Winter has come early to lots of places. We’ve had snow and cold temps since the latter part of November. But we’re the lucky ones. Ottawa has been under a blanket of snow since early November and, according to my western sources, Calgary has looked like winter since October. Yet winter only officially starts tomorrow. What gives? I know that often our American neighbours are given winter weather advisories that start with, “A blast of cold Canadian air …”. Well, this current system, coming at a decidedly inconvenient time, is being announced as “weather coming from Texas”. That’s why it’s warmed up to near the freezing point, adding the threat of freezing rain – the worst. And a recent impressive storm that hit most of the States before reaching us actually had its start in southern California. It seems like the tables have turned, and not for the better.
Many of us find ourselves in that all too familiar situation of trying to decide when to head out to make it to family or friends for the holidays. We have our dates set months in advance, but as the date nears, we take a look at the weather forecast to see if we should leave a little early – or maybe wait an extra day. One of the rituals of the Christmas season. We start looking frequently, hoping that the ominous forecast will change. That trick didn’t work this time. Judging from our current weather forecast, anyone heading west to Montreal, Ottawa, or Toronto is in a pickle. Waiting an extra day isn’t going to help. Waiting four days might do it. As the storm mass moves west to east, anyone heading to family in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, or Prince Edward Island isn’t in any better shape. And then it will hit Newfoundland. The joys of winter in the north. I can hear my snowbird friends already in Florida and Arizona saying smugly, ” Told you so.”
For all those of you who are experiencing travel stress at this special time of year, whatever decisions you make, stay safe. I hope everyone gets to where they want to be, safe and sound and feeling loved.
Happy holidays to all. Merry Christmas. Joyeux Noël!
p.s. I hope you all get back home safely, too!