Saturday, December 21, 2013

It's beginning to look like an icicle covered Christmas

Some years the winter snow waits for Christmas, this year Santa has brought snow in by the sleigh full and he has decided to cover it with a thick layer of ice. The freezing rain alert continues for Toronto from Friday into Sunday, December 22, 2013. So even though it is too early for February Blahs, I now have the December Blahs. So here is some greenery from Allan Gardens. The danger of driving in slippery weather should hopefully keep most people at home and safe, but don't forget that weakened, ice-covered trees have the potential to knock down power lines and cut the electricity. Try to plan ahead for these types of emergencies.
This is the last weekend to see the Conservatory by candlelight, but the Christmas Show will be on until January 15. Allan Gardens is open every day (including Christmas) from 10 am to 5 pm. Free.

Freezing Rain Warning Issued at 3:42 PM EST Saturday 21 December 2013:
:Major ice storm forecast this evening into Sunday morning. A significant frontal boundary from near Windsor to near Hamilton eastwards across Lake Ontario is expected to slowly move southwards this evening as a slightly colder northerly flow starts to establish itself. Areas from Peterborough to Kingston received freezing rain all day today. Areas near Toronto and Hamilton reported mainly rain however as the front slides southward this will change over to freezing rain late this afternoon or during the evening hours. A Texas low continues to track towards the Lower Great Lakes this evening and will generate substantial moisture over the area. As a result a major freezing rain storm is expected for portions of Southern and Eastern Ontario. Additional freezing rainfall amounts on the order of 20 to 30 mm are possible by Sunday morning. As a result, ice accumulation on trees and power lines could potentially create widespread power outages and downed trees or tree limbs. Driving conditions on untreated roads could become very hazardous. Motorists and pedestrians should exercise caution and adjust travel plans accordingly."

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