It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Waiting by the phone…

It started snowing last night. We got about 15 cm (6 inches). In the early hours of this morning, we heard the distinctive fizzing hiss of ice pellets against the window. It’s been coming down for three or more hours so far. We expect about 5 – 10 mm of ice pellets. Oh, and then another 10 cm of snow.

Our car is encased in a glassy coating. The branches of trees are crystal lace. It’s very pretty. But…

The snow we could manage. The ice on top of the snow? Not so good. The snow on top of the ice on top of the snow? Yuuuuuuk…

I have the radio on: all school busses are cancelled. There are a raft of cancellations – meetings, classes, events. Accidents all over the city. The temperature’s not bad, only -7C (20F), but winds gusting to 46 km/hour (28.5 mph). Power lines are down in rural areas across the eastern part of the province, people without power in pockets all over. People are being asked not to drive in the city if not essential. In short, it’s a mess.

None of my kids take school busses, but no one should go out in this if they don’t have to. When Adam came down to the kitchen, I told him he could have the day off if he wanted. “Woo-hoo! Snow Day!!” He grabbed a Neo-Citran for his headache and congestion, and headed back up to bed.

So far I’ve received two phone calls. Nigel will not be in today!! Emily is staying home!!

But what about Timmy? And Anna?

Just like my kids, I’m hoping for a Snow Day.

No Snow Day for me.

March 2, 2007 Posted by | holidays, Ottawa | 14 Comments