As expected, winter has eventually arrived, complete with about 6" of snow. The snow squalls developed Monday and continued overnight, so we woke up to a white winter landscape on Tuesday. I no longer enjoy winter as I once did, skiing and snowshoeing, since I can't get out and ride safely in the snow. And if it gets a little slushy, the electric motor on my wheelchair doesn't do very well!
Monday, December 4, 2023
Winter Has Arrived!
The storms that bring a lot of snow are 'lake-effect' snow squalls. This means that the westerly wind picks up moisture blowing over Lake Huron or Georgian Bay and then dumps it as snow on land. This sort of snow squall can be very dense and heavy, and occur in a narrow band which you can see on the radar. The view across the street, past the few leaves left on our Tulip tree, shows you what it's like. We've driven into one and it's like hitting a wall of white, then after a few terror-filled moments, coming out the other side, sometimes into bright sunlight!
As you can imagine, this sort of snow storm wreaks havoc with traffic. Here, if you haven't got snow tires on by now you shouldn't be allowed to drive! Ours are always on by Nov. 1st.