Blizzard!

There’s a blizzard barreling down on me.

Environment Canada is warning of a near-crippling snow storm set to arrive tonight. Thank goodness it’s not a full-out crippling snow storm, but I’m probably not getting home as planned tomorrow.

Widespread snowfall accumulations of 20 to 30 cm are expected in most areas tonight and Sunday. Some local amounts of 30 to 40 cm are quite possible in a few areas by Sunday night. Parts of eastern Ontario may also receive amounts in excess of 30 cm.

Significant blowing snow is expected to be a problem in all regions as strong northeast winds gusting up to 70 or 80 km/h whip up the freshly fallen snow and cause whiteout conditions. Freezing rain is possible especially near Lake Erie for a few hours overnight and Sunday morning as milder air pays a brief visit aloft. Ice pellets are also quite possible generally along and south of a line from Grand Bend to the greater Toronto area to Kingston and Cornwall.

The public should be prepared to change plans accordingly to avoid unnecessary travel during this storm. This massive snow storm has the potential to cause near-paralyzing conditions as any road travel on any unplowed streets may become next to impossible on Sunday. All motorists who must travel are urgently advised to use extreme caution and plan for much extra time to reach their destination.

There is a high degree of certainty with this storm as the concensus of weather model data is virtually unanimously forecasting this event.

Perhaps more immediately important is my last exam (for which I should be studying). AccuWeather is saying this nasty weather is going to arrive in Niagara around 7 tonight, which is when my exam begins. The university administration probably won’t decide until the last minute to postpone it.

I wonder if this blizzard is a freak storm or if the last two years of green Decembers and Christmases were the freaks.

Anyway, I’ll keep you posted if anything exciting happens. There might be some pretty pictures to come. Unless the power goes out, because then this whole internet thing won’t work.

Update: Snowed In (noon, next day)

I’m not going anywhere today, but the snowfall hasn’t been so dramatic as I’d expected. Still, it isn’t over yet.

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