Tuesday, 22 November 2005

Can the Brits handle a real winter?

So, the one winter I think I’m going to get away from the Chicago weather…

I can’t picture 20 cm of snow…how many feet is that anyway? All I know is (English friends will have to excuse my comments), these people can’t handle it, mwah-hah-hah…

1 comment:

Suzer said...

It’s about 2/3rds of a foot, so about 8 inches. Not a light snow, but manageable for those of us used to it. It’s the wind factor and ice that can be a problem for anyone, however.

Commented by muddiah on November 21, 2005 at 9:05 pm

Im sure they’ll handle it better than Cafornians or Washingtonians (DC that is). Remeber, DC is the city that ran out of salt!

Commented by kivadiva on November 22, 2005 at 1:23 am

2.5 centimeters to the inch - so your Mum is correct - that’s about 8 inches.

You are the more correct though - it will bring things to a standstill here almost - we have just not had any level of snow more than 2 inches in the past 7 years, and even then it has gone by lunchtime the next day.

It may be manageable elsewhere but not here I’m afraid.


Commented by steveg on November 22, 2005 at 10:21 am | Edit This
So, are we saying public transport/roads will be shut down…that kind of standstill? Or just things taking longer?

Commented by Suzer on November 22, 2005 at 9:01 pm | Edit This
Things taking CONSIDERABLY longer - although if it is a heavyish fall then some roads will naturally close down. Think of where you recently resided and the hill, in 8 inches of snow I would chose another route than try to get up or (gulp) down it in slippery conditions.

I can remember occasions in the past when snow has started at lunchtime and by mid afternoon it was settling in a serious way, many companies allowed their staff home early to get them home early! Hahaha It took me 7 hoiurs to get from one side of the city to the other, simply due to the traffic on the roads.

I can’t say this WILL happen, but I have seen it on 3 occasions and don’t fancy it happening again. We just do not get enough snow here to be prepared for it, so total confusion reigns.


Commented by steveg on November 23, 2005 at 1:59 pm

7 hours?! oy vey, don’t they have snow plows and snow melt???

Commented by Suzer on November 23, 2005 at 5:34 pm

Yes, they have snow ploughs - well they do when they get to fit the things onto the trucks and tractors, as we don’t have dedicated ones, we just don’t get enough snow to warrant it; But I wasn’t talking about huge volumes of snow as such, more the panic to get home volumes of traffic - snow ploughs would be no use in that case anyway as the cars were taking up the whole roads. Snow melt I presume is like the salted grit they scatter on our roads?


Commented by steveg on November 24, 2005 at 11:31 am

Yep, that’s snow melt. They usually use salt on our roads, I think, which can really damage the roads and cars over time.

Commented by Suzer on November 25, 2005 at 12:22 pm