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December 18, 2008

Snowmageddon

CANADA - Not one but two large snowstorms are going to hit Ontario, Eastern Canada and the North East United States this coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The amount is estimated at 30 to 50 cm (approx. 1.5 - 2 feet) of snow over a 3 day period.

Weather watchers and forecasters are referring to it as Snowmageddon, and they're not joking about it. They're calling it because they're expecting a lot of traffic accidents and shut down of several cities as the result of heavy snowfall.

"Environment Canada is generally not prone to exaggeration unless there is deemed to be a real threat," the agency said in an understated special weather statement issued yesterday, which is predicting snow, snow and more snow. Perhaps in record amounts for December.

The OPP is basically urging drivers to SLOWDAFUCKDOWN. "People are just in too much of a hurry, sometimes impatient, not slowing down and keeping that distance between other vehicles," said OPP Sgt. Dave Woodford. Over 90% of winter driving accidents happen because drivers are traveling too fast and lose control on an icy patch.

Environmentalists are keen to point out the number of storms is due to more moisture in the atmosphere due to climate change. More heat in one part of Canada means more evaporation, which in turn creates larger/thicker clouds that can unleash larger amounts of precipitation in the form of rain, hail or snow.

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