I’ve just sat watching the news with a very bemused look on my face, wondering if i am actually an unwitting onlooker to some bizarre joke.
It was, of course, about the “horrendous snowfalls which have caused havoc across the country” – one reporter said “in some areas up to 4 INCHES has fallen” another scratted about on the top of a grassy welsh hill for a handful of slush (which she actually had to move from the spot to manage to find) and explained that these huge levels of snow would now freeze and cause icy conditions tomorrow. Well duh.
Another stood in the absolutely snow free square of Crowbridge and explained that conditions would mean that many school would have to remain closed tomorrow.
Now, i told my dad not to drive down the A1 today because i preferred him not to drive in inevitably slippy and difficult conditions, i certainly wouldn’t have gone anywhere either, because i’d rather drive in nice weather. We had about 2 inches at most here and granted, i saw one car slide around the corner in our completely ungritted street. I’d prefer notr to do, or have anyone i love do, long drives on difficult roads in snow.
BUT HOW CAN 4 INCHES OF SNOW be enough to bring the country to the brink of a complete stop? HOW? it barely comes up to the top of a shoe. Surely the Scots must routinely get more than this? Surely the Austrians and Swiss manage several months on more than this. I’m damn sure 2-4 inches of snow wouldn’t have provoked 10 reporters out on all day jollies, wall to wall news coverage of it and 1000’s of school children to miss a days school in my day!
Has the world gone MAD? It was 2-4 inches of snow. It was melting by late morning here!