As predictable and obvious as it is to say that winter in Canada is cold, on days like today (and so many over the holiday) it is really the only subject that comes up in almost every conversation, no matter where you are.

Take a quick look at these tweets – all from today -- from CTV News reporters. Despite frozen fingers, weather has also been one of the most tweeted subjects today:

From Joy Malbon:

 

From Jill Macyshon:

 

From Ben Miljure:

 

So now we have to get used to the term 'polar vortex' -- not just some made up meteorologists’ lingo -- this is serious stuff. It’s massive and has a big chunk of North America in a deep freeze -- some of the 'coldest air in 2 decades' according to the U.S. National weather Service. Every state in the union is or will be below zero at some point over these 24 hours -- even you Hawaii.

NOAA forecast for Tuesday morning (courtesy NOAA)

 

But look north to Todd Battis in Halifax:

 

Just don’t envy our Atlantic Bureau Chief too much. As Todd points out, the melt causes another potential big problem:

Speaking of the "polar vortex" – this weather has introduced a few other words to our lexicons whether we like it or not. Ever heard of an "ice quake" before a few weeks ago?

This is the first day back to school and work for a lot of Canadians and everyone has a story about how they survived the ice storm – or with whom! My colleague had FIVE days, without power but with, not just his parents, but also his in-laws - all shivering under the same roof. Nothing says Happy Holiday like strained relations.

For me, the power outage and my downed boulevard tree weren’t nearly as bad as my imagination. I heard the creaking trees every night after the ice storm and was convinced they were all going to fall like dominos right onto my roof. I started binge watching Breaking Bad as a distraction and it worked. I’m now hooked on the show and no other trees fell victim to the weather.

In fact this is the perfect weather to watch TV -- so tune in to CTV National News tonight at 11pm for some cold comfort from Genevieve Beauchemin and Joy Malbon who are filing on the forecast and the fact that you’re not alone in your misery. Which, by the way, Environment Canada meteorologist David Phillips says could very well last into February.

If you have to be outside, bundle up and drive carefully.

Hope you’ll join us tonight.

Lisa