If you are someone who is always looking for that perfect excuse to stay inside, today is your lucky day. An Ontario ice storm has wreaked havoc on much of the province, and it’s so bad that police are recommending that people stay home rather than risk driving to work.
If you need an excuse to take a snow day, just tell your boss that the OPP told you to call it a day.
So, just how bad is this storm suppose to be? Well, according to Environment Canada, up to 5 millimetres of freezing precipitation are expected over parts of Ontario on Monday in a nasty combination of ice pellets and freezing rain.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, precipitation will also change to snow during the afternoon and will continue to fall until Tuesday evening, yikes.
“Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways, and parking lots may become icy and slippery. Take extra care when walking or driving in affected areas. Freezing rain warnings are issued when rain falling in sub-zero temperatures creates ice build-up and icy surfaces,” the agency warned in a stamen this morning.
However, it’s easy to read about something and brush it off. It’s a different story when you can see it for yourself. So, let’s take a look!
That Dreadful Winter Noise.
*SOUND UP* This is the freezing rain we’re getting. Looks like I’m staying in!! If you must be out today, please… https://t.co/BAdWE6HwCS— Celine Tellier (@Celine Tellier)1577710264.0
If you woke up to the sound of freezing rain this morning and still went to work, you are a trooper.
It's Breaking Our Branches and Our Spirits.
At least 5mm of accretion.. ice is starting to bend & break branches.. its a noisy rain too.. #onstorm #onwx… https://t.co/C6tgXFlRZY— Steve Coville (@Steve Coville)1577714044.0
It's bending and breaking those branches, just like our spirits.
No, Thank You.
Yes, I'm on the team stay inside. Stay inside forever.
It's Time to Bust Out the Skates.
If there are two things that should never mix and match, it is balconies and skating rinks.
Well, That Looks Dangerously Slippery.
Meanwhile, in Ontario 🥶❄️ #OnStorm #icestorm https://t.co/pI6kPcREiT— Suzy (@Suzy)1577717563.0
Nothing good has ever happened on crunchy grass. If you plan on venturing out today, make sure to be careful, or you might end up taking a slip.
Time to Start Scraping
Looking outside it see... oh wait, never mind. #icestorm #onstorm https://t.co/o9D7oIatjZ— Levine Communication (@Levine Communication)1577718971.0
With ice-covered everything, it's time to grab your scraper and attempt to get all that ice off your car.
Ice Ice Baby
Ice ice baby.. #onstorm #onwx #freezingrain #icestorm #Kingston #ygk #ygktraffic https://t.co/CaRVisITYT— Steve Coville (@Steve Coville)1577717732.0
I don't think this is what Vanilla Ice had in mind when he wrote his biggest hit.
Don't Ice and Drive.
Gooooood morning, Smiths Falls! #onstorm #dlws #IceStorm #MondayMorning #MondayVibes https://t.co/k4AVfMtrc2— Faron Gidge (@Faron Gidge)1577714774.0
Yet another perfectly good reason not to drive in an ice storm.
Don't Forget About the Wind
That crunchy noise is how trees sound, coated in layers of ice and swaying in the wind 🌬 ❄️ #OnStorm #icestorm2019 https://t.co/22DCg2hznG— Suzy (@Suzy)1577717738.0
With winds hitting up to 80 km/hr, it's expected to make the ice storm even worse.
*Disclaimer: Cover photo used for illustrative purposes only.