The recent cold snap is a wintry delight for shutterbugs.
One good thing about the brutally cold weather: It creates the perfect canvas to showcase the beauty of the outdoors.
From sunlight dancing off ice-covered tree branches, to bright sun dogs cutting through the haze of a wintry sky, to snowflakes crystallizing into intricate icy patterns, Mother Nature has been putting on quite a show in the last few days.
Temperatures plunged to 11 below on Saturday, 14 degrees colder than the normal low. Sunday was even colder, dropping to 18 below.
Sunday was the coldest day Douglas County has shivered through since Feb. 22, 2015 when the low fell to 20 below.
Another wind chill advisory was issued for late Monday night into Tuesday morning. A wind chill factor of 34 below was in the forecast.
Still, we’ve had a fairly mild winter so far. Since November, it’s only dropped below zero five times.
Last year, temperatures dropped below zero three times in November, four times in December and 10 times in January – and that was only through January 12.
A little bit of warmth is headed our way. The forecast calls for temperatures to get into the mid-20s on Thursday. But another cold front is expected to settle in through the weekend with high temperatures hovering around zero.