It has been a very busy icy road season, which began for me in earnest on December 10 with a trip up to Bloomington, Illinois for light snow. I have been averaging one winter storm shoot/chase each week, most of which have fallen on my normal days off from my primary jobs - resulting in a month-long string of no free days at home (hence the lack of blog updates). The season has been very productive - I have captured more incident-in-progress footage than in any other single season in the past. Since I had to replace my primary video camera last October, all of this new footage has been captured in 4K. I'm uploading these videos in 4K on my Youtube channel, so if you have a capable TV, you can watch them in full 4K resolution straight from Youtube (click the gear icon and select 2160p from the resolution menu).
Here is a list of the events covered, along with a summary of the videos captured:
Normal, Illinois light snow - December 10, 2016
As a winter storm affected Chicago and northern Illinois, I chose to focus on the lighter snow events on the fringes of the storm in the central part of the state. I captured video of a car spinning out on an offramp from I-55 in Normal:
St. Louis light icing (major event) - December 16, 2016
I already posted a blog summary of this day, so I won't repeat too much here. This was the most significant event to impact the STL area so far this season. I captured 9 different incident-in-progress clips, including tractor-trailers jackknifing on I-44 downtown:
Peoria, IL morning freezing rain - January 12, 2017
A "day before the day" icing event affected central Illinois on Thursday the 12th, a day before the bigger ice storm. I drove up to Peoria for the pre-sunrise arrival of some freezing rain (including freezing rain thunderstorms), but did not capture any footage.
St. Louis freezing rain / ice storm (major event) - January 13, 2017
A well-advertised/warned ice storm affected the St. Louis area on the 13th and 14th. I captured this footage along I-55 at Carondelet: