Winter is here: 13 scenes from the season's 1st snowfalls
25 centimetres of snow already
Edmontonians are already battling mountains of snow and it's a similar story in parts of Manitoba, where the ditches of the Trans Canada were littered with cars earlier this month.
The first snow of the season made for a pretty backdrop to this selfie at Lake Louise, Alta., on Nov. 1
First snow in TO
But Torontonians woke up to their first snowy commute this morning, meaning winter has undeniably arrived.
Early season opening in the West
Winter got off to an early start in the alpine areas of the West, where the stoke was high among these early season skiers at Whistler.
Going for one last ride
In Europe, the first snows in southeast France didn't stop these cyclists from getting in one last ride near the village of Le Bessat, in the mountains between Lyon and Saint-Etienne, on Nov. 22.
A refugee's first winter in Germany
A sandal-clad Syrian refugee girl plays in the first snow of the season at a military base-turned-shelter in Sonthofen, in southern Germany, on Nov. 22.
Austrians keen to ski
In Austria, these cross-country skiers were so keen on winter they flocked to this artificial slope to get their thigh burn on in the western village of Seefeld on Nov. 5. In the Austrian alpine, it was a different story with the fully snow-draped summits of the Tyrolian Stubaier glacier enticing downhill skiers as early as Oct. 21.
A careful commute in Krakow
Winter came early in Poland, too, where drivers in Krakow had snow to contend with on the morning drive on Oct. 12.
Red Square turns white, early
Moscovites and tourists alike were treated to snowy stroll through Red Square, in central Moscow, on Oct. 9 during the first snowfall in the Russian capital.
Great white Wall
Visitors to the Great Wall of China had to tread carefully on the attraction's many steps made slippery by ice and snow on Nov. 23. In Beijing, the main international airport was blanked a day earlier as the first snows of the season swept across Asia, grounding flights and disrupting traffic.