Oh, that’s gotta sting!
20 January 2013 Last updated at 07:37 ET
Frozen UK braced for more ice and snow
Ice and freezing temperatures are to continue across the UK, as further snow falls – particularly in eastern parts of the country.
BBC Weather said snow flurries were expected for much of the UK throughout Sunday.
Up to 8cm (3in) is forecast for south-east and eastern England spreading to parts of north-eastern England later.
Travel disruption will continue and Heathrow Airport will be hit by a third day of cancellations and delays.
The airport has reduced Sunday’s flight schedule by 20% because of forecast snow and low visibility.
Airport managers said the planned reduction – which amounts to 200-250 flights – should create enough space in the timetable to prevent any further cancellations.
London City Airport has also been affected and has closed its runway until 14:00 GMT.
The airport urged passengers to check their flight status before traveling to the airport.
All delivered with that typically British style. You just know someone is fuming over the story, but it must be done, so stiff upper lip and soldier on…
Hey, I grew up with it from my Mum who taught me to “persevere” despite the emotional status. She being English.
But you just know that deep down inside, someone, somewhere at The Beeb, is just gritting their teeth…
It goes on:
The weather has also disrupted train services.
Eurostar, Southeastern and South West Trains have all reported either delays or cancellations due to the adverse conditions.
In other developments:
Scotland’s first minister, Alex Salmond, has said an avalanche, in which four climbers were killed on Saturday, was an ‘appalling tragedy’.
In County Down, power has been restored to homes after engineers worked through Friday and Saturday. The power cut due to heavy snow and high winds had affected more than 2,000 homes.
The eastbound carriageway of the M48 Severn Bridge has reopened but the westbound carriageway remains closed due to ice.
In Essex, a crash in heavy snow has blocked the southbound carriageway of the A12.
Which all sounds like quite a mess.
The Met Office has issued a yellow “be aware” ice warning covering almost the whole of England, all of Wales and Northern Ireland, and the south-west corner of Scotland.
The warning says: “The public should be aware of the risk of localised difficult travel conditions due either to existing snow cover, or to icy surfaces.”
I don’t know how bad “Yellow” is, but presume the only thing left worse is “Red”?
Road conditions in parts of the south have been described as “miserable” and drivers have been warned to take extra care after sub-zero temperatures turned snow on some roads to black ice.
Meanwhile, Birmingham’s Heartlands Hospital, which put out a call for help from 4×4 drivers to help transport staff, said it had been “overwhelmed” by the response.
Well, they certainly don’t seem to be varnishing things much. “Miserable” is pretty clear.
Needing 4 x 4 trucks to get staff to the hospital is also pretty clear. Do find it humorous that they are surprised at the turnout. All those folks with 4 x 4 vehicles, waiting patiently for some reason to have spent the money to buy them, years of spousal “looks” and friends remarks; their chance for vindication and to show up at work pronouncing “I and my 4 x 4 were needed to ferry staff to Hospital.” Delivered with the necessary dismissive ‘Snif’… God, you’d have them lined up around the bloody block. And it seems that they were ;-)
Looks like it’s not getting better any time soon, either:
Forecasters said the snowfall would continue in much of eastern Scotland and north-east England on Monday, while there could also be flurries in southern England and Northern Ireland.
Cold weather is anticipated across the UK throughout Sunday, with temperatures at or about freezing in most areas and BBC Weather predicting a possible low of -8C in Dorchester, Dorset, on Sunday night.
North, south, east, “most areas”… Looks like the whole place is going into the meat locker. The article has a color map (much blue on it) showing snow most everywhere but Ireland. Then again, most of Ireland (the island) is not in the UK. Perhaps God is an Irishman ;-) Or at least not an Orange. Snow only expected in “Northern Ireland”? ;-)
There are times when nature sure does seem to have a sense of humor and fair play.
Though I do hope this doesn’t go on too long or be too miserable. After all, 1/2 of my family tree is still over there. (The rest is scattered around the globe. Australia, Canada, Germany, Denmark / Scandinavia, a bit of France; and wherever they then went in later years. Some of the German / Swiss / Amish kin ended up in parts of South America ( I think mostly Argentina) but that’s a more distant connection.
At any rate, wishing those still in the UK and Northern Europe a quick return to warming. For the family in County Mayo, Ireland, I wish them continued lack of snow.
As for the BBC: Just read the lines, smile to the camera, even if only a little smile, and “carry on”.