The winter that keeps on giving, and it’s not even winter until tomorrow

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.

View from our bedroom

View from our bedroom

View from our kitchen

View from our kitchen

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.”

FtonWeather1FtonRadar1For 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!

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14 Responses to The winter that keeps on giving, and it’s not even winter until tomorrow

  1. jennypellett says:

    Merry Christmas Jane – as least your weather looks seasonal. We’ve had torrential rain here and high winds are forecast. No chance of a white Christmas in southern UK!

  2. Hope you have safe travels and Happy Holidays Jane. 🙂 xxx

    • Jane Fritz says:

      Thanks, Jo. At the moment they’re safe travels because our flight keeps getting delayed! But I live in hope.🙂 Happy holidays to you, where the weather should be pretty darned perfect!

  3. Heyjude says:

    Wow that looks like a proper winter! Hope you get to where you are going safely and have a happy Christmas however you celebrate it. We have more wet and windy weather heading our way and no snow yet (though a sprinkling over the border in Wales) though forecasts of maybe some on Christmas Day! We’re off down south on Boxing Day so I hope the weather holds – I dislike travelling in snowy conditions.
    Jude xx

  4. alesiablogs says:

    WE are not getting hit as hard as you guys, but we have had our first snow today!
    http://alesiablogs.wordpress.com/2013/12/20/winter-hath-cometh-to-the-pacific-nw/

    • Jane Fritz says:

      As long as people aren’t going anywhere and the power doesn’t go out, it’s kind of a gift to have some snow at Christmas. It’s not as much of a treat when freezing rain and ice pellets sneak in with the snow, lasts for days, and you’re hoping to travel. But that’s part of life’s drama, right?!

  5. Roy McCarthy says:

    Just damp and windy here, not that I’m bothered – I’m going nowhere. There are a few forecasts of a mega-hard winter to come for Britain, the worst since 1947. Time will tell. Happy Christmas Jane!

  6. Emilia says:

    “Told you so….”
    But we will still be worried about our kids as they will be travelling from “somewhere to somewhere else!”
    We commented today that in fact it doesn’t feel like Christmas down here, it continues to be in the high 20’s and even the parties look different…not complaining though!!!!

    • Jane Fritz says:

      We wish you a wonderful Christmas, Emilia (and Norm). This storm has already lasted 3 days, with another day of freezing rain tomorrow. We still have fond hopes of getting out at 5pm today, delayed from 6am this morning. I just chipped at least .25″ of ice off my car, which was hiding under several inches of snow and ice pellets. Are you sure you don’t miss winter just a little?!

  7. We’re getting that icy blast too. Feels like February. I keep waiting for it to break but figure now that, maybe it won’t. I guess winter decided to take up early residence. At any rate I hope you enjoy Christmas as much as ever🙂

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