'Beats living in Nevada': Londoners new and old celebrate winter
On the first day of significant snowfall in the City of London, it seems most people were happy to see it.
But perhaps none more so than Patti, a new Londoner, who declined to share her last name.
“I’m actually originally from Nevada, kind of by Vegas, and I think I saw snow once when we lived there. And then we were living in the south of France. We just moved to Canada right before the pandemic, so we are very excited about the snow.”
The latter part of her quote refers to her husband, who grew up on a South Pacific island.
Holding a snow shovel, Patti shared her opinion that Ontario’s cold is far more tolerable than Nevada’s heat.
“It beats Vegas. It got up to 50 degrees Celsius sometimes in the summer, so I am not missing it at all.”
Winter is also celebrated by Wally McKinnon. The London retiree is pleased he did not have to commute in the sudden heavy snow fall, but beyond that he was happy with the white stuff.
While shovelling his driveway he was sporting an old snowsuit with special meaning.
“I’m wearing a vintage red snowsuit that once belonged to my wife’s favourite uncle. So this is my first run of it this winter. Getting it all warmed up for what’s coming up next.”
Wally McKinnon of London, Ont. stands with his shovel and vintage red snowsuit once owned by a loved family member who recently passed, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. (Sean Irvine / CTV News)
Whatever comes next is fine with recycling collector Tim, who was moving too quickly through the snow to share his last name.
“I guess it officially not winter yet, but snow comes now whenever I guess. I like it, my kids like it. I can’t complain, they’re not complaining.”
And neither were three-year-old Teegan and her two-year-old sister Sloane Peterson.
They were playing in a snow filled Lambeth playground Tuesday morning.
Teegan told CTV News London she loves winter, and “making a snowman.”
She also coined a familiar name for her creation.
“Frosty” she said with a big smile.
Joy followed some frustration
Shovels, brushes, and patience were needed Tuesday morning as the wintry blast has made for a messy commute in the London area.
Provincial police reported several vehicles in ditches on roads around the city, with CTV News London getting reports of vehicles in ditches along Highbury Avenue and Wellington Road south of London.
Provincial police they were reminding drivers to slow down in the snow.
Meanwhile mybigyellowbus.com reported dozens of bus delays Tuesday morning.
This afternoon, flurries and possible drizzle are expected as the temperature rises.