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Frost Warning

  We are under a Frost Warning for the first time this fall. This pretty much guarantees Frost overnight. I was almost certain we had received Frost the night before last, but it was simply rain/mildew that had not yet frozen. It’s 6 degrees outside right now, and with how chilly it’s been outside, not to mention the 4 constant days of shitty weather, I suppose it only makes sense for Frost to come next, and Snow not long after. Cold and Winter weather is the one thing I hate about Canada, but oh well. Just gonna have to live with it once again. Damn. It’s supposed to be 14 degrees and sunny on Friday, so a slight glimmer of hope anyway.

So Much For UnEventful!

      Well, we had expected this weekend to be fairly uneventful, aside from my interview at Future Shop Saturday afternoon, and following up on delivering resumes, but mother nature has other plans. Right now, and it appears into the better part of tomorrow, we are supposed to get 15-20 centimetres of the white stuff (snow). I’ve been listening to the scanner, and emergency vehicles are being kept quite busy with everything from rollovers to MVCs (motor vehicle collisions) to cars in the ditch. The main highway, #2, is labelled as fair, but with drifting snow. However, secondary highways are not nice at all, and is where that majority of accidents are occuring.
      Not a good night to be out on the roads, that’s for damn sure!



Snowfall Warning

"Heavy snowfall is expected for areas near Edmonton and east to Lloydminster.

A low pressure system is producing an area of heavy snow over central and southern Alberta. This area of snow is expected to stall over central Alberta bringing 10 plus centimetres to Edmonton and areas east this evening and overnight."

      I was looking out the windows while working today at Sobeys. It went from nice to downright nasty in only a few hours! By the time my shift ended, the snow was blowing, large amounts of it are on the ground, and more importantly, the roads. It is not nice weather out there at all! This may very well be the first snowstorm we’ve received this year.
      The only thing that worries us is that some of Melissa’s relatives are coming up from Calgary to visit us tomorrow. Not very nice visiting weather, but we’ll have to work with it anyhow.



Winter storm pounds Atlantic Canada, New York

From CTV:
"A severe snowstorm has paralyzed parts of the Atlantic provinces and much of the American Northeast, dumping more than 60 centimetres of snow in some areas. The storm has left tens of thousands of people without power, and shut down air travel on both sides of the border. Flights leaving Halifax International Airport for the American Northeast were cancelled as powerful winds blew up to 20 centimetres of snow into Nova Scotia.
Linda Gale, trying to get to Jamaica for her daughter’s wedding, hoped her flight would not be affected.
"She wants to get married on Feb. 14, which is Valentine’s Day," Gale told CTV Atlantic.
New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island are expected to be hit with similar amounts, with the snow continuing on Monday.
Weather warnings have been issued for all three Maritime provinces. The storm is expected to reach Newfoundland’s west coast on Monday."
Our hearts go out to those being affected by this storm. Please, be careful and stay safe!


Plane slides off runway, kills child

Plane Skids Off Runway, Kills Child
      A Southwest Airlines jet skidded off a runway in a heavy snowstorm at Chicago’s Midway Airport Thursday night, sliding into an intersection and killing a young boy in a car. Another car was also hit by the Boeing 737 and eight other vehicle passengers were in serious condition, said Cortez Trotter, the Chicago Fire Department commissioner. The 6-year-old boy who died was in the car with his two younger brothers, including an infant, and his parents, said Deborah Song, spokeswoman for Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oaklawn. Their vehicle was crushed under the nose and fuselage of the plane, said Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford.

      It had been snowing all day in Chicago and visibility was poor at the time of the landing. The National Weather Service had issued a heavy snow warning in the city and surrounding area.There were approximately 8 inches of snow on the ground by early evening, and winds were blowing at between 13 mph and 18 mph.




Snow Storm Freezes Central USA

      At least 10 people were killed in road wrecks in Kansas, Missouri and Kentucky over two days. In Texas, a mother and son died in a fire sparked by an improperly installed wood-burning stove.

      The eastbound storm system was expected to leave a half-foot of snow in central Illinois and 3 to 5 inches in the Chicago area, where by late afternoon about 30 flights had been canceled at O’Hare International and Midway.

      In Indiana, dozens of schools dismissed students early, and community groups and churches canceled events, as many cities reported 4 to 6 inches of snow by evening. The heaviest snow — up to 10 inches — fell along the Interstate 35 corridor into Kansas City, said Greg Koch, a National Weather Service forecaster. Temperatures in the city fell into the single digits. The St. Louis region received 2 to 4 inches.

      Numerous vehicles slipped off roads or got into fender benders, troopers said. On a snow-packed interstate near Edgerton, Kansas, a 31-year-old woman’s pickup slid across the median Wednesday and collided with another vehicle, killing her and her 4-year-old daughter, authorities said.




With A Vengeance

      November was a fairly calm month as far as Winter is concerned in Canada. That said, Environment Canada forecasters are predicting that the rest of Winter may be much worse.

      "But rather than remembering the nice transition from fall to winter,
Canadians will look back at the end of the month and recall a brutal December,
said David Phillips, Environment Canada’s senior climatologist. "We’ve had a taste of what’s ahead but (winter) hasn’t really begun to bite
deep and hard across the country. Most Canadians should be pretty happy about
the weather so far (but) it looks like it’s going to be a dramatic change," he

Prairie blizzards and heat waves

      Weather just keeps getting weirder and weirder. Heat wave in October?! A blizzard only one province away from hot temperatures?! This weekend near Edmonton, we’re getting decent weather, but snow is forecast for as early as next weekend! Not that snow is weird for this time of year, but only a weekend away from decent weather?! I’ve heard this winter is supposed to be another El Nino (harsh), and from other sources that it’s supposed to be mild. Whatever may come, it shall be interesting!
      Residents of southern Manitoba are feeling the wet, icy wrath of an early fall blizzard while their Ontario neighbours were still using air conditioners to keep cool in an October heat wave. Up to 20 centimetres of snow was forecast Wednesday for southwestern Manitoba and southeastern Saskatchewan, where daytime temperatures hovered around freezing. Cold winds pushing across the Prairies left many people pulling on parkas weeks earlier than expected. In contrast, a third day of unusually warm weather was forecast for Toronto on Wednesday with a muggy high of 26 degrees.


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