On this day (January 19) in 1855, Henry David Thoreau wrote in his Journal:
Yesterday it rained hard all day, washing off the little snow that was left down to the ice, the gutters being good-sized mill-brooks and the water over shoes in the middle of the road.
In the night it turned to snow, which still falls, and now covers the wet ground three or four inches deep. It is a very damp snow or sleet, perhaps mixed with rain, which the strong northwest wind plasters to that side of the trees and houses. I never saw the blue in snow so bright as this damp, dark, stormy morning at 7 A.M., as I was coming down the railroad. I did not have to make a hole in it, but I saw it some rods off in the deep, narrow ravines of the drifts and under their edges or eaves, like the serenest blue of heaven, though the sky was, of course, wholly concealed by the driving snow-storm; suggesting that in darkest storms we may still have the hue of heaven in us.
We had just that sort of storm the other day – rain and snow, with sleet mixed in. It clung to everything just like plaster, as Thoreau writes, and as you can see here: http://quodlibet-sarah.blogspot.com/2013/01/we-had-lovely-snow-yesterday.html
Thoreau had written about that mysterious snowy blue almost exactly a year later: http://quodlibet-sarah.blogspot.com/2013/01/i-never-saw-more-elysian-blue.html