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As a child growing up in Montreal, snow was a given every Christmas. The first snow usually fell in November and the last snow was usually in April. The question wasn’t whether there would be snow on the ground on Christmas Day, it was whether snow would fall or not. And it was really just a matter of when, how much and whether it would be tobogganing snow, snowman snow or magical fat snowflake snow that coated everything with a layer of white. That was my favorite, especially at night when the Christmas lights in the neighbourhood shone through and everything looked and sounded blurry. Magic.

Since we moved to Toronto, snowfalls are few and far between because it’s much milder here. Rain and grass has been the norm the past few years during the holidays. On the rare occasion when we get any kind of accumulation, I’m quick to head out to enjoy it. Especially when it’s the magical snow! It makes me feel like a kid again. 🙂

The pics below were from a surprise snowfall last April that lasted an hour or two and I grabbed my camera and my husband and headed out on the paths near our house to snap some pics before it melted (later that afternoon). It was mild outside and the snow melted when it hit the path but lasted long enough on the branches of the trees to turn our stroll into a magical winter wonderland.

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It’s been a long time since we had an April snow but we got one today – and in an El Nino year no less! It started at dinner time and we had gone out to eat and watched the fat snowflakes falling all through our meal, covering everything in a heavy wet blanket of white. On the drive home, we were mesmerized by the snow-covered trees with each little branch clearly defined like little veins. As soon as we got home, we picked up the camera and headed out to the trail near the house to snap some photos. After all, this might be the last snowfall of the season. 🙂 What we found was a magical wintry wonderland.

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The weather has been very mild lately, above seasonal, no snow on the ground, and very unlike-Christmas.

When you’re a kid growing up, a green Christmas is nothing short of a tragedy. Christmas without snow just wasn’t as magical.

This year, we spent christmas in Montreal and it had been unseasonably warm there too up until Christmas Eve. On Christmas morning, we woke up to a white fluffy landscape with thick white snowflakes falling (that kept up all day) – a perfect Christmas day.

On our way to my sister’s place – we were the first footsteps along the path on Christmas morning – I took the pic before we stepped through it:

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I woke up to see that we had a flurry overnight, the light and fluffy snow that hangs precariously on branches and fences. One swift gust of wind would blow everything away. It’s supposed to go up to 3 degrees today and all of it will melt away so I took a pic when I had the chance. 🙂

Oh, and for all of you wondering if the berries are still hanging on. Yes, they are:

If those little berries can get through the winter unscathed, we certainly can too. 🙂

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This one comes from the post a day challenge.

My favourite word, for the longest time, has been:  Flurry

I love the way it sounds. It sounds like furry, and it reminds me of fat, fluffy snowflakes that are soft like little tufts of fur, falling from the sky at twilight just when the old-fashioned street lamps go on (like on St-Denis street in Montreal), and everything is decorated for Christmas, and the snowflakes sparkle because of all the twinkling xmas lights.

A flurry is a delicate, magical, snowglobe-esque snowfall that makes me warm inside, like hot chocolate. Anytime I’m outside in this weather, I’m happily thinking to myself – “Yay! It’s flurrying!” 🙂

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No shadow = Early spring!

“The sky is clear. Prepare for warmth!” With those rousing words Wednesday morning, the world’s most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, offered a ray of hope to millions of Americans being buffeted by a monster winter storm.

By seeing no shadow as he emerged from his ceremonial burrow in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, on Groundhog Day 2011, Phil, according to tradition, is said to have predicted an early spring.

Read all about it here.

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The Storm Watch warnings are everywhere.

A BIG storm is coming.

Southern Ontario will be hit.

Toronto is guaranteed to get 15cm of snow – the question is, how much more? Some areas could see up to 30cm.

Toronto hasn’t seen more than 20 cm of snow at once in nearly three years.

Last significant snowfall in Toronto was February 6, 2008

And even that wasn’t very much…

We could get lucky and hope for the lake effect to protect us in Mississauga. We’ll see!!

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