A massive and long-awaited winter storm slammed into southeastern Ontario on Friday.
High winds swept through Kingston, Ont., in the morning as rain turned to snow, triggering the massive blizzard and flash freeze that was expected to last through the weekend.
PKBNEWS chief meteorologist Anthony Farnell said he expected the worst.
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“Winds, snow, it’s only going to get stronger as we go through Friday night and then Christmas Eve day, so tomorrow is not a day to get out on the roads,” he said. he declared.
For most people, a storm like this would be enough to keep them indoors, but for some it’s a Canadian right of passage.
“Thunder Bay was minus 40 degrees when I was growing up, so it’s not too bad for me,” Kingston resident Larry Hogan said as he rode through the storm in his yellow raincoat.
The City of Kingston activated its bylaw banning overnight parking on the street, and Friday morning businesses, including the Humane Society and the public library, closed early.
At Hydro One, preparations have been ongoing for days to deal with any impact on the power grid from the impending forecast.
Client operations manager Brooke Fraser, who oversees Kingston and the region, said the boots were already on the ground by early Friday afternoon.
“We have everyone on deck, all available resources are there to help us, we have neighboring utilities helping us,” she added.
At 3 p.m. Friday, there was already a tree on Clergy and Earl streets that had taken power lines with it.
However, it’s not all bad news for people living in and around Kingston.
Farnell said while the worst was yet to come on Friday, there could be a bright spot.
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” Wait. Today is not the day to do it, tomorrow it will start to get better, especially in the afternoon. I think you’re gonna get a window,” he said
Despite the glimmer of hope, the main message remains: stay indoors, avoid the roads and stay warm until Christmas.
Hogan said he would use the free time to catch up with his neighbors.
“Knock on doors, say hello to the neighbors, how are you, come and have a coffee,” he said.
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