Laurelwood | After the storm - A Photo Essay

We all got the weather update days before it hit: -18 degrees for the low, blizzard-like conditions, between 5-10 centimetres of snow fall.  With that news, we all quietly prepared.  The snowploughs will likely start their run early morning, so at least we'll be able to navigate the streets after late morning and run our errands as normal.  You see, this is a tough community..snow, 20 cm of snow, blizzard, blowing & drifting snow.  The result of what some in the area are calling "round #2" of what meteorologists have described as a "Polar Vortex" moving across Southwestern Ontario.  Rural areas reported closed roads and snowploughs taken off the street for safety reasons.  My mother-in-law describes this as being officially "storm-stayed."  Thankfully not the case in the Laurelwood community, located in Waterloo, Ontario.

A heavy layer of snow covers the many homes, streets and driveways in the neighbourhood.   Laurelwood Drive, Ontario, CA

A heavy layer of snow covers the many homes, streets and driveways in the neighbourhood.  

Laurelwood Drive, Ontario, CA

The snow came and went, falling off and on all night and into the morning and during the afternoon.  It was as if mother nature was allowing its two naughty sons to play a game.. It was a game between the Sun and Snow.  "I got it, I got it, try this, "Blowing snow, poor visibility, and heavy snow fall."  "Wait, wait, my turn... "Sunshine!", beautiful sun flares and colourful horizons and brief mild temperatures."  However inconvenient, the resulting snow and conditions made for very beautiful, moody atmosphere, crisp air and photogenic urban landscapes.

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The weather continued its back and forth game throughout the day as the residents of Laurelwood carried on, less than amused.  But the weather simply is what it is and it goes on, and so shall we.  Residents help one another without having to ask.  Out come snow blowers and shovels and appreciative "thank you's!  

Homes, cars and driveways being excavated along Laurelwood Drive. Laurelwood Drive, Ontario, CA

Homes, cars and driveways being excavated along Laurelwood Drive.

Laurelwood Drive, Ontario, CA

There's no amount of snow that will prevent young and old alike from a walk to the local Starbucks just up the road for their favourite Latte.  

A young girl trekking though blowing snow, slowly making her way back home from the local Starbucks Erb Street & Laurelwood Drive.  Waterloo, ON.

A young girl trekking though blowing snow, slowly making her way back home from the local Starbucks

Erb Street & Laurelwood Drive.  Waterloo, ON.

Or a drive up to the local Sobeys for groceries...Laurelwood just snaps back, digs out and soldiers on.

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Although Waterloo Region is expected to receive more snow in the forecast, I'm not all that annoyed.  Sure I'd rather have spring right now, sporting my Chuck Taylor shoes and a T-shirt, but it's been kinda nice.  I'm enjoying bundling up and indulging on hot beverages and catching up on shows on Netflix!  At any rate, so proud to be a part of the Laurelwood community.  Stay safe, and stay warm!

*All images made with my iPhone 5c, edited  (in-phone) with VSCO Cam App.