It's with some hesitation I go public with this footage so I decided to talk a little about this video before you view it. I really didn't like what happened here. In the first cut of the video I removed anything and everything that had to do with me getting iced up. My fear was I'd encourage someone to purposely fly into icing conditions because "that 160knots guy did it."
The weather over Redding extending into the cascades was marginal VFR and very undefined, a heavy haze layer with a broken layer below. Forward visibility 3 to 5 miles. XM Weather showed some light widely scattered precipitation ahead at the Oregon border. I asked center for and received an IFR clearance choosing a route the pretty much followed interstate 5 though the Cascades. The MEA is 12,000 but I requested 16,000 so I had some safety altitude under me. If I picked up any ice before Shasta I would 180 back to Redding and spend the night.
At 16,000 were were in and out of the tops, no airframe icing. Mt. Shasta came and went without any issues. A thunderstorm was quickly building 10 miles north of the Siskiyou airport. I asked center for and received a 30 degree turn for weather avoidance. We went IMC as we got closer to the cell. XM updated and showed we were going to just clip a light green area on the leading edge of the cell. We were in light snow and snow is good so I didn't ask for another turn for weather avoidance. As we entered the green area snow changed to moderate freezing rain that stuck to the airframe on contact, rime ice was building rapidly. XM weather showed I was going to be out of it in a mile (seemed like 30 minutes at the time) so I decided to stay the course.
Questions I'm going to get:
Did you consider routing up the coast where MEA's are
Why didn't you confess to Seattle Center that you were
Why do you consider snow a good thing?
If the area was only light green why did you encounter
so much perception?
Why is the video from the cell penetration missing?
Why didn't you just ask center for another turn and
avoid the weather?