I wrote about it here:

Yesterday, Jonas was arriving or so the news claimed. But by noon, still nothing. My mother-in-law and I decided we needed some groceries so we went out. Yes, despite all the dire warnings not to. But seriously, it looked good. All was still and lovely. We weren’t the least concerned. Until about two when the ice attacked. Our car was covered in no time and then it started to snow. The wind had picked up too. Perhaps we might get this storm after all we decided and continued about our adventure.

Indeed, we did get that storm. Here are the pictures I took today around Stoney Creek.

Check out these roads! Yikes!


All the fence posts looked like they were wearing snow caps.


Everything was so quiet and peaceful!


No one was out except us and the other turkeys!


We were out for hours but the snow never stopped. Fat and steady, the snowflakes floated so softly down. No hurry, they must have understood that’s how things go down south. No rush.


The creek was gorgeous, surrounded by this winter wonderland.


Pretty much every road except the main road looks like this. Under the snow is a thick sheet of ice.


The boughs on the pine trees are heavy with snow drifts.


Most of the day was a little dark but visibility was good. There were a few times, though, when the snow fell so thick it was hard to see very far. The mountains all but vanished in the distance.


It was truly lovely! I wish I could have gotten more pictures. I would love to have captured the old barns with their stark red nestled underneath these thick white blankets. Or the spring houses all wrapped up in vines and climbing plants now outlined with these crisp white folds of snow. Or the churches with their stained glass windows, their sills now filled with piles of winter powder. This kind of weather makes it difficult to stop often. If it weren’t for that I would have so much more to share.

Closings are everywhere. When we went into town the roads were better but they were far from good. El Charlois was closed as well as Subway and Chic-Fil-A. Those were just the ones I noticed. I hate to think of anyone having to be out working in this.

We will all remember this weekend for a very long time. Let’s try to make some memories worth holding on to. Sled or play with your family.

Make a movie night out of it. Sit around and tell stories about the best storms you have ever been through but no matter what, be together. Stay warm and safe and don’t brave the roads unless you absolutely must.

Cook comfort food. This is definitely soup weather!

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