Roller Coaster Weather

Winter seems to be unsure of its role in Ontario this year. The temperatures plummet and then rise from one day to the next, rapid changes have even occurred over a time frame of a few hours; you have to be vigilant day-to-day.

Most lakes still have open water resulting in snow squalls when any colder air meets ‘warmer’ currents traveling up from the U.S. These are particularly dangerous when driving. Visibility is nil with each gust of wind which lifts and swirls any loose snow. The road before you vanishes into a cloud of white. It is disconcerting and your full concentration is absolutely essential to avoid hitting another vehicle.

Due to the frigid temperatures, and accumulations of ice on the roads and sidewalks, I have become a self-imposed hermit. If I have no particular reason to leave my house, I don’t. Driving at any speed, whether it is in city limits (40, 50 or 60 km ph) or highway driving at 100 km ph, it can be a nerve-wracking endeavor, and I feel that everyone is safer with me off the road.

Overnight, we were covered with substantial snowfall. Tomorrow we have been warned to prepare for a severe winter storm (weather worse than we have already experienced). We are likely to receive 10 – 20 centimeters of snow: further North it will likely be 30 or more.

Wonderful weather for winter sports enthusiasts. Not so for the rest of us. It’s the kind of weather when an open fire, a good book and a cup of coffee make the day oh-so-pleasant.

Stay warm. Stay safe.


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