Year 52 AC
This year is an especially harsh winter. The winter brings lots of snow, even to the lower elevations, and spring comes late. The growing season ends up being very small and many places don't yield even half of their normal food levels. Villages horde what little food they have and drive off strangers. Trade is very limited. Many in the city die from lack of food, the villages doing better since they can also hunt, fish and forage to supplement.