Snow delays flights, disrupts commutes in Europe

#1
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/2009020...90202082026;_ylt=AiOLBBNt1hCNGelwsiNeLMeQOrgF

A blanket of snow covered western European capitals on Monday, causing major flight delays, disrupting public transport and snarling traffic in London and Paris.

London was covered in up to 10 centimetres (four inches) of snow, the heaviest fall in 18 years, and all bus services were cancelled, while other transport routes were also hit by severe delays.
Have you any problems with the snowfall? Are the roads been cleared from snow?

-19 this morning in Moscow. Not too cold really because -38 was predicted.
 
#2
I blame the spetznaz units. 8)
 
#3
KGB_resident said:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090202/wl_afp/europeweathersnow_20090202082026;_ylt=AiOLBBNt1hCNGelwsiNeLMeQOrgF

A blanket of snow covered western European capitals on Monday, causing major flight delays, disrupting public transport and snarling traffic in London and Paris.

London was covered in up to 10 centimetres (four inches) of snow, the heaviest fall in 18 years, and all bus services were cancelled, while other transport routes were also hit by severe delays.
Have you any problems with the snowfall? Are the roads been cleared from snow?

-19 this morning in Moscow. Not too cold really because -38 was predicted.
I woke up to less than 5mm of snow and its now stopped snowing.
 
#5
Sergy, most of Eastern (and Western) Europe can deal with snow. It happens on an anual basis. This country however, we turn into a panic stricken gridlock with no movement. You would think it was armagedon. If Putin wants to put pressure on the UK, dont threaten us with nukes - threaten to dump 5 inches of snow on us
 
#6
drain_sniffer said:
Sergy, most of Eastern (and Western) Europe can deal with snow. It happens on an anual basis. This country however, we turn into a panic stricken gridlock with no movement. You would think it was armagedon. If Putin wants to put pressure on the UK, dont threaten us with nukes - threaten to dump 5 inches of snow on us
Haha lol the snow isnt that bad in Redditch infact everything is working and going ahead as normal only one school closure and thats the special school
 
#7
Part of the problems has to be our push for green motoring etc. 4X4 is bad, as is a powerful heavy car. These days, we have low rolling resistance tyres with sod all grip in bad weather. What happened to winter tyres and keeping a couple of sacks and a shovel in the boot?
 
#8
Just had a march out canceled on me because DHE/MHS are saying the road to the village where the 1/4 is at is too bad.

"That will be the road I've just driven down to get into work then?"

Then spent another bugger about re-booking via central bookings, because they cannot arrange it locally. I'm not far off just posting the keys back through the office front window tied to a bloody brick.

God, Mondays get me down.
 
#9
Still snowing here in Notts, decided to work from home so I'm sitting in my living room listening to the Specials.

Hard life innit. 8)

"Working for the rat-race......."
 
#10
Here in Hungary we have Summer and Winter tyre sets. Initial outlay is expensive but tyres last twice as long and hey presto! no problems with getting around. Even the village roads are clear.
 

chimera

LE
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#11
Usual pathetic response in the UK. Watched the local BBC news where some hysterical reporter in Kent was blabbering about "just how bad is this going to get...". So I drove to work through 0.5mm of dusted snow, to find half the Civil Servants have decided not to turn in because of the weather.
 
#12
Would be interesting to see the number of Civil Servants turn up for work in MoD compared with Servicemen. [Please don't include the RAF as this would slew the figures]
 
#13
Still bucketing it down in Sheffield. Got near to 6cm, roads are lethal in some area's with one person ski-ing past me...
 
#14
Fair bit of snow this morning, varying between 20 to 25cm in places.

Off I went at 06.30 trundling along deserted back roads, quite pleasant really but then I was in my ancient Land Cruiser which has proper snow & mud rated tyres. So where was all this chaos I was hearing on the radio?

Well, when I got to the (untreated) A road I found it. Cars crawling along yet slithering all over the place including a couple of poncey lifestyle 4x4's thanks to the plonkers having low profile "performance" tyres. Sure I heard my old LC sneer at them.

By 08.00 and still crawling along and then came to a complete stop. At 09,00 gave up, turned round and have spent the past hour fighting my way back through the mess on main roads. And according to the forecast, more snow with a bit of a blow this PM.

Yes, we are mostly wholly unequipped for this. No trains, bus companies given up and all schools closed round here . Hospitals only taking A&E. Plod seem unprepared as well. Saw a couple of Police cars having a bad time so they seem to be on the same "useless for snow" tyres as most of the country.
 
#15
Had to go to the dentist at 0830 this morning in Hove - about 6" of snow and nothing appears to have been gritted but the bonus is there is no one on the road. Drove from Brighton to work in Burgess Hill after and found Brighton passable as long as there were no other cars around. Drivers seem to think that the correct speed to drive in heavy snow is 5mph in 1st gear! The inevitable happened on Dyke Road (no, not that sort of Dyke), someone stopped on a hilly bit and couldn't get going again. After getting past that bit onto the A23 the road was clear and well gritted - must be the responsibility of a different council.
 
#16
The country needs a good hard kick up the arrse, this snow-phobia is fecking pathetic. The main road through my local town is clear of snow, yet there is almost no traffic. The town is almost entirely shut up, with only a florist open. Banks and PO closed (ironically the stationary shop is open, but the second PO it used to contain was shut down a few weeks ago). The local secondary school is shut, yet its sited in the middle of the housing estates where the majority of the pupils and teachers actually live - most of them have a five minute walk on a normal day. By contrast, I just met a primary school teacher in the street - she says all of the staff and pupils have turned up, bar one who lives on a farm in the sticks. What I also can't comprehend is the morons who do venture out in their cars - having cleared just a letterbox-sized slit to see through in the snow adhering to the windows of their car. If plod had bothered to get out of bed, they should be hauling these people over for driving without due care & attention or similar. Roll on the next ice age - lets have some Darwinian selection...
 
#17
exile1 said:
Here in Hungary we have Summer and Winter tyre sets. Initial outlay is expensive but tyres last twice as long and hey presto! no problems with getting around. Even the village roads are clear.
Ditto for Switzerland. Indeed, they are a legal requirement for WINTER.
 
#18
Reading this from Thailand and having a good laugh...........good sunbathing weather again today!.

I see Heathrow was closed most of the morning,no surprise as the BAA couldn't arrange a intense alcoholic drinking session in a brewery.
 

Command_doh

LE
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#19
Fcuking hell, didn't we used to have an Empire? Defeated by a light dusting (barely a whole evenings' worth) of snow, and there is mass hysteria in the media. 'THOUSANDS OF SCHOOLS HAVE CLOSED', 'motorways are in gridlock', 'British Airways have cancelled all flights until 1700', 'one single measly plan slips of taxi way at Terminal 1'.

Fcuk me, its the end of days....

Very embarassing. Where is the stiff upper lip, eh?
 
#20
All SE trains cancelled this morning. I guess about a fifth to a quarter of London commuters unable to get in? How hard can it be to clear a railroad? Trans Siberian Express goes year round, we grind to a halt.

If I was PM, I'd impose martial law every time it snows. Put soldiers in charge of the transport system and let them do whatever is needed to get it working.

WTF is all that about? As a nation we just gave up.
 

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