Friday, February 24, 2012

Snow day is a bust

All we heard all day yesterday was that there was a snowstorm coming. CP24 promised to start their "storm watch" coverage this morning at 5am.

Before I went to bed last night, I checked the status on the Weather Network ...

All Alerts In Effect for City of Toronto

Snowfall Warning

Issued at 3:18 PM EST Thursday 23 February 2012

Snow is on the way.

A low pressure system over Illinois this afternoon is forecast to track northeastward across the Lower Great Lakes tonight. Snow in advance of this system will spread into Southwestern Ontario this evening, the greater Toronto area overnight, and reach Eastern Ontario by Friday morning. Total snowfall accumulations of about 15 cm are expected for many locales along a swath from Sarnia to Cornwall. The snow will taper off from west to east Friday afternoon and evening.

I had my work laptop at home so I figured that's where I'd be working today rather than traveling on the slippery snowy roads to the office.

I stuck my head out the door about 6:30 this morning expecting to see huge fluffy flakes of snow falling from the sky ... but it was raining. Huh?

Just before I left for work this morning about 8:15am, this was the warning from the Weather Network ...

Snowfall Warning

Issued at 4:48 AM EST Friday 24 February 2012

Snow today.

A low pressure system over Ohio this morning is forecast to track northeastward across the Lower Great Lakes today bringing snow to much of Southern Ontario. Snow has already started over Southwestern Ontario and will reach Eastern Ontario late this morning. Total snowfall accumulations of up to 15 cm are expected for many locales along a swath from Sarnia to Cornwall. The snow will taper off from west to east this evening and into Saturday morning.

And this is what our street looked like ...

When Gord and I heard we'd be getting a lot of snow, we got excited because we thought we'd finally be able to use our snowshoes this winter.

I kept looking out the window at work (it faces south towards downtown) to see how much snow was accumulating.

At 10:52am, it seemed like we'd be getting some snow.

At 2:42pm and after hours of rain, the fog was lifting and I was losing faith.

At 2:55pm, the sky was clearing and the rain was stopping ...

By 3:21pm, I could see the CN Tower.

When I got home about 5:30pm, it was like when I left ... raining but the wind had picked up.

According to the Toronto Star online ...

The experts haven’t made such a miscalculation in their predictions since the great 2011 Groundhog Day blizzard, which didn’t live up to its hype. (Instead of the feared 30 cm, Toronto got a manageable 13 to 17 cm of snow back then.)

Similarly, the city awoke Friday to dreary, wet weather — a total bust compared to the 10 cm dump anticipated.


In preparation for what was shaping up to be the biggest single-day snowfall of this unseasonably warm winter, school buses didn’t operate in York or Peel regions. The City of Toronto had crews on standby in preparation. And even Bixi shut down their 80 systems and 1,000 bikes for the first time since their introduction last year.

But, come morning ... a mess of rain, ice pellets and a few measly flakes. Around 9 a.m., the snowfall warning issued Thursday night was cancelled. By the afternoon, the sun was shining.

Guess what Gord and I are not doing this weekend after all?!


Isabel said...

that sucks. Weather men are liars!!

Kayla @ TheEclecticElement said...

We kind of had the same issue here the other day-They said it was going to be the "biggest snow storm of the Winter" and advised caution and care when going out on the roads, blah blah blah...

Well we wake up with a dusting *rolls eyes*

Granted, it kinda WAS the biggest one of this Winter, but still, not as HUGE as they were predicting.