Winter 2015 has finally arrived

4 Jan

In southern Ontario we can expect winter conditions in early December. We did experience sub-zero temperatures and get enough early snow to make starting my snow-blower worthwhile, but it all melted and we were pleasantly treated to some mild temperatures and green Christmas holidays.

I spent New Year’s Day in my Subaru driving in extremely poor winter conditions. It’s a well equipped all-wheel drive car and the Nokian Hakkapeliitta tires are the best  for the worst road conditions that I expect to drive.
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Many of the drivers on highway #401 have no concept of a safety cushion, no clue as to the stopping distances required on icy surfaces, and seem to be oblivious to the dangerous conditions as they maintain the posted speed limit and gawk at the cars in the ditches.

Today we have a mix of new snow, freezing rain and light drizzle and fog. The temperatures are expected to swing from +5°C to -10° C.  I was watching a Blue Jay in our back yard and wondering how they can survive being cold and wet.

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One Response to “Winter 2015 has finally arrived”

  1. bikermissus January 4, 2015 at 2:41 pm #

    We had mild temps and a green Christmas as well, I absolutely loved it. I also spent New Year’s Day on the highway in my Subaru…not in conditions as bad as what you faced by the sounds of it though. We’re awaiting our first winter mess this evening…snow, changing to ice pellets changing to rain. Yay.

    Wishing you a happy and healthy 2015 and a safe riding season 🙂

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