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We got a bad winter surprise today when we woke up to heavy freezing rain this morning. Yuck.

Freezing rain is pretty unique to very cold countries. When surface temperatures are below freezing, raindrops freeze upon impact with any object they encounter. The resulting ice accumulates to a thickness of several centimeters and it coats just about anything.

It results in pretty dangerous weather conditions. Power lines and trees bend under the weight of the ice and can break. Streets are roads are extremely icy and slippery. And of course, you have the scrap the ice off cars left outside, like we did for ours.

Ice is quite beautiful: trees are glowing and funny icicles can be spotted everywhere. Still, I hope it melts pretty fast. I feel trapped at home!

Icicles

Icicles

Frozen Tree Branches

Frozen Tree Branches

Frozen Stop Sign

Frozen Stop Sign

Frozen, Frozen, Frozen!

Frozen, Frozen, Frozen!

Even Fir Trees!

Even Fir Trees!

Caught In Ice

Caught In Ice

Car Antenna

Car Antenna

Scraping The Ice

Scraping The Ice

Flowers

Flowers

Frozen Drops Of Water

Frozen Drops Of Water

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18 Comments

  1. Beautiful pictures, Zhu! We were also surprised by the freezing rain… only problem is we were in the mountains!!! We were supposed to leave the complex where we were staying by 10:00 AM, but it took us an extra hour to get the ice out of the windshields and doors, and then load the minivan.

    And then there was the whole business of leaving a complex that has a 500-meter long driveway that is downhill… 🙁

    But we’re safe and sound, and I’m going to bed NOW!
    .-= Gabriel®s last blog ..Christmas in Waterloo VII – Feliz Navidad =-.

  2. You probably shouldn’t scrape your car’s body with the scraper-it’ll mess up the clear coat! I hate freezing rain too, I usually just let the car run then go out and scrape after everything is melted some. I know it’s not the most environmentally friendly thing to do…
    I’ll take many feet of snow any day over freezing rain! yuck!

  3. the ice is very pretty. but i am glad i am not there with you.
    ice can be destructive. water melts or falls as rain, and it runs underneath the roadways. then it freezes again; you get big bumps in the pavement, what we call “frost heaves.” those finally break from all the cars driving over them and become potholes. big ugly potholes.
    i guess i’s better than living in sand. but barely.

  4. Pretty pictures like usual.

    Can’t imagine how cold it is in Canada. I have experienced -18C here and feel like I’m turning into a giant icecube
    .-= the writerÂŽs last blog ..Red tape – the Norwegian way =-.

  5. That is a lot of ice. We only got down to -3C here earlier this week. But now temperatures are back up and it’s 8C.

    I do like a bit of snow, but ice is definitely annoying, even if just for a few days like we had here, so must be really annoying for you.
    .-= AdemÂŽs last blog ..Christmas Dinner =-.

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  7. @Gabriel – I can only imagine! I was so glad Ottawa is flat, at least I don’t slip too much 😆 Huge driveways are a big no-no in Canada.

    @Rich B – You’re probably right but we needed the car and another one was in the garage. Freezing rain is definitely something we all dread!

    @Seraphine – I think Canada is a pothole heaven. One of the road in Ottawa was said to be the worse road in Canada because it was dangerously bumpy.

    @the writer – It wasn’t that cold actually, maybe -10C, -20C with the windchill?

    @Bluefish – Non, pas cool du tout ! Je crois que MontrĂ©al a Ă©tĂ© Ă©pargnĂ©e.

    @Adem – Ice is bad bad bad. Looks pretty but pain in the butt.

    @RennyBA’s Terella – I take snow over ice anytime!

    @London Caller – No, to see Northern Lights, you have to go North, really North. The most famous town to see them is probably Churchill, Manitoba.

    @Beth – Toronto should be okay… lucky you!

    @Soleil – Thank you! I wish I could have taken more pictures but the wind was brutal.

    @DianeCA – That’s why I sacrifice myself: you can experience my cold and stay warm 😆

    @Seb – Very annoying but beautiful. Like women, ya know 😆

  8. Salut Zhu,

    Bonne année !! Meilleurs voeux venus du vieux pays.

    Ice is an unique form to photograph; never the same and always here and then gone. Lovely photos; not so lovely to defrost the car windshield !!

    I’m getting back on track. D, my hubby was on vacation & instead of overdoing the chocolates or champagne overdone internet. So… I declared it a break for me. Now, I’m catching up- for my greatest pleasure.

    Cold in Paris too this morning; & piddly -5 degrees or lower, in Paris & burbs- nothing for you strong Canuks ! And the cold is here all week.

    Bises

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