A Couple of Inches of Snow

by Michael Smith (Veshengro)

London, UK, February 5, 2012: A couple of inches of snow – snow we knew was coming – and the South of England, especially London and the Home Counties, have come to an almost total standstill again.

Sun02-05-12_0700_web It began snowing, lightly, on the evening of Saturday, February 4, 2012 and the snow continued throughout the night and, once again, trucks and cars got stranded on the motorways and flights have been canceled because of snow on runways.

While it was a continuous falling of light snow it was never a blizzard, at least not around here, and never heavy snow, and still... chaos ensued once again.

We can but count ourselves lucky in Britain that we have not gotten a winter weather as they have on mainland Europe with day temperatures in places such as Berlin not going above freezing and with tons of snow.

The amazing this is that most of Europe is still getting on with life while here a few inches, the Russians would refer to that as a “light dusting”, of snow bring life to an almost total standstill.

It is but amazing that despite all the Met Office's warnings and all that we still drive like idiots when it starts to snow and the majority of motorists are simply not prepared with hot drinks, blankets and whatever else needed, to sit out such an event away from the main roads.

I really have no idea what it takes for people to get prepared for this, and other events. No one seems prepared to make their own contingencies, always relying on the authorities to get them out of trouble.

© 2012