This past winter it snowed early and it snowed often. It was punctuated with a massive ice storm in December and a wicked cold snap during Feb with temperatures between -25 and -40 for a significant portion of the month. All in all it was great for the kids to play in the yard and make snowmen, go sledding and play on the banks that are created from me and the neighbours shoveling their driveways. The snow banks on our front yard was so high this year that Abby and Aiden could reach the first branch of the Maple Tree in the front yard which I need a ladder to reach during the summer. It also added about 10 min to our walk to and from the bus stop because as all kids do, Abby and Aiden had to climb up and slide down every single snow bank on the way. After so many winters where the snow is limited this was awesome for the kids. Here are some pics from our winter.
Ice Storm: Dec 21-22, 2013
Only a few days into our Christmas Holidays this year, we were hit with a huge ice storm. It started freezing rain on the evening of Dec 21 and carried on throughout the night. The end result was over an inch of ice on everything and thousands of trees down everywhere. We were fortunate with only one large branch falling down from our tree in the backyard. It also resulted in massive power outages throughout Toronto that lasted until the New Year. Again we were fortunate in that our power was out for about 10 min in total. For Melissa, it was quick tricky to try and get home from work that morning after night shift with trees down on all the major routes. With some very slow driving and a few detours she made it home. Here are a few pics from our street: