At the beginning of last week, we has some of the coldest temperatures in the last 20 years.
It’s steaming not because it is hot, just to the large temperature differential. It is referred to as steam fog, and it was more prevalent and spectacular around the Chicago area.
Before all this cold weather gripped the area we had a few flakes of snow. It collected on roofs, grassy areas, and untreated surfaces. During the day it was still well below freezing but the sun gave just enough energy to cause some melting. This, of course, led to icicles. The sun was just setting and really caught the ice as it was melting.
The sun then set but still reflected off the clouds.
And a plane flew by in mid turn.
Not a bad evening before the cold. You can check out the gallery here.