Thursday, March 17, 2011

Energetic Spring Storm

        We had a very energetic spring storm here this morning. It was a typical March blizzard.

        At 7 AM we had 3 or 4 cm of snow. When I looked out at 8:30 I said, "Ooh, We've had a lot of snow!" It was snowing heavily and the visibility was down to 1 Km.

        We had an appointment at 10:00 AM. The road was still good...not slippery. By the time we left the appointment at 10:45 much more snow had fallen, the temperature had risen to close to zero and the visibility had dropped some more. Needless to say, the road conditions had deteriorated greatly. The highway between Edmonton and Calgary was treacherous and not recommended for travel. Many people had hit the ditch.

      The snow slacked off just before noon and stopped during the noon hour.

      I had shovelled snow before leaving for the appointment and shovelled after returning from the appointment. I went out after lunch and shovelled again. We had about 15 cm of snow altogether.

     So this is a typical spring storm here. Short of duration and heavy snowfall. It was not forecast to any extent. We were told we would get 2-4 cm. So I got my exercise today!


  1. It snowed here this morning too but the sun came out and melted most of it this afternoon. Maybe this will be the last one 'til the April showers;)

  2. Those March storms can come in as a surprise and really hit hard. Being so much farther south than you, we are showing signs of Spring finally. We had temps in the 60s yesterday. I was so glad to feel some warmth, I got out in the yard for awhile. Stay safe and warm. Hopefully you will soon have some better weather.

  3. I am SO ready for springtime, even if it means some of these snowstorms. We don't have them here all that much, but this one sounds like it should be over and past pretty quickly. Right?

    And yes it's a lot of exercise, shoveling snow! If Pete were still alive, he would be telling you he's tired out from shoveling all the sunshine out of his driveway in Florida. :-)

  4. Linda , I should have said that the sun came out around three. I hate to rain on your party but we will see a few more snow storms before it's over.

  5. Rae , it sounds like you've lived through a spring storm or two. When it's weather we take what comes. My daughter keeps me informed about your weather. It's always interesting to compare here and there.

  6. DJan , I think your internal climate sensor got a jolt this year when you spent three weeks in Florida. It's hard to come back and return to winter conditions. I will never forget Pete's line of shovelling sunshine! But a hiker like you, has probably walked through many snow storms. I well know the feeling with about 37 gr. seveners following along.