No sooner that I wrote about a warm and dry winter expected in Canada because of El Nino that we had our first snow fall in the season.Yesterday, there was a snow squall with significant accumulation on roof tops and patches of grass. Today, there are still patches of snow on the ground, although most of it melted since the ground is not frozen yet.It felt like the dead of winter in January, but it was only October 13. This is very unusual for this time of the year. The CBC called it "historic", and the magnitude of it in the Niagara penninsula was huge. The town of Fort Erie had 30 cm of snow causing it to was shut down, including schools and business. Power was also disrupted for up to 155,000 customers. Across the border in Buffalo, New York, it was the same, with up to 60 cm of snow fall. Three deaths have been reported, and one aircraft's nose was lifted up in the air by the weight of the snow on the tail. Highways came to a complete stand still, and government officials said that people should avoid driving altogether.Ever since record keeping began in the 1870s, there is no history of sustained snow fall in October.An 86 year old man in Buffalo said on TV: "I've never seen anything like that in my life!" I hope that the Environment Canada forcast holds for winter.