We have had a blast of snow in British Columbia this past week. In our community, temperatures plunged down to minus 10 Celsius, causing us to shiver and look for our Winter sweaters, boots, mittens and scarves. Snow fell for several days and stayed on the ground. Some communities had between 10 to 20 centimetres. Although not that cold compared to many other parts of Canada and the world, it’s unusual for us out here on the West Coast.
If you had to go outside, you didn’t like this weather one little bit. Many of the roads were slick and slippery. The sidewalks were blanketed and in some cases, impassable for pedestrians as they slogged their way through knee-deep piles.
Some of us however loved the snowfall. I am not afraid to admit that I love snow. It is winter in Canada after all and snow is a part of winter. I guess it’s also a part of me.
As you are aware, I grew up on the prairies. Winter came roaring in every year and we accepted it. We dressed for it. We played outside in it for hours. As I wrote in earlier blog posts, we created “mountains” to ski down and spent hours tobogganing and playing soccer on the frozen fields. As children we would challenge each other to see who could catch the most snowflakes on our mittens and count their points before they all melted way. Our “Frosty the Snowmen” people would be built to last until the Spring thaw.
There’s just something magical about watching snowflakes fall and fill the crisp air. They swirl around, reach out to each other before they join and land softly on the ground. If you have witnessed these big fluffy snowflakes falling out of the sky on a crisp winter day, then you will understand what I am saying. It’s peaceful. You will see beyond the cold. You will see the beauty of glistening snow on the trees, grass and even rooftops of houses. The sun may peek out from behind the storm clouds and these snowflakes will sparkle and shine right before your eyes.
Some areas of Canada will still be digging out for a while yet. But alas, that is not for us out here on the West Coast. Today we are back to our seasonal temperatures. Warmer temperatures and rainfall have melted most of our lovely snow. It would be nice if it had stayed long enough for us to have had a white Christmas.
I wonder what the forecast is for this coming Christmas weekend? It’s only a few days away. Maybe, just maybe…….
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