Friday, March 07, 2008

Dear Winter (Redux)

Dear Winter,

I had really hoped that we could be civilized and adult about this breakup. But seeing as this is the attitude you are taking, I guess that I don't really want to be friends with you after all.

You suck.


Ottawa North - Kanata - Orléans
10:00 AM EST Friday 7 March 2008
Winter storm watch for
Ottawa North - Kanata - Orléans continued

..Winter storm expected to give heavy snow Saturday..

This is an alert to the potential development of dangerous winter weather conditions in these regions. Monitor weather conditions..Listen for updated statements.

A storm is currently over Alabama and will push northward today giving significant snow to most of southern Ontario. It appears that the snow will come in two doses. The first round will begin as early as this afternoon for southwestern Ontario and Niagara then later today in eastern Ontario. We may have a brief reprieve overnight into Saturday morning where snow may become light and more intermittent. The heaviest snowfall is then expected in the second round beginning midday Saturday in the southwest and in the afternoon over eastern Ontario. Keep in mind that the snowfall duration will be about 36 hours but the heaviest snow will be Saturday afternoon into the evening.

Snowfall warnings have been issued from Long Point to the Niagara Peninsula due to significant snowfall accumulations of 15 to 20 centimetres with the first dose. These areas will likely be upgraded to a winter storm warning due to additional snowfall and blowing snow as the second round approaches.

Storm totals may be 20 to 30 centimetres along and east of a line from Long Point to the Golden Horseshoe then to Petawawa. There is potential for 30 to 50 centimetres of snow over the Niagara Peninsula and parts of eastern Ontario.* Areas west of the Long Point to Petawawa line should see between 10 to 20 centimetres with lesser amounts near Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. Behind this system strong northerly winds to 70 km/h are possible. On Saturday strong winds combined with fresh snow will cause blowing snow to lower visibilities and create dangerous driving conditions. Whiteout conditions from heavy snow and blowing snow are possible so travellers should be prepared to change their plans accordingly.

* For those unsure of the geography of the area, Ottawa and environs are in eastern Ontario. Oh, and 30 to 50 cm translates to 11.8 to 19.6 inches. In freakin' March.


  1. Yea, I'd say he sucks!

  2. Y'know what I'm going to say, right?


    Yeah, the weather forecast here sucks too. We're getting huge amounts of driving rain. Lovely start to March break.

  3. Anonymous6:30 PM

    I'm sorry, but...

    I'M SO HAPPY we're finally getting snow! Yay! I'm sorry for you, but I'm loving this. This is the first time ALL WINTER that we've had more than 1/2 inch accumulation. We're well on our way to not being able to see the grass. Of course, it's supposed to be 50 degrees by Monday so before long it'll all be mud, but still, YAY SNOW!

  4. Oh Alison, you know I feel your pain. I am only 3 hrs up the road and the snow started at 2pm. Took 45 minutes for a 15 min drive home.

    Maybe if we tag team Mother Nature the *itch will back off. You game?

  5. Anonymous7:33 PM

    The string of expletive I would like to utter in relation to the weather would make a sailor blush.

  6. Anonymous11:12 AM

    I feel for you. We have already had a foot of snow (12 inches) and still have a few more before it will be over. They're comparing it to my blizzard babies storm, but it's not quite that bad. :)

  7. how's your relationship with your snowblower these days?
    even grace and edie have pitched their little dora shovels in disgust.

  8. p.s. thanks for all the sleep tips - i will try the lavendar spray, great idea, and we have a baby alive doll on the line after 5 good sleeps....