These are the remains of summer's sunflowers. It's hard to tell in the picture, but the tufts of snow on top of the dead blossoms look like cotton bolls.
Update: My morning commute was very snowy! But I took my time (Dr. M & Daddy - you will be proud of me - I tried to stay behind cars that weren't going 20 or 60), and when Eliza Gilkyson came on my PDA singing "Beautiful World" I agreed that it was a beautiful world this morning. And bonus: it was in the 20s, so my car had no trouble achieving my 85 degree sauna. Yay! I'll most likely leave work early today - definitely want to make sure I'm home before dark.