Be careful what you wish for. What started out as a few flurries mixed with drizzly rain has turned into a rather nasty storm, as I type this. It’s very windy and our power has been off and on a half dozen times — off again, of course, just as you get all the blinking clocks set! And sirens are going everywhere. It seems that no matter the date, no one is ever prepared for the first snowfall. More photos in the morning, if there’s any snow left.
THE sun that dim November day
Had failed to kiss the clouds away
From quiet Nature’s furrowed face,
Where autumn tears had left their trace.
And, by and by, on fields of brown
The feathered flakes came floating down
From Heaven to this world of ours,
Like spirits of departed flowers.
And fast and faster through the night,
Till Morn arose on meadows white,
And o’er the landscape lightly stepped
Where tired Nature, smiling, slept.
__Albert Bigelow Paine
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The Morning After
These are a few photos I grabbed from the balcony this morning — they are only snapshots, but will give you an idea of how much snow we got. This, by Maritime standards, is a mere dusting of snow, but two things contributed to a nasty and dangerous night: (a) the wind was very strong, knocking power out to several areas and (b) the snow, which began heavy and wet, froze on the roads as the temperatures plummeted. Several sections of provincial highway were closed last night, including stretches of the 104 where hundreds of vehicles were stranded overnight, and motorists are being cautioned this morning about black ice. If this is any indication of what our winter is going to be like, and of how UNprepared the DOT is to handle them, it could, indeed, be a very long winter.