I used to take my car to work every day, but for the last few months I've been taking the bus, so my car pretty much stays parked all week long.
In this case, I hadn't moved it in close to 10 days, 2 snowstorms, and some ice rain. Which means my car was completely buried under 30+ centimeters of snow, ice and heavy slush. On top of that, several plows had cleared the streets over the week, so my car was pinned behind a rock-hard, 2 foot, snow bank.
Every day I procrastinated, waiting for a warmer day so at least the snow would be softer and easier to clear, but sadly that day never came.
At about 10:30-something, I was taking my dog Biff out for his last walk of the night, when I saw the city had put snow clearing signs up.
I ran back to my appartment, grabbed my snowsuit, and headed to my car to get my shovel out of the back seat. Only Icouldn't even open my door to get to the showel.
So here I am, late at night, digging my car out by hand until I finally cleared enough snow to get to shovel. An hour and a half later, I had finally managed to dig my car out, but when I tried to drive, it wouldn't budge an inch.
While I was busy shovelling, 3 complete stangers offered to help me.
One person offered to lend me their metal shovel to cut through the ice, one offered to help push the car, and one guy even asked if I wanted him to get me some boiling water to melt the ice.
Unfortuately, none of that would have helped, because the sheet of ice my car was resting on had thawed out a bit over the last week. That means all 4 of my wheels were litterally embedded in the ice.
After deperately trying to rock my car out of the litteral hole I had dug myself into, I caved and called a tow-truck. Even the tow-truck guy was super nice! He even offered me a $20 discount. But still, $75 seemed a little steep and after 1.5 hours of labor, I was too invested already.
I decided to try one more time.
That's when another kind soul knocked on my window and offered some help. He pulled out a set of traction aids from his trunk and spent close to 20 minutes helping me get my car out.
Finally I was free, and I wanted to pay him back so I offered him $20 seeing as how he had just saved me $75
The guy said thanks, but refused the cash and got back in his car. Only HE was now stuck in thick slushy snow. There was my chance to pay him back! I grabbed my shovel, started digging, and before you know it, I was the one helping HIM get out of a ditch.
Once we were both out, we just smiled and waved and went about our day.
What was sure to be a nightmarish situation, actually turned out pretty pleasant, and it's all thanks to the kindness of strangers.
In the span of 2 hours, 5 different stangers offered to help me. 5! By the end, all I could think was, Montrealers are super nice!
Sure, today isn't so bad if you don't mind the rain, but it's going to seriously suck tomorrow when all that rain and melted snow turns to ice. I'm calling it right now, on Friday morning, Montreal will be turned into a giant ice rink.
As for the long-term forecast, things aren't looking so good on that front either. Here are the week to week predictions from the Old Farmer's Almanac:
Jan 19-27: Rain to snow, then flurries, cold.
Jan 28-31: Blizzard, then flurries, very cold.
That's means we'll probably be seeing a blizzard (Not a snowstorm, a goddamn blizzard!) in Montreal before the end of the month.
February isn't looking so great either. Temperatures will average -11°C, which is 3°C less than the average, and precipitation levels will be twice as high as normal.
At this point it really feels like summer will never be here. And I'm gonna be honest, even it does get here eventually, I don't I'm gonna make it.
The snow is supposed to start falling later today, in the afternoon. When it's all done, we'll have up to 15cm of snow on the ground, as well as violent wind gusts just to make you a little more miserable.
Luckily, if we make it through today we're in the clear. The rest of the week is supposed to be warm, really warm, like 5°C warm.
It is just me or has the weather been especially weird lately? Who knows, maybe it'll stay weird and the snow will simply decide not to show up.