1.) if the vehicles are all travelling at a regular rate of speed, the roads are fine
2.) if the vehicles are creeping along at a snails pace, we stay home and wait it out
3.) if most of the vehicles are moving slowly but every once in a while some bonehead is flying down the highway, we stay home and wait it out
Regardless of how much snow we get, there is always a speeding bonehead on the highway. I do not use this term lightly, these are the people that cause massive accidents and much heartache every winter on the roads of Southern Ontario. They don't even deserve to have a license, as far as I'm concerned.
Last night the roads didn't pass the test, as all vehicles were moving slowly. This morning the outcome of last night's surprise snowfall was more evident, as there are LOTS of big branches down all over the yard - and more snow coming down. It's just at the freezing point so this is the wet, heavy stuff that makes excellent snowballs but also brings down branches and power lines. Thankfully we haven't lost power, yet. It has flickered a few times, but that's it.
This was what I woke up to this morning, as I walked into the kitchen. The weather people say we have more coming today, and tomorrow.
Thus begins Winter 2008/09 in the country.