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“Snow-mageddon”

I’m just sitting here tight as the second snowstorm this week pounds Southern Ontario of what Environment Canada famously warned could be “snow-mageddon”, as a 2nd snowstorm this week comes through the area, with 2 more predicted for Sunday and for Christmas Eve.

I must say that it’s very nasty out there with the snow and howling winds making visibility nil. I just went out to spread some more birdseed under the feeders for the birds, and I can honestly say without exaggeration that I was in near-blizzard conditions. I think it was a good call for all buses and some schools to be cancelled today.

UPDATE: Here’s what “Snow-mageddon Wave 1” looks like on radar at noon-hour:

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7 comments to “Snow-mageddon”

  • Rolltide

    This is Canada, its supposed to snow.
    I took some video and will place it on Youtube, so my Dutch relatives can enjoy.
    Fun stuff. Glad global warming is on hold.

  • @Mark Francis

    What a downer story, Mark. I like snow, and I like snowstorms.. and I obviously like White Christmas’s. This little ditty of course shows the downsides to snowstorms.

    (I was out walking in this storm for a bit, to be honest.. but not for any great length of time)

  • “Do not misinterpret my blogpost as complaining, JJ. I think it’s fabulous :)”

    Someone obviously did not have to walk into the wind this morning.

    The wind blasted the snow into my face and eyes. It was a cold sandstorm.

    Frozen, I still pushed on.

    I found a man on Bloor West (T.O.) huddled beside a concrete retaining wall, trying to stay out of the wind. He was muttering “I can’t do it. I simply can’t do it.”

    I let him some of my strength, and then taught him how to walk backwards into the wind. He was south Asian, and not aware of our ways.

    Soon enough, we found a cache of tack, dug into the snow, and lit a fire using some blubber. We warmed our hands on the small fire until the life came back to them.

    Both late for work, we carried on.

    After an eternity, I thought I saw some neon lights. By now, I was half-carrying him, and he was delirious. “Prorogue the cold! Proroque the cold!” He just kept repeating that. Those neon lights… Yes! that must be the nudie bar, I thought. Just one block past that was the subway.

    Just then, he collapsed. I begged him to get up. He refused, and pushed me on.

    Frozen, exhausted, and nearly dead, I left him there. To die.

    I made it past the nudie bar, and found Landsdowne. After waiting forever for the light to change, I crossed the street and hurried into the sanctuary beyond.

    “Coffee, medium, black,” I ordered.

    The coffee was good. My body began to warm. Even through the splatter of melted snow on my glasses, I could see the TTC subway sign just a half-block away. I hadn’t yet made it, but I knew I would.

    Soon enough I entered into a subterranean world devoid of the menacing weather above. I was on the subway, finally heading to work.

    It was then that I turned my mind to the one who didn’t make it.

    I left him. I left him.

    Not 50 metres from a Value Village, I left him.

    It’s a burden I will carry for the rest of my life.

    And I never even knew his name.

  • @JJ

    Do not misinterpret my blogpost as complaining, JJ. I think it’s fabulous πŸ™‚

  • There is a 20 percent chance of conservatism extending from Barrie to Peterborough, pockets of NDP flurries northwest of Kitchener, and a Green Grinch invading Owen Sound from the north. Buses have been cancelled for the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board.

  • JJ

    But Scott — think of the children! πŸ˜†

  • Carrie

    It’s awesome isn’t it?! lol

    I keep going out to uncover the suet cake from the snow. Plus I’ve been shovelling in shifts. It’s going to be days and days of shovelling. Yay!

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