Extreme Cold Warning

Extreme Cold Warning

Attila has been making short, very short, forays out with the shovel. He cleared the driveway over the course of the day. Quite a bit of snow fell over the course of the night and during the morning. it is very cold out there. Attila said that shoveling near the house wasn’t too bad, but out at the end of the driveway, where the wind was howling, was almost unbearable. I didn’t go out to help shovel, too cold for my knee. In an emergency I would do it, but it isn’t an emergency, and Attila did a great job. The snow continues to fall.

Heating with the oil furnace means that a lot of static is generated in the house. It is oh so dry, 22% relative humidity when I arose at dawn this morning, and I’ve only got it up to 26% this afternoon. Still working on it though, as tonight is supposed to be really cold, -24C, so the furnace will be working hard all night.

The dryness creates a lot of static, which means my hair, which is very fine, is standing on end, literally. This morning I had wet my hands and run them over my hair, so that I could capture it all and put it up into a bun. I am wearing a hat over the bun, to keep it under control, as long strands escape confinement with great ease.

It is a quiet Sunday here at Mist Cottage. A day of puttering, crocheting, reading, cooking, and doing little odd jobs around the house, checking them off the list.



Date: 12:00 PM EST Sunday 20 January 2019
Condition: Drifting Snow
Pressure: 100.9 kPa
Tendency: Falling
Temperature: -17.1°C
Dew point: -22.1°C
Humidity: 65%
NNW 26 km/h Wind Chill: -28
Visibility: 24 km

Tonight: Mainly cloudy with 60 percent chance of light snow. Local blowing snow this evening and after midnight. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50. Low minus 24. Wind chill minus 30 in the evening and minus 38 overnight. Frostbite in minutes.


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1909 – 2000


  1. Thanks Sandy, stay warm where you are! Attila was listening to local radio station that said these conditions, frigid cold combined with high wind and a huge amount of snow, last occurred here in 1920 in Montreal… so it isn’t unprecedented, just a tad unusual. Tonight is the cold one, so far we are warm and cozy!

  2. Teri

    I think the low here is supposed to be -23C, similar to you, but it sounds like we had much less snow. I think we topped out at about 4 inches. DH was able to pretty much just push it out of the way, for the most part.

    Crazy weather! It looks like our weekends are going to be frigid with warm ups during the week. Hopefully we’ll break that cycle and get back to normal temps pretty soon.

  3. Teri, I think we did get a lot more snow here than you did! People were shoveling out their driveways for hours here, one neighbour goes around with a snowblower and clears driveways for people who are elderly or physically challenged, what a sweetheart. He used to clear the driveway here at Mist Cottage when I lived her by myself, and I always appreciated it very much. It has stopped snowing for now, and no more storms in the forcaste for the next week, thank goodness. Winter is here, but I don’t mind it the way I did at the country house, I look at images of the area and shudder with relief that I am not living there anymore!

  4. WendyNC

    It’s even cold here in the southeastern USA. Tonight, it’s to be down to 14F (-10C) and tomorrow’s high is to be 31F (just under 0C). We are so fortunate that the wet left right before the cold arrived. All of you in those snowier places, please take care.

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