Monday, November 11, 2013

Calgary Has Snow

When the snow hits, you gotta be prepared. Sadly, I am not. I don't have snow tires for the Mazda yet. I checked on Kijiji and found some tires up there. But to be honest, I'm not exactly trusting with a stranger on used tired.

This week the forecast looks like this:

I see a possible snow storm coming up on the weekend. I haven't gone skiing yet, I'm going to try and convince my better half we should try it. Highway driving makes me nervous when on the 22x. I call the 22x the Highway of Death. Another really bad highway for road deaths is the main road to Ft. Mc Murray.

My advice when driving this season in the winter:

* Winter tires
* Pack a shovel and emergency kit

  • Food that won't spoil, such as energy bars
  • Water—plastic bottles that won't break if the water freezes (replace them every six months)
  • Blanket
  • Extra clothing and shoes or boots
  • First aid kit with seatbelt cutter
  • Small shovel, scraper and snowbrush
  • Candle in a deep can and matches
  • Wind‑up flashlight
  • Whistle—in case you need to attract attention
  • Roadmaps
  • Copy of your emergency plan 
When driving:

  • Blizzards: The most dangerous of winter storms, combining falling, blowing and drifting snow, winds of at least 40 km/h, visibility less than one kilometre and temperatures below -10°C. They can last from a few hours to several days.
  • Heavy snowfall: Refers to snowfalls of at least 10 centimetres in 12 hours, or at least 15 centimetres in 24 hours; accumulation may be lower in temperate climates.>
  • Freezing rain or drizzle: This can lead to ice storms, with ice covering roads, trees, power lines, etc.
  • Cold snap: Refers to temperatures that fall rapidly over a very short period of time, causing very icy conditions.>
  • Winds: They create the conditions associated with blizzards, and cause blowing and drifting snow, reducing visibility and causing wind chill.>
  • Black ice: Refers to a thin layer of ice on the road that can be difficult to see or can make the road look black and shiny. The road freezes more quickly in shaded areas, on bridges and on overpasses when it is cold. These areas remain frozen long after the sun has risen.>
  • Slush: Wet snow can make for slushy roads. Heavy slush can build up in the wheel wells of your vehicle and can affect your ability to steer. Large trucks and buses can blow slush and snow onto your windshield, leading to a sudden loss of visibility. 
And always remember: Bridges ice up before the roads.

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