Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Snow Daze

The British are absolutely codswalloped by eight to ten inches of snow in London.

Travellers are facing more disruption and hundreds of schools are to remain closed after the heaviest snowfalls in 18 years hit parts of the UK.

South-east England has seen delays on roads and cancellations of trains and flights, while gritters have struggled to reach some areas in the Pennines.

The snow is expected to move north, with eastern Scotland and the Borders forecast to bear the brunt.

Forecasters say ice could also make roads hazardous in southern England.

Liberal Democrat transport spokesman Norman Baker said it was “an absolute disgrace” that the country’s infrastructure was unable to cope with bad weather.

The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for much of the UK.

Although overnight snowfall in northern England was not as heavy as predicted, many minor roads have witnessed tailbacks and heavy disruption.

Further snow has been predicted for northern Scotland on Wednesday.

It’s all relative, I suppose. When I lived in northern Michigan, eight to ten inches of snow was considered a “heavy frost,” but two inches could shut down the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Here in Miami, we have traffic alerts for fog.

As for the terminology, I think I can figure out what a “gritter” is: a sand truck. But I have no idea what a “tailback” is, at least in the context they’re using it here. I don’t think there’s a lot of football players scattered along the snow-clogged roads of rural England.