It may not be on the Canadian radar, but that doesn't mean it isn't coming people - if the storm is coming from the US it will be on the US radar for a person to track. I was shocked that so many people said they didn't know it was coming - my goodness how can you have missed it? It was a HUGE system...and what did they think rain in FEBRUARY would do? Bring up flowers? Green up the grass? UH DUH!
Now if you check the radar and the forecasts and road conditions you should have a pretty good picture of what is going on. And if you don't watch your feet when you are walking out of your house - our front door under the pergola is ice and you can skate down our driveway and down our municipal road. Get a weather rock, look your windows, turn on a radio or a TV, check the weather online, watch the wild animals and birds.
Yeah that's right, watch the wild animals and birds - are they eating like crazy? Are they in large groups? Eating when they normally wouldn't? Those are signs of a storm - the animals can sense the changes in barometric pressure and their instincts tell them to get ready with full tummies because they might be without for a while.
Speaking of full tummies - do you have your 72 hour kit? Generator? Batteries? Radio? Flashlight? I won't list it all here because there are many sites that do, but would you be able to take care of yourself for 72 hours without power and municipal services? We'd be okay but we are prepared, as we have to be out in the country. Living in town or close to town is a false comfort because you can be without power and help for just as long as us country folks.
I usually don't rant like this but c'mon people pay attention! This isn't a surprise, it's not falling from a clear blue sky...really...