Friday, 14 March 2008

Saturday Photo: The Fun Side of a Heavy Subject

Snow can be heavy stuff. The roof collapsed on a grocery warehouse in the Laurentians this week, killing three women. Today a man and his daughter in the Beauce region barely escaped when the snow load was too much for their roof. And all the kids in the Commission scolaire de Montréal were sent home at 10 a.m. Friday morning because of fears that the roofs of several schools were carrying dangerously heavy snow loads.
Crews will clear the roofs over the weekend "as a precaution," school officials say.

We're approaching snowfall records all over eastern Canada. In Montreal that's 383 cm, set in 1970-71, and only about 30 cm less than what we've received so far this season. With snowfall possible until late April we might make it. In the meantime, people are busy clearing snow from roofs, particularly in the mountains which didn't get the periods of thaw which melted some snow in Montreal.

But snow is fun, too, and the parks have been full of sledders and cross country skiers.

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