Monday, 22 November 2010

Early snow

We were warned that winter might come early this year with colder than usual temperatures. Sure enough the first snow of the season fell on the evening of November 18, and we woke to a light dusting of white on the morning of the 19th. This was the view from our upstairs bedroom window:

Morning traffic has more or less cleared the street already. In the bottom right our neighbour is shovelling the sidewalk. This generous soul has already shovelled her own sidewalk across the street and is now clearing ours as well. City by-laws require home-owners to have their strip of sidewalk cleared by 10:00 a.m.

I braved the great outdoors to photograph the house.

In the front yard, my little Enkianthus has turned overnight from the gold and russet of autumn to winter white.

It remained cold all weekend and is getting colder. The high today was -2ºC, although there has been no precipitation, just a bitter wind. Tomorrow is forecast to be sunny, with a high of -6ºC. By Wednesday rain will bring slightly milder weather with daytime highs back above zero, but still in the single digits.

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