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"Ice Pellets"

That's what Weather Underground is reporting for the current condition in Wales. Ah, yup. 100% change of precipitation, they got that right, too.

I climbed the hill of ice called my driveway up to the mail box, then took a look around the yard on the way back to the house. The birch tree is horizontal again. There are thoroughly-iced oak leaves up by the road. The oak leaves still dangling from their branches, of course.

Remember the photo of the iced pine from the December ice storm? The ice is 2-3 times as thick on each needle this time around, and we're headed into the long night rather than noontime sun and warmth.

I wondered why I'm not hearing trees and branches crack and fall, then surmised that the most vulnerable ones are already on the ground. It's also not as windy. That's helping. But the ice...there's so much more ice this time around.

Apparently it's not causing much in the way of real world problems in the area so far. I've checked Boston.com, MassLive.com, and all of the Springfield TV station websites. The coverage is all from this morning and early afternoon, with headlines like Few problems reported from miserable wintry mix. And, yes, that article quotes someone talking about how the December ice storm weeded out the weaker trees.

Still, it's a lot of ice out here west of 128...and 495.

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