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Thus spake John Dean:
Er, I take it all back. During the last five ... to boot. The suddenness of this blizzard is quite startling.

Extraordinary. I've been online for an hour. I sat down when the skies were clear blue, the temperature middling and ... of snow to report there's a power cut in the local shopping centre. And the damn stuff is still falling.

The snow has been here for about three months, so far. In that time, the temperature has ranged from -22 to .

I much preferred where I moved from, though, where the snow arrived in October and left in May. In April 1997, the snow measured in at 2.4 metres deep. Not one bus or plane ran any later than usual. Neither did the power cut.

Simon R. Hughes
The problem is not the snow, it's the other traffic.

In particular, the several generations of drivers who've grown up without having learnt how to drive in snow. Aaargh ...

Katy Jennison
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Evan:
For a little snow? (And, yes, I know whereof I speak. Looking at your forecast, your expecting a total accumulation of 4-8 inches.

We had school. And we didn't even get 4-8. The reports were exaggerated, as usual. How come when I came to Massachusetts, NJ started getting heavier/more snow than MA? It makes *no* sense!
Edward:
No schyool tomorrow! Yay!!

Shame. You need to brush up on your speling. Edward

HOW is that funny? Someone, please explain. I don't see how this is just *my* ignorance!
Edward:

Shame. You need to brush up on your speling. Edward

HOW is that funny? Someone, please explain. I don't see how this is just *my* ignorance!

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In particular, the several generations of drivers who've grown up without having learnt how to drive in snow. Aaargh ...

In Plaistow they don't know enought to wipe the snow off the rear window and their headlamps!
I just noticed that we've had about 2 inches of snow. The UK will be closed down shortly.

The residents of Vancouver have similar problem when it snows, but today they're out golfing while we enjoy our -28'C. Do your wrmst rgrds retain their customary warmth with 2" of snow? And for whom are the less-than-wrmst-rgrds reserved?[/nq]It's funny you should ask that. Yesterday's snow was just a warm-up session for this evening. I drove 12 miles into the country to meet my wife from the train, as I usually do Wednesdays. At 5 the weather was okay. 5.05 it started raining, and, as I called her to ask her if she caught the usual train, the rain turned to sleet then snow within seconds. She told me she was stranded, could not make the station because it had been snowing for hours, and was going to her home by the Underground.

By the time I got back to the car within minutes it was covered with 3 inches of snow. I got stuck on the first hill and had to call my pal who has a 4 wheel drive vehicle and a tow-rope. I was okay once I reached level ground (although the wipers had to work overtime) and eventually a main road where the gritting trucks had been, but it took 3.5 hours to get home, and was the most scary drive I've done in years. Abandoned cars in many places. Glad I had my friend in front of me.
There are no less-than-wrmst-rgrds. I don't wish harm to anyone, just don't read the few people whose posts I don't care too read.

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Robin Bignall
Quiet part of Hertfordshire
England
Hi, Laura. I have been tearing my hair out during the last few days trying to stem to tide of hype. The spinning on occasions like this is entirely performed by the media, especially television.

This week and last week, I believe our TV weather forecasters have been right on target for a change. We have lots of snow, just as predicted. And thanks to Murphy's Law, our snowblower would not start when all this began. It took a visit to the repair shop to get it working.
The snow on the deck at the back of the house is probably a foot deep (with a few drifts about twice that size). The snow and the drifts are deeper in the front and back yards (BrE lawns?). None of this is unusual for southeast Michigan. Farther north, and in the Upper Peninsula, there's much more snow.
OBaue: In keeping with all this, I heard someone today refer to the "snowballing effect." Not "snowball," mind you. "Snowballing."

Is that a normal term for anyone here? "Snowballing effect"? I can't remember ever hearing it before.

Maria Conlon
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No schyool tomorrow! Yay!!

For a little snow? (And, yes, I know whereof I speak. Looking at your forecast, your expecting a total accumulation ... 30 inches, with drifts up to at least four or five feet. O'Hare airport closed, but not my high school.)

In Riga, snow was never the cause of school closings, but temperatures below -30 degrees Celsius were (-22deg. F). That was for elementary school, though, and we all were walking to school. I don't know what the other schools did. I attended those in Germany and the USA under warmer conditions.

Skitt (in Hayward, California)
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