One of the challenges of living in the Northeast is contending with snow. This winter has been a challenge for Ottawa, with a massive snowfall in mid-March. As of April 1st, several meters remain on the ground. It does not feel like spring.
It has been an interesting experience. For the most part, commuting has been very low-drama. The city has done a great job of keeping the streets clear. It has hampered their night-time efforts (such as trash collection) and impacted street parking.
Driving before the snowplows have come, however, is an adventure. I got to test the Land Rover’s hill descent control and boulder climbing mode – while traversing my unplowed street and the gigantic mountain accumulated at the intersection from the main road having been cleared.
See my photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/rdonovan/sets/72157605140819202/. And CBC’s coverage at http://www.cbc.ca/canada/ottawa/story/2008/03/10/record-snowfall.html.
Hopefully it will melt soon!