Bracing ourselves for the next Winter Storm: Winter Storm Thread
December 15th, 2007.
Stores were flooded with people this afternoon as everyone was stocking up on food and supplies in lieu of the storm. E-Canada has updated their site (also the Weather Network) and the list is HUGE as to what we will expect tonight. Whoa.
Storm may bring wind, thunder, 40cm of snow TheStar.com - Ontario - Storm may bring wind, thunder, 40cm of snow
U.S. NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
A snowstorm is seen on U.S. weather radar approaching southern Ontario through Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio.
City, hydro crews, police brace for winter’s first major storm
December 15, 2007
and associated press
Motorists throughout southern and eastern Ontario should keep their cars parked as a dangerous winter storm brings fierce winds gusting to 60 km/h, possible ice pellets and thunder claps, freezing rain and 30 to 40 centimetres of snow by Sunday night.
The winter storm watch has been upgraded to a warning, and Environment Canada says the storm will have "near-crippling" effects.
Arnold Ashton, a severe weather meteorologist with Environment Canada, said when people wake up tomorrow morning "it's just going to look frightful outside.
"It's an ideal day to stoke the fire, grab a good book, and avoid Christmas shopping."
Ashton said the storm could be the single snowiest event recorded at the Pearson airport weather station, where records have been kept since 1937. The previous record was set in 1944 when the area got 28.2 centimetres in a single snowfall. That storm also brought 48 centimetres to downtown Toronto.
"I hope we don't surpass that," he said. "But it's a pretty colossal event. This is a biggie."
Got my holiday flyer out to keep me occupied, enough food in the fridge for a couple of days......just lolled in the hot tub watching the clouds whistling by over head while chatting with MacSpectrum who is now in frontier mode with the power out and his woodstove cranked up.
I just hope we don't lose power as I'm NOT up for that.
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This will be our second humdinger. 45 centimetres two weeks ago, and a distinct possibility of the same amount tomorrow through Monday.
I've barely finished cleaning up from the last one. Finally finished shoveling the roof today in anticipation of another huge load up there (we always get humungous drifts all along the roof at the front of the house).
The local Loblaws was packed today. Obviously everyone's thinking along the same lines. We have plenty of food for the next two or three days.... slurping on a brew now while my freshly-made garlic soup reduces... in an hour or so dinner will be served. Yummers.
Wind's picking up outside... was washing up from the food prep and the whistling along the side of the house was really noticeable. Not much snow yet, though. Wonder what we'll be waking up to. Glad we put winters on the car and we can go 4 wheel if we have to... that said, we don't plan to go anywhere tomorrow.
We had a storm somewhat like this last year here in St.John's. In a 30 hour period, we had 83cm of snow blown all about by winds with sustained gusts of over 113kp/h. St. John's was shut down for two whole days.
What was problematic were the extreme winds out of the northeast which blew this snow into huge drifts. Also, we already had just over 10 feet of snow on the ground, which made putting it somewhere difficult.
So, sit tight, stay warm and hope that the worst does not happen. Paix, mes amis.
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