When I realised that the Colorado Low bearing down on southern Manitoba on Sunday night was going to hit us on the same dates as the famous blizzard of ’66, I had an ominous feeling that – these things being so unpredictable, as Environment Canada said in its weather statements – we could be in for a repeat performance.
As it turns out, we weren’t. We got a lot of snow – about 20 cm – but it was nowhere near the 35+ cms that hit the city in ’66. The real difference, however, was the wind; in 1966, the wind gusted over 100 kmh, piling up monster drifts and erasing roads.
As much snow as we’ve had to shovel, we still dodged a bullet compared to ’66 (and ’86…and the biggest of all, ’97).
(Photo: Jerry Olenko)