This morning I woke up to a beautiful winter wonderland of fallen snow piled up on tree branches, walkways, and every other surface. Wet, heavy snow. It was around -4C (25F) all night long and it’s beginning to warm up to around zero degrees now. According to the news, we broke a 1967 snowfall record yesterday by accumulating 15 cms (6″) of snow. We got another 10 cms overnight. I know that doesn’t sound like much compared to my cousin Maureen on the Gaspe coast who went from grass to almost a meter (3 feet) of snow in a matter of a few days last week. The local news reported that in the city, some buses had an impossible time making it up inclined roads and got stuck, leaving customers waiting for an hour or more. Auto traffic home at rush hour seemed painfully slow; this morning as well. Late yesterday afternoon, it looked like a blizzard outside with high winds and heavy snow limiting visibility beyond a few hundred feet so that we couldn’t see beyond the trees at the beach. After supper, our lights dimmed and surprisingly, Melvin filled up the bathroom sink and a 5 gallon bucket with water in the bathtub just in case we needed water to flush the toilet if the power went out. Five minutes later it did. But the power came back on, then went off again several times while we tried to watch a movie.
Nice fluffy snow is one thing but this dense, heavy snow is another altogether. As it warms up, it’s already beginning to slide off my metal roof with an indignant thump. I don’t want to leave our poor dog outside too long as he whines by the window and door to come in – right where the snow will come crashing down.
The wild birds are busy today at my bird feeders. One feeder filled with black-oil Sunflower seeds is full of chickadees and nuthatches while the other suet feeder with beef fat from the butcher is visited by downy woodpeckers. Bushes and trees are severely bent over with the weight of the heavy snow. When I opened the back door to empty my cold wood ashes into my metal collection bucket this morning, there was 28 cms (11″) of snow drifted against the door.
Now I’m wondering if the snowplow will come down our road today……. it’s a good thing I don’t have to go anywhere. But I prepared for this storm when I heard it was coming, by stocking up on extra milk and bread.