BA757 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2832 posts, RR: 13 Posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2369 times:
When it snows in the UK.
People are in a mad panic because we are supposed to be getting 10-15cm of snow in certain places in the next few hours... I mean WOW, 10-15cm of snow. It is almost certainly going to bring the country to a halt and cause havoc.
Why is the country so incapable of dealing with a little bit of snow? Look at some of the states in America, Canada, Scandinavia and certain areas of Europe where they cope with snow like this regularly, it doesn't bring them to a halt. I do appreciate some of these countries may have better equipment for dealing with snow than we do, but it is still no excuse for the havoc and disruption that is going to be caused over the next couple of days.
Demoose From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 1952 posts, RR: 21
Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2369 times:
Think you just answered the question....we don't deal with snow regularly hence we don't invest millions in snow clearing equipment which at best would be used once a year. It's just something we've got used to in the UK, anyway its a day off work if the roads are that bad!
PlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 12038 posts, RR: 59
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2327 times:
It's been snowing here a bit today in Devon, much more in the North of the country and Cornwall. Things tend not to stop in the country, as the drivers are much better at coping with snow, those in the city though tend to have little experience of it and will panic when they get just a few centimeters of the stuff.
Time to get those sleighs out!
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Quoting BA787 (Reply 3): To be honest, Im glad the UK is so crap when it comes to snow , it means if we get the slightest sprinkling, my school closes fully
That is ridiculous. I only recall one day off school due to snow when I was there. I may sound like my parents do to me, but even in the days when I was at school, it snowed a lot more and worse than it does these days.
There is a school on the end of our road, it is probably one of the best treated streets in the area when it snows, probably to avoid closures.
Jamie757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2201 times:
Quoting BA757 (Thread starter): People are in a mad panic because we are supposed to be getting 10-15cm of snow in certain places in the next few hours... I mean WOW, 10-15cm of snow. It is almost certainly going to bring the country to a halt and cause havoc.
I couldn't agree more, in my local supermarket earlier, the bread/milk sections were empty! I do look forward to seeing the comical driving over the next day or two though.
LHRjc From Netherlands, joined Apr 2006, 1964 posts, RR: 18
Reply 13, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2156 times:
Quoting BA757 (Reply 6): That is just a poor excuse really though - we don't need heavy duty gear to deal with it. We don't even have to get 10-15cm of snow to cause problems, just a slight dusting causes issues.
I completely agree with you, but I'm in AMS at the moment and the Dutch railways seem to have cancelled a lot of trains today because there is some snow. Now, I don't know if it's because of the snow, or if there's worse snow elsewhere in Holland but there are definitely lots of delays / cancellations here.
Apologies to any Dutch if I'm being totally ignorant about your transport infrastructure.
That said, just as I post this it's just started belting it down with snow here
"Our 319's are very reliable. They get fixed very quickly."
We don't get several feet of snow the way you do, it's usually just a few inches. Therefore, the need for ploughing the snow away is fairly limited, and so to keep the roads free of snow and ice, they use "grit" which is basically salt with a few added chemicals which they lay on the road in the hours prior to the snowfall. It melts the snow, prevents freezing, and keeps the roads safer.
She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.