East Coast Nor’easter

On the east coast we certainly like to talk about the weather, so let me put my few cents worth out there about the storm that started yesterday and is continuing this morning.

We’ve been fortunate so far this year with only one storm where businesses were delayed opening until ten in the morning. Mind you, the last couple of Friday’s we’ve been hit with not great driving conditions due to freezing rain and snow, but no major accumulation in my area. The ice on the electrical wires did cause power outages for some parts, but again not for my area.

Yesterday a nor’easter was predicted to hit the area. The schools boards made the decision to close for the day, while businesses chose to remain open. The forecasting models that the weather people use were not in agreement except to say most areas of the east coast were going to get some snow. The forecasted amounts ranged from 15 – 40 or more centimetres (6- 16 inches), not all that bad but when you consider it was a nor’easter and the winds were going to be strong and cause white-out conditions and drifting snow, that adds to the enormity of the storm. There were also conflicting reporting on the times of when it was thought the storm would hit the city. I’d heard anywhere from earlier in the morning until noon hour. Of course, by noon time, when the snow had not arrived everyone was a little miffed that the schools had closed and wondering where this big storm was.

One hour later and it had started. First we saw hail. Not a lot and it didn’t even cover the ground, but the wind had certainly started to get stronger. Then the fine snow started, which always brings to mind the old weather saying – little snow = big snow. In other words, if the storm starts off with fine snowflakes we are probably going to see a fair accumulation. For the first hour it didn’t look like that may be holding true for this storm.

By three pm it was a whole different story. There were white-out conditions, the snow was starting to stick to the roads and businesses were starting to shut down. The driving conditions very quickly became less than optimal and they were down right ugly by four thirty, just in time for all those people who were still working to get off and head home.

By 8pm there was at least 6 inches down although it was hard to tell with all the drifting going on. The winds were still blowing strong and continued until well into the night. It was hard to see across the back deck at times.

This morning we woke to a lot of snow, and it continued to snow until eleven. The snow between six and 11 this morning only left about another half an inch on the verandah. When I opened the patio doors at six o’clock there were drifts as high as my thighs on my back deck. Thank goodness it was not heavy wet snow. The cold temperatures made the snow light and fluffy and a little easier to shovel. Below is a picture of my back deck this morning. The angle of the shot does not do justice to the size of the drifts.

Schools are closed again today and lots of businesses delayed opening until 10am or noon. I’ve not heard what the main highways are like but the secondary roads are not good at all, and it is almost noon. There were a few cars going by my house early this morning but not the usual volume. The snow plow did go by around nine o’clock, and then later came back the other way, but by then the snow was packed down on the roads and the plow was unable to get the roads clear. The sun is trying to peak out but the cloud cover is giving it a hard time. Sun and cloud are forecasted for this afternoon and the next couple of days are supposed to be mild.


I am grateful I have the opportunity to telework everyday, but on days like today I am very grateful I don’t have to go out and brave the roads.

About Linda O'Toole

Women's Fiction Author
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1 Response to East Coast Nor’easter

  1. Diane Tibert says:

    We had a similar experience here: when the snow started, within 30 minutes, driving was treacherous. White out conditions quickly became an issue in my community where open hay fields breed ultimate white-out conditions.

    Reports say we had 41 centimetres. Of course, this didn’t all gather in one spot. Some places were blown clean while others had four-foot drifts.

    Pictures never do snow depth justice. As far as school cancellations go: some one will always complain. As long as the kids are safe, they can complain all they want.

    I too am glad to be able to work from home.

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