Wednesday, we watched the storm very carefully, and at the last minute I used the snowblower on the 5cm (2") or so of snow. We knew there was ice rain acomin'. Then we waited. I cleverly (not) put the rain gauge out around 3:30, although when I went out at 1:30 to do the snow, that's when the rain pellets began. We had about 25mm or 1" of rainfall. The trees were droopy on Wednesday, and I knew it would get worse. I soaked two winter coats!
There are thousands without power across southeast Ontario. Ours went out at 8 p.m. yesterday, Wednesday, I hunkered down in bed reading, with a flashlight. It cam back on, then off, then on, then off! I banked the fire for overnight heat, and went back to bed to read.
The trees look terrible. It breaks my heart to look at them. My back is really sore today, I guess I slept badly, and I have a bit of work to do in the yard clearing up the tree branches. They do smell lovely, mind you, pine sap aroma as a comfort, although one knows that it is the blood of the trees that is dripping. Quebec, in the third photo, has an estimated 250,000 people without power.
I slid along the sidewalk, filled up the bird feeders, and slid down the driveway to get the paper. The mailbox, which was hanging on by two/four screws, has now come off. So much for mail for the next few days! We bought a new one, but I wanted to wait until our storms were over to install it. The snowplough just whacks them sideways to hell.
It is still 0 C. (32 F.) and it is expected to get colder and snow some more.
I dread it! In the meantime, it is still raining... Buster is not amused. He looked out the door, tried to avoid the ice pellets on the deck, shook his paw, looked out into the yard, then looked back at me!
And in Ottawa!
Video of flooded Colonel By at Bank St #otttraffic
Looking back:Dec. 2012 What a day it was!
Dec. 2013What an ice storm: December 21 - 22! hit Toronto very hard.