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And… Winter Is Here

When I read that last night, I knew what was coming — white hell.

3:08 PM EST Tuesday 08 December 2009
Winter storm warning for Ottawa South – Richmond – Metcalfe upgraded from Winter storm watch

..Snow heavy at times accompanied by strong easterly wind beginning tonight..

This is a warning that dangerous winter weather conditions are imminent or occurring in these regions. Monitor weather conditions..Listen for updated statements.

Strong easterly winds near 60 km/h will accompany the snow tonight and Wednesday significantly lowering visibilities in blowing snow. Periods of heavy snow are also likely. Snow amounts will range from 10 to 15 centimetres with 20 centimetres or more towards Ottawa Valley. Lesser amounts are likely along the shore of Western Lake Ontario as snow could be wet.

It was cold but nice yesterday night and for a second, I humored myself with the thought that the Weather Channel could be wrong. Of course, it wasn’t. It never is. Weather is what Canadians predict best.

The wind was extremely strong this morning and I could barely keep my head up while waiting for the bus. Mind you, I had time to practice — it was 30 minutes late. This drives me nut: you’d think Canada is well-prepared for snow storm… not quite. It’s always a total chaos every time it happens.

It snowed all day and it is still snowing tonight. Guess it’s winter now.

Self-portrait before hitting the road
Self-portrait before hitting the road
A "little bit" of snow
A little bit of snow
Merivale Road, waiting for the bus
Merivale Road, waiting for the bus
Clearing the road
Clearing the road
In the bus
In the bus
Downtown
Downtown
Confederation flags
Confederation flags
War monument
War monument
Crossing the road
Crossing the road
Waiting for the bus
Waiting for the bus
Who biked to work?
Who biked to work?
Going for coffee
Going for coffee
Newspapers boxes
Newspapers boxes
In the bus back home
In the bus back home

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