5cm of snow in Chicago = annoying, 5cm of snow in South West England = Snowmageddon

Posted on January 6, 2010 by yankeebean

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This morning began normally.  I woke up, put on my giant fuzzy slippers, wandered into the kitchen and turned on the coffee machine.

Then I looked out the window…

and there was SNOW!!  WOOHOO!!  (The joy experienced comes partially from working at home and knowing you don’t have to get in your car…)

But OH how the joy slowly faded as I slowly took in the scene and, I kid you not, this is what I saw… in order…

First I saw a car parallel parked (technically ‘parallel stuck’) – fishtailing back and forth a couple of inches over and over and over and over.  I watched them for about a minute as they shimmie-shook their way nowhere at all.  Finally they gave up and just sat there.

Then a cyclist tried to turn a corner and fell off his bike… (he was fine, I think – he got right back up again.  In fact, he got right back on his bike and teetered away – guy’s got stones…)

Then I saw a mamma with a pushchair – well, dragging a pushchair behind her.  She had the same body language as someone trying to drag a mule somewhere it doesn’t want to go.  The pushchair had one of those anti-snowmageddon sheets over it – and I bet she was wishing she was in there instead of out in the elements…

Then I saw a jogger wearing SHORTS AND A T-SHIRT running along like it was no big deal (I felt like that guy in Flashforward when he saw the kangaroo).  I’m sure there’s some reasonable explanation, though, like a rift in the time-space continuum or a worm hole or something.

In short – snowmageddon has arrived in the South West… because of 5cm of snow.

Five centimetres!!!  HA!

I know I know I know, I get it – they’re not used to it, it’s not very common, they don’t have the resources and the expense isn’t worth the gain, yadayadayada.

It’s just a bizarre comparison with my ol’ stomping ground Sweet-Home-Chicago where 5cm of snow barely even counts as snow.  It would be called Sn.  We once had 3ft of snow over night and we STILL had to go to school – and it was UPHILL BOTH WAYS…  ;)

Seriously, though, I hope everyone is ok out there in the elements – especially the drivers that have been stuck in their cars overnight on the A3.  That sounds HORRIBLE…

If all you gorgeous readers don’t HAVE to travel, then don’t – stay home in your warm den and drink tea.  I guess the good news is that it’s after Christmas so we should all have stockpiles of candy and chocolate.

“In case of snowmageddon, break glass, eat Minstrels”

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  1. Steve Shawcross January 18, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Aye gritting varies from local council to local council area. Thankfully in England trunk roads and motorways are looked after by the Highways Agency, so at least they are properly maintained. My local county council has been very good at gritting roads, so no problems around my way.

    As for closer to home, an urban myth persists in the UK that if you salt/grit the drive or pavement outside your house, you can be held responsible (in terms of compo) if somebody slips over and injures themselves.

    However as long as clear the snow fully and don’t do anything negligent (such as pour boiling water over the ice), then you are ‘safe’ from legal action.

  2. Gill January 13, 2010 at 2:42 am

    that “headline” says it all. For a hospital to run out of plaster because of the amount of breaks and fractures, see this: http://thatbritishwoman.blogspot.com/2010/01/things-are-changing.html

    Britian is turning into a third world country…..

    Gill in Canada, originally from Britain………

  3. Dar January 10, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    I am in North Wales and despite the massive amounts of snow, we were expected to get into work. I live in the mountains and the roads were barely gritted. After a two hour crawl into the office (normally 20 minutes), I saw the car park. Covered in snow and without one tiny piece of grit on it. By lunchtime, cars were sliding from their parking spaces and we were asked to move them. Umm, to where? Nothing is gritted!

    It has been an experience. Especially for a girl from outside Boston, MA!

  4. Rachel January 8, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Hysterical, Yankeebean! There was trauma here in Norwich, as well. The local surgery called up and cancelled my afternoon appointment (for initially registering) because they were concerned about their doctor having to drive to work. I looked outside and there was MAYBE 2 cm of snow out there. Even all the shops had signs that said they were closing early (even though the weather never arrived.) I was giggling all day.

  5. LimeyLinda January 8, 2010 at 12:23 am

    Here in Chicagoland it started snowing late last night, and we are supposed to get 7-12″ depending where you live. Over by the Lake the lake effect snow will dump more on the City than we have in the Western suburbs. It is supposed to stop snowing by lunchtime tomorrow and then get really cold. You’re welcome to come and enjoy the snow, Yankeebean!

  6. Miss America January 6, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    I was out with a group of ladies this weekend (yay for meeting people in a foreign country!), and the conversation turned to moaning about the snow (I’d like to point out it was not snowing) for, I kid you not, at least 15 minutes. I finally couldn’t take it any more and told them the week before I left the US it snowed 18 inches and it took THAT to shut down the city. They laughed, I laughed. We moved on to something a-English, like relationships or something. Just kidding. We started talking about our jobs. Ah, meeting new people in a foreign country…

  7. Almost American January 6, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Even in New England people seem to have forgotten how to drive in the snow when first storm of each year hits. It must be so much harder when you so rarely see snow of any depth!

  8. Kristy January 6, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    I’m also very used to very snowy winters. But I’m happy to adopt to the English ways when it comes to attitudes about Snow. I’ve totally stayed home from work today. It’s lovely.

  9. Patty January 6, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    I’m from NE Ohio originally, and we used to get 3-4 feet of snow at a time atleast once a winter, and I still went to work.

    But here….hecks no! Not with the way that roads are maintained, and the amount of winding roads and hills I would have to take.

    Plus, after a not so restful night (a tree hung on a power line nearby, which knocked all the power out, and the top of the tree caught on fire so we had no electricity for 13 hours), a snow day is much needed.

  10. Teri January 6, 2010 at 10:32 am

    “There’s going to be 40 cm of snow overnight! Get ready! FIND YOUR MITTENS! PURCHASE CANNED GOODS! CANCEL EVERYTHING!”

    This country is insane. It’s like the country that cried snow.

    But one note: has it ever heard of salt? I had to walk from the tube into work in teeny tiny baby steps to avoid catastrophe. I’m thinking of buying table salt at Tesco and just whipping it in front as I walk for the rest of the day…

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