We had about 2-3 inches of snow yesterday. As usual, the streets weren’t cleared of it, but those blessed guys we hire privately were at the house and cleaned the driveway and walks. Great group!
That may not seem like a lot of snow. But in Regina, there is a thick layer of ice on all the streets, and the city is waiting for global warming to solve its snow-removal problem.
Then we had another 4-5 inches over night. Getting out of the street where we live (the snow plows have been there twice all winter, which I’m told is twice as often as usual) was “exciting” but doable. And, of course, not even the main streets, not to mention any of the side streets has had any snow removed in the past 36 hours. All this on top of a really nice, thick layer of ice on even the main streets and deep ruts on the side streets makes for unpleasant driving conditions.
We’re expecting another 2-3 inches this afternoon and evening. Getting home from the university pub after my seminar this evening might be a fun challenge.
Also, the temperatures are still down around -20 with windchills nearly -40 (C or F doesn't matter -- they're the same at -40). The highest HIGH temperature in the 5-day forecast is -13C.
I can understand living here for a year or even two or three years – it is quite an adventure!
But how people face it for eternity is beyond my comprehension.