Apparently the weather in the Canadian prairie provinces (and North Dakota) have been more then just colder then normal, they’ve been record breaking cold. Temperatures in some places have been 15 to 20 degrees Celsius colder then normal (about 10 to 20 degrees Fahrenheit colder then normal). Sure, we get weather this cold for a few weeks eventually, but as we just had higher then normal temperatures, we haven’t really had a chance to get used to the cold yet. This morning the CBC morning radio show was reminding people to dress appropriately, even if you are driving. Before I even left the house (7:30AM) there were already several car accidents and stalls. CAA was suggesting that the wait time for a tow truck was anywhere from 4 to 8 hours. Can you imagine waiting for a tow truck that long in a wind chill of -35Celcius (-26Fahrenheit)?!
I am so grateful for being able to take the LRT. I may have to shiver outside long enough to get to the station, but once I get there I am relatively warm and free from traffic tie ups or waiting around in the cold. As an added bonus, the LRT station I get off of (and, in fact, the one before and after that) is directly connected to my work building so I don’t have to venture outside again until I head home.
Edit: Ironically I came home to a cold apartment – the heat isn’t working and my room is full of drafts.