I keep getting told Toronto is experiencing an unusually warm winter. It’s certainly not half as bad as I was expecting – maybe I’ve brought the mediocre British weather with me!
But last week, I did get to experience a whole new weather I’ve never seen before – freezing rain! I find its hard to explain (and I found it hard to understand before seeing it for myself) – why it’s more than just really cold rain and not sleet or hail.
Any Canadians reading this probably won’t get what the big deal is… but to a Brit overseas it was new phenomenon.
Freezing rain is basically rain that freezes almost immediately upon making contact with the ground. A total nightmare to walk through, as the ground pretty much turns into an ice-rink – but incredibly beautiful to look at. Everything outside – trees, cars, benches – become encased in a thick layer of crystal like ice.
It’s not the easiest to get photos of, but here’s a few (plus a few I stole off my boyfriend) to show you what it’s all about….