In most cases the storm never arrives and we move on with our lives, grumbling all the while about the fool weather service.
A huge storm was predicted for last night and extending well into today. I cancelled my meeting scheduled for this morning as a precaution and decided to 'work' from home.
Many school boards took the precaution of cancelling schools yesterday. This is rare - generally the call is made at 6 AM to cancel the schools for that day.
That should have been a sign that this was no false alarm.
When Paolo woke up at 3 am to get ready for work I looked out the window and noticed very few flakes out there.
'Pfft' I thought - another false alarm.
When I finally crawled out of bed at 6 am the snow had started. It's 4 PM now and it hasn't stopped. We figure it is the most snow we've had in about 4 years.
I shoveled at 10 AM - back spraining shoveling. The snow was up to my knees.
By the time I had finished one area of the driveway it appeared that it hadn't been done at all because so much snow had fallen on it again! ARGH
I helped shove cars out of the unplowed street. That was when I decided in for the day.
Someone posted this helpful information on facebook:
When you consider that a shovelful of snow weighs 5 to 7 pounds, you realize how much weight you have to lift to clear your sidewalk or driveway — on average, several hundred pounds! These technique tips will help keep your back in top shape:
- Do a quick warm-up and some simple stretching.
- Always try to push snow rather than lifting it.
- Protect your back by lifting properly and safely:
- Stand with feet at hip width for balance.
- Hold the shovel close to your body.
- Space hands apart to increase leverage.
- Bend from your knees and hips, not your back.
- Tighten your stomach muscles while lifting.
- Avoid twisting while lifting.
- Walk to dump snow rather than throwing it.
- When snow is deep, shovel small amounts at a time.
- ...And don't forget to take breaks!
Here is a shot of the traffic camera on Canada's busiest highway taken at about the same time:
Unlike the crowds who descended upon the stores last night I decided to wait and do my shoppin this morning after the false-alarm snowfall. When I took stock this morning I was out of both milk and eggs. I did have plenty of beer, wine, vodka, and rum.
I guess we'll get through it.