For three weeks I have tried to hack up a post about how non-wintery this winter has been, and every time I tried, I could only think of the boredom and nothing ever happened. It’s been so long since the last post I can’t remember what was going on during our one week of real winter. Sure it was cold but a week of it does not a winter make.
Generally, this winter has been a real cakewalk. Most of the southern half of the province has been brown for the majority of it, the occasional squall flying through whitens the prairie in streaks, but it doesn’t last.
Trying to find something to take a photo of has been next to impossible for me, the list of whys is ten feet long. It seems we have been stuck in a sort of stasis here, still white in the fields around, a inch or two of flakes here and there just to keep a cover but never enough for a sled. No nice waves, no big optic shows, no drifts, ONE frost. Temperatures hovering right around the freezing mark and albedo effect have kept a nice base layer of divot filling snow, a few brown bits were just starting to stick out before we got 10cm Sunday night, a few more over the week and a shot of wind. Now everything is smooth and setup nicely for what could be coming over the next 24 hours. 15cm and I think we can drag the the Cats out for a ride.
Could be a foot, could be an inch.
A nice big bomb is crashing the coast, expected to reform near Calgary tomorrow morning, then the fun begins.
Southeast winds are already heading toward the low, by noon tomorrow they should be flying south to fill the hole, laden with fresh snow. PASPC mentioned optimum conditions for dendritic growth and 15:1 snow/water ratio, which means goosefeathers, piles of them.
A snowfall warning is in effect for an area from Grande Prairie to Oyen, winter storm warnings should start flying when the wind picks up. It’s a nice setup, but there is no block to the east so it will scoot past quickly.
Hard to believe, for me anyway, that spring is less than a month away already. Is this our last taste of winter already?
Before scouring the driveway of the 10cm we picked up Sunday, I decided to set up a camera and see what a time lapse of the procedure would look like. 2 hours in 30 seconds. I wish!