Wednesday, February 17, 2016

F is for Freezing

F is for freezing. Our mild winter has turned into a wild winter. Temperatures plummeted this past weekend. Saturday wind chills were well below zero degrees Fahrenheit, too cold to be outside for more than a few minutes.

A tale of heroism arose from the frigid cold when an early morning snowplow run turned into a daring rescue. He was  making his first pass on Jay Street, traveling north toward Lake Ontario, but when he got to Lake Rd. an unusual sight caught his eyes, a pair of tail lights in the lake. Thanks to an observant snowplow driver and a willing passerby, a young man was rescued from an icy death. He escaped with a serious leg injury when he was temporarily pinned between his car, tossed about by angry lake waters, and the frozen blocks of ice collecting on the shore.

I watched a video of the car being slowly and steadily lashed by the icy waves of Lake Ontario and shuddered to think that this young man could easily have been encased, along with his car, in the icy Lake Ontario shore. Yesterday the temperatures were warmer, but nearly two feet of snow fell on the region. We could have made a grim discovery come spring. Instead we have reason to rejoice.

More ABC Wednesday here.

PS. Photos (not mine) were taken on Saturday morning while the car was visible and the following day after it was totally encased in the shoreline.


  1. Oh my goodness, what a terrifying incident! Praise God for observant and helpful snowplow operator!

  2. wonderful photo's and scenery... overhere its freezing to but with sun and no snow ...
    to cold for me... i long for spring

    Have a nice abc-day / - week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

  3. Beautiful wintry photos and what a rescue ~ so glad young man is okay ~

    Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

  4. glad he was spotted!

  5. I heard it was bad back there! Thankfully, here we're watching the cherry blossom and crocuses bloom and the daffodils sprout!

    abcw team

  6. Oh my.... stay warm !!! Wish I could send you some ☀ sunshine from Florida...

  7. -13 in Albany Feb 14. But it hit 50 two days later.


  8. Oh dear what a story! Amazing that the driver of this car was rescued! He must have been terribly icy cold.
    Wil, ABCWTeam

  9. "F" is for freshly fall snow

  10. We have escaped that kind of winter here, it has been so mild. My fingers are crossed.