photo by Greg Talecki
A blizzard has rolled into Manitoba this evening, possibly upping the snow levels to more than we need for another catastrophic flood in a couple of months. They are calling for 5 - 10 cm of new snow overnight but it's hard to tell just how much has come down so far because the winds are gusting up to 70 kph.
My yard is full of snow drifts again so I will have to enlist the help of the teenage boys next door to shovel it out. My shoulder isn't in any shape to allow me to do that. Thankfully, the storm is supposed to end by noon tomorrow.
I was out for dinner with some girlfriends at the local Olive Garden this evening, our usual hangout for soup, salad and breadsticks. Man, I love their breadsticks! Hot from the oven, with lots of garlicky butter on top. Even tastier when combined with great friends and good conversation.
The storm hadn't started yet when we got to the restaurant, but by the time we left, there had been freezing rain, which coated the entire car in a thin, hard crust of opaqueness, topped off with a layer of sticky white snow plastered over the entire passenger side. Brushing the snow off was easy, but the ice on the windows resisted all but the most vigorous and frantic scrapings to remove enough for safe driving.
I am the only one of the bunch that actually lives in the city. The rest are country girls (I was once one of their number) and two didn't make it in at all. The other two who did had nerve wracking drives home through whiteout conditions in the dark. (See first photo, which was actually taken here in Winnipeg, but remove all traces of daylight.) No easy feat to stay on the road when you can't see anything more than 5 feet in any direction around you. One messaged me after she got home and said her normal 35 minute drive was two hours of white knuckle, headache inducing torture!
I live about a 10 minute drive from the restaurant, and it was a bit of a white knuckle drive for me... and I had the benefit of street lights and curbs to keep me on the straight and narrow home! Here's hoping this is the last storm of the season and that the spring melt is a long, slow one.