The Big Dump


Good luck finding a shovel in Kincardine after last weekend’s snowfall.

Approximately 18 inches of snow fell in town Friday night, and residents woke up Saturday with the daunting task of digging themselves out.

The one-night snow fall combined with the foot-and-half of snow that fell earlier in the week to cover most of the town in deep snow. Plows worked into Saturday afternoon to clear the local streets.

The white stuff made shovels a valued commodity. Kincardine Canadian Tire sold three trailers full of shovels. Store staff estimates that approximately 1,000 shovels flew off the shelves. Home Hardware also had a banner weekend, as it sold its entire stock of shovels.

Almost two feet of snow fell Friday night in Kincardine, leaving residents to shovel their way out of the house Saturday morning. Scott Irwin was one of many out cleaning their cars on the weekend. (Kiel Edge photo)

Snow blowers also sold at a record pace. Home Hardware and Canadian Tire each sold out of gas-powered machines, selling approximately 60 combined. Canadian Tire said only a few electric machines remained as of Monday morning.

Store manager John Satosek said he hasn’t seen this type of winter equipment sales in 15 years.

While Kincardine residents woke up to deep snow Saturday, the storm did not make it as far as Port Elgin, which received little to no snow. Tiverton and Inverhuron both received a foot of snow Friday night.

With warmer temperatures expected this week, Kincardine can look forward to some of the accumulation disappearing.